Ten O’Clock Scholar – picture prompt


In Ten O’Clock Scholar, Peggy, a mother of two young boys, decides to go back to college for her Interior Design degree. The only problem with her plan is a reluctant husband. Peggy soon learns what it’s like trying to complete homework assignments, draw plans, and take required home tours while maintaining a home and caring for two little ones – with no support and a lot of opposition from hubby. Will she survive and achieve her dreams? Or will the struggles and arguments undermine her and make her give up? Stay tuned and read along as we find out.

This week we’re writing to a picture prompt.

Enjoy this week’s story snippet, then return to Tuesday Tales for more delightful tales from other talented authors.


By the time the next weekend arrived, Peggy wondered if the weekend away was even worth it. It was easy for Derek to agree to the trip to Big Bear. All he had to do was come home from work, load the ice chest into the car along with the bags that were already packed…and take off.

It was Peggy who spent most of the past two days shopping for groceries, washing and packing clothes – in general, making a list and checking it twice. She’d been up well past midnight the night before working on last minute details. But, even thought it was a lot of work, a change of scenery would be a nice treat.

The boys bickering in the back seat didn’t bother her. As most mothers can do, tuning out siblings arguments was an acquired skill and one that she had to put into play all too frequently. About the time the nitpicking started to screech through her numbness and get on her last nerve, she turned to reprimand the two and caught Jonathan’s head drop to his chest in slumber. Motioning to get Cliff’s attention, she held a finger in front of her pursed lips. “Shhhh. Leave him be and let him sleep.”

With no little brother to pester, Cliff soon settled down and started playing one of the games on the tablet they saved for the boys to use while traveling.

Peggy turned her attention to the scenery, watching the landscape change as they gained in elevation, getting higher into the mountains as the SUV turned on the switchback road like it made the trip every week. Thoughts of the pine scented forest that waited for them at the cabin tantalized and Peggy’s thoughts roamed to luxurious walks alone in the wooded trails around the lake.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mhsusannematthews
    Apr 17, 2017 @ 12:31:31

    I remember fighting siblings. Back in the day, they each had a walkman. Now that’s dating myself. lol Good post.


  2. Author
    Apr 18, 2017 @ 18:35:32

    Nicely done. I love how you worked in the photo. Jillian


  3. Flossie Benton Rogers
    Apr 19, 2017 @ 01:51:05

    I’m glad they are getting away to the forest. It makes me want to be with them. I can smell those pine trees and see that blue blue sky and secluded drive. Well done!


  4. jeanjoachim
    Apr 19, 2017 @ 10:05:27

    Love the description. And how do I remember the trips that had me running around, sweating like a pig to get everyone ready to go. And dad waltzes in, gets behind the whell and voila! We’re on the road. I hope this time away will allow her some time to get close to Derek again.


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