FFfAW – Learning to Play

“Plunk, plunk, plunk”

“Keep practicing!” Mother told me.

“Plunk, plunk, plunk.”

All I could think about was going outside to play with my friends. I didn't want to be practicing on this ol' piano.

I let out a deep sigh and continued to plunk on the piano knowing the song I was playing didn't sound like a song at all. Maybe mother will get tired of listening to this horrible piano playing and let me go outside to play.

“Plunk, plunk, plunk.”

“Alright Roddy, you can go outside to play now.”

Yes!! It worked.

94 words

Thank you Mike Vore for our photo prompt this week!


This is my 94 word story for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. It's fun and everyone is invited to participate! For more information, click HERE.

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95 thoughts on “FFfAW – Learning to Play

  1. Poor kid, the mother is being too hard on him. I think she’s trying to make a prodigy out of him when all he wanted was to be a kid. Nicely told.

  2. I can almost imagine the kid plunking whatever keys he could get his hands on to annoy his mother! xD Loved the story, and it made me grin.

  3. Just about every parent I know has had to struggle with that first year or so when their children take a musical instrument. It gets better.

  4. Haha your and mine characters are totally opposite to each other. One has immense passion for being a pianist and the other is least interested. 😊 great story πŸ‘

  5. Flashback to my young days of piano lessons and wishing I could go and play instead. Looking back how I wish I had stuck with it! Funny story PJ πŸ™‚

  6. This is a fact it’s difficult listening to a child practice an instrument at first. Piano’s are bad, violins even worse (especially if you’re the one practicing). 😊

  7. I know a musician couple who tried took great pains for their daughter learn to play harmonium, It was after much sorrow to all parties they learned that she was tone deaf. Great write.

  8. Love your story…I’m sure there are many people that had children that tried that trick. The lessons are usually 30 minutes or 60 minutes, but to a child that wants to play outside, it may as well be 3 hours or 6 hours! I think they have to have the desire to play the piano more than their parents or they will lose interest after finding out it takes a certain amount of decication to learn the skill. It’s always easier to learn playing some type of sport. It’s not so confining.

    • You’re right Jessie! It is very confining for a child to sit for an hour and play the piano for daily practice. Yes, it is easier for them to learn a sport because they can get up and run around and play. Thank you so much!

  9. What a great story! Just like a kid (and a Mom.) Made me laugh from both sides – child and mother. You capture the emotions perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Aw too bad he didn’t like playing…but since he doesn’t maybe his Mom would be interested in selling me the piano!! πŸ˜‰

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