Friday Fictioneers – 4/19/2013 “History Lesson” – Genre: Sci-Fi – PG


Friday Fictioneers – 4/19/2013 – Genre: Sci-Fi – PG

“History Lesson”


“What’s a wasp, Mommy?” Gena asked.

The museum’s picture of a nest was before them.

“It was an insect that made those nests in trees and people’s homes.

Gena scrunched her nose and sighed slightly.  Kay could see her little brain working feverishly with the information.

“ ‘K, so what’s an insect and a tree?”

Kay walked her daughter to a nearby cushioned seat.  This was going to be a long one.

“An insect was a small creature, usually with wings, and a tree was a large plant made of wood.”

The scrunch again.


Kay sighed first, this time.

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  • David Stewart  On April 23, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Sounds like they have a lot of background knowledge to fill in. Is this perhaps in the future when none of those things exist?


    • kindredspirit23  On April 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Yes, I am sorry. That was supposed to become evident. Since it’s not the first time that was asked, I guess I didn’t bring it across enough by using the past tense.


  • lingeringvisions  On April 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I expect they live in a bubble.


  • Joe Owens  On April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Anyone with a child has had many of these learning sessions. It is the circle of life.


  • Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  On April 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I would hate to have such a conversation… sounds like hell


  • Lyn  On April 21, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Let’s hope it never gets to this. Realistic conversation between mother and daughter 🙂


  • 40again  On April 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Hi Scott
    I remember those times of endless questions and the overuse of Why?
    Loved your story, sounded natural.


  • Shreyank  On April 20, 2013 at 5:21 am

    loved this story… nice take on the prompt


  • Lily Mugford  On April 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    You captured the childlike curiosity and the patience of a parent who carries on explaining with a sigh.


  • elappleby  On April 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

    All those questions! Reminds me of when my kids were little.
    I took this as a futuristic story – when there aren’t any trees or insects left. Am I right? If so, it might have been clearer if the mother had spoken in the past tense in all her answers – unless you wanted to leave it ambiguous?


  • zookyworld  On April 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

    You nicely captured a child’s curiosity with lots of questions — and the patience it takes for someone to answer those. I’d hate to live in a world where kids need to ask what insects and trees are!


  • rgayer55  On April 19, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Natural curiosity at work. You painted the picture well. I could just see little Gena’s nose scrunch.


  • rochellewisoff  On April 19, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Dear Scott,
    Kay speaks of insects in the past tense. Makes me wonder where this takes place. Being the parent of three I know about these long conversations. EPR…Extra patience required. Cute story.


  • Anne Orchard  On April 19, 2013 at 5:19 am

    This is alarmingly possible. I wonder if we could live without wasps, but trees are pretty vital. Well told.


  • Sandra  On April 19, 2013 at 4:18 am

    This conversation will run and run, I fear. Nice one.


  • TheImaginator  On April 19, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Good one – implies dystopia through the everyday interaction between mother and child. Leaves me wondering how they are alive though. Replicating machines? Another planet? 🙂


    • kindredspirit23  On April 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Hm, hadn’t thought about the “another planet” option. Really not replicating machines either. Both are very interesting choices.
      I was being a simple: “in the future where man has destroyed so much”.


  • rheath40  On April 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    It’s cute but disheartening. Where’d the bees go? The trees? It’s a sad story, really. Dystopian even.


  • EagleAye  On April 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Great story! A cautionary tale as well in the best tradition of SciFi. I’m reminded of the lyric from the Karn Evil 9 song by ELP, “Look behind the glass, there’s a real blade of grass. Be careful as you pass, move along, move along.”


  • kz  On April 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    hehe really cute story! i love having these conversations with my little cousins. takes patience but it’s pretty awesome that they’re so eager to learn about everything ^^


  • Soma Mukherjee  On April 18, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Ha ha very cute story Scott
    made me laugh thinking about the sighs i have let out….its a good thing when kids get inquisitive but the series of questions sometimes …oh my
    loved the story
    love n hugs 🙂


  • tedstrutz  On April 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Hey! Cute, I really enjoyed this story. I’ve done those sighs a few times.


  • sustainabilitea  On April 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Sounds very natural. (You need “feverishly”, rather than “feverously.” I agree that it’s going to be a long day! 🙂



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