Ten O’clock Scholar – picture prompt

Our current story is Ten O’clock Scholar. This snippet is written for Tuesday Tales, where a group of authors write to a word or picture prompt each week. This week we’re writing to a picture prompt. These snippets will be short. Each one is 300 words or less. There are several pictures to choose from and we each pick one to write to. This is the one I chose.

Enjoy the tale, then go check out the other delightful tales you’ll find at Tuesday Tales.

A wave of curiosity overtook Peggy. “At your age, why are you starting these classes now? Are you going to try to work as a designer when you’re done?”

Wanda flinched and pulled back slightly, a frown filling her face. “Oh, my lord, no. I quit working a few months ago. I’m ready to slow down, spend more time with the grandbabies. No more day job in this lady’s life.”

Lines of perplexment etched themselves around Peggy’s eyes. “Then…if you don’t want to become an interior designer…why are you starting all these classes?”

“Because I want to learn. I want to know all about it, even if I never work a day in the profession.”

Peggy cocked her head and looked closer at her friend. “I don’t understand. You’re going to spend two years to get your certificate, but don’t want to work with it?”

Wanda nodded towards the door, where the teacher stood waiting for the two laggards to exit so she could close the room. She dropped her voice to a whisper. “Better head out before the old battle-ax starts another tantrum.”

Giggling, Peggy lifted her tote on her shoulder and headed to the door, Wanda right behind. When they got outside and the door clicked shut behind them, Wanda resumed the conversation.

“I want to learn for the learning. And I can use this skill to beautify my home. You know, just dress it up a bit. Last year, hubby and I were on vacation in a historic old west town. We stayed at this lovely period hotel. Of course, the décor wasn’t a theme I’d like to live with every day. But it was such a delight that enveloped the senses, I came home determined to learn the art of interior design.”

“But…” Peggy trailed off.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susanne Matthews
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 13:22:14

    Life long learning. I love it. Isn’t it what we’ve done learning to be authors? Well done


  2. Deb
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 15:13:18

    Hurray for learning just to be learning!


  3. Flossie Benton Rogers
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 17:07:21

    i’m so tickled that she has run into someone who wants to learn for the learning. Love her final, “But.”


  4. Vicki Locey
    Jan 19, 2022 @ 10:52:31

    Great snippet!


  5. Jean Joachim
    Feb 01, 2022 @ 20:15:37

    Love this! Wanda is learning for the sake of learning. I’d swear that’s a lost art! My dad went back to college to audit courses he never had time to take as an undergrad. He loved it and brought some other seniors with him, too. Life long learning keeps you young. Great scene!


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