Friday, November 16, 2012

Men's Logic

Smiling, she watched as he placed the batteries into the old pickle jar. 

“You know, husband, if those are dead we can always go buy more. I hear they’re quite easy to find.”

“They’re not dead! They’ll work just fine in a remote control or dozens of things that don’t need a brand new battery. We’re not Rockefellers to go tossing out perfectly good things to go buy more, woman.”

“I see. Did you want me to save the coffee grounds too? They’re probably good for another pot.”

“Well now you’re just being silly. That’s not the same thing at all.”

This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction prompt based on a photo by Sean Fallon.


  1. :-)
    Some people just don't understand not being wasteful, do they :-)
    I like it!

  2. Dear Jeffrey,
    When I was growing up, my mother "laundered" aluminum foil to be reused. To this day I feel guilt twinges when I discard it after only one use.
    I enjoyed your take on the prompt.


    1. That's funny Rochelle. My aunt used to rinse then "iron" old aluminum foil. It creeped me out. lol.

  3. Very familiar! You have a comfortable couple of characters here--quirky personalities and all. I can't decide how old they are--retired age (but then they might not even be still having this conversation) or young pretending to be old and crotchety, or somewhere in between, authentically crotchety? :-)

  4. While we're at it what about the use toilette paper? Nice take on the prompt.

  5. But you can use coffee grounds for mulch!! I agree with Cindy and like the comfortable give-and-take.

  6. I really enjoyed this wonderful dialogue.

  7. I notice this is titled "Men's" Logic--an all-inclusive term.

  8. Hi Jeffrey,
    Yes, men and women do sometimes see things from a gendered point of view. And I have had that coffee made from the grounds and it's not very good! Ron

  9. Jeffrey,
    My Irish grandma would reuse tea bags...The tea was so weak is more like stained water than tea. Nice job! Had to laugh at this one!


  10. I meant to say "it was more like" ahhhh you get the point.


  11. I'm assuming these are elderly folks who grew up poor during the Great Depression...when people had to make do with what they had and make it last as long as possible. Nice work.

  12. I'm with her. If they've already been replaced with newer batteries, then the old ones are DEAD. He's a battery hoarder.

  13. Very realistic. I like how he calls her woman and she calls him husband. And I have to admit to a bit of not throwing out things that 'might come in useful later' myself.

  14. a good feel. Reminds me of my depression era parents.

  15. Dear Jeffrey,

    She's right, you know. I'll be t he just doesn't want to ask directions to the recycling center. Great story.