Ten O’clock Scholar – rock

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 the prompt ‘rock.’

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

Wanda patted Peggy’s shoulder in a motherly fashion. “You’ll understand one day. Life is more than learning for a job. It’s the learning that’s the plus. Learning for the sake of learning. I strongly feel that when someone stops, sits down, and stops learning, their life is over. I never want to be that person.”

Peggy cocked her head and thought for a moment about her new friend’s words. Her fingers stroked her chin as she mused. She finally answered. “You know, I suppose I never thought of it in that way. I always thought that taking classes like this was always to meet some sort of end goal. I never considered that anyone would want to spend all the time and money to get a degree…simply to learn without an end goal in sight.”

Smirking, Wanda tucked her hand in the crook of Peggy’s arm and began walking towards the parking lot. “You’re still young. You’ll discover more about life as you muddle through it. Nothing is ever rock solid.”

Peggy threw her free hand over her mouth and stifled her laughter. “Young? You’re calling me young? And here I thought I was one of the oldsters in class. Have you seen some of those girls? Barely out of high school. Here I thought I was one of the matronly students.”

“Oh, you’re older than some of them by a piece. But you don’t have near the foot leather behind you that I do.” Wanda tweaked some of the short gray tresses tucked behind her ears. “Now this is old. Why I learned to type on a good old-fashioned typewriter. An IBM Selectric, thank you very much. Not like these children do on these keyboards, hunting and pecking, and sending emojis instead of full-on words.”

Peggy leaned over and nudged her friend as they walked. “You’re not doing all that bad. Here you are, cell phone equipped and toting around a laptop too. You’re not too far out of it.”

Wanda stopped and pulled her arm away, pointing to the opposite side of the lot. “I’m over that way. But don’t go thinking I’ve got this all handled. Why, you should have seen me the day when I came home with a new cell phone. I had to get my teenage son to come out and program in the phone numbers I wanted.”

Giggling, Peggy waved as she moved in the opposite direction. “At least you got it done. I’m over this way. But I have an hour before my next class, so I’m going to sit in the car and enjoy the solitude.”

“And the quiet, I’ll bet. You probably don’t get much of that at home, not with the little ones you have.”

Peggy sighed and shook her head. “Not a chance at home. That’s why I enjoy these brief respites. I can close my eyes for a few and try to recharge.” She pulled the iPhone encased in a dragonfly case from her back pocket. “And luckily with this…I can set an alarm and not oversleep and miss my class.”

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susanne Matthews
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 11:35:41

    I love this line. “Oh, you’re older than some of them by a piece. But you don’t have near the foot leather behind you that I do.” It’s so descriptive and character building. Wish I’d thought of it! Excellent post.

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  2. Deb
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 15:49:39

    Great read to enjoy with the coffee this morning! My daughter still helps me out with this tech stuff… it’s amazing how the younger ones just know how it works even my grand daughter who’s three knows how to FaceTime me.😀

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  3. Flossie Benton Rogers
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 18:16:50

    Love the foot leather line and all of her good-natured humor. It’s nice to have a friend open up a different perspective. Very nice gentle feel here.

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  4. V. L. Locey
    Jan 31, 2022 @ 21:42:30

    Great snippet!

    Reply

  5. Jean Joachim
    Feb 01, 2022 @ 20:37:54

    Love the meeting of the two different generations taking the same class! Each has something to offer the other. Makes a very well-rounded story. I’m enjoying this!

    Reply

  6. Yeah, Another Blogger
    Feb 25, 2022 @ 14:53:23

    Greetings. It’s a very good thing when people in different age groupings become close. The world would be a better place if it happened more often. Neil S.

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    • trishafaye
      Feb 26, 2022 @ 15:44:09

      I agree. I have many friends 10-20 years older than me, and a few 10-20 years younger. I think we all learn from each other.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply

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