Maydays: Flash Fiction – Pick Up Your Toys Charlie.

Thank you to CL Kaley from new2writing for hosting May Day Prompts. Today’s prompt is teaching a lesson.


“Did you pick up your toys as I asked you to?” Lyndsey said to her son Charlie. Charlie looked down at his feet and began to fidget.

“Charlie?” Lyndsey asked again lowering her voice.

Charlie examined his Mom’s serious face for signs she might let him off the hook.

“I wasn’t done playing yet.”

“Bedtime is 8:30 pm which is the reason I asked you to put your toys away.” Lyndsey said sternly.

“I don’t want to go to bed yet. And if I leave my toys out, I can play with them tomorrow and not have to get them out again.” Charlie whined.

“The problem is Charlie, your Dad and I trip over your toys and hurt ourselves when we are in the living room at night. You have to pick them up and get ready for bed or there will be consequences. They’re your toys, you’re the only one who plays with them, so it’s your job to put them away each day.”

Charlie stamped his foot. “I won’t do it .” 

Lyndsey looked at Charlie again frustrated. “You can pick up your toys now or I will put them in a big black garbage bag. You’ll have to do one chore for each toy you want to get back from the garbage bag.”

Charlie gasped, “Ok, I’ll pick them up.” Charlie began picking up his toys slowly.

After fifteen minutes Lyndsey yelled, “Enough Charlie!” She took the remaining toys from the living room where Charlie played and put them in a big black garbage bag. The garbage bag was half-full. 

Charlie was shocked.”But I was picking them up . . . ”

“Not fast enough. Go to bed Charlie. I’ll be there to read to you from Harry Potter. Make sure you brush your teeth and put on your PJs.”

Charlie trudged up the stairs to the bathroom, giving his Mom a dirty look, “What about my toys?” 

“We’ll talk about it tomorrow. I’ll make a list of chores you can do to earn back your toys.” Lyndsey said.

Charlie decided to tantrum. 


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

11 thoughts on “Maydays: Flash Fiction – Pick Up Your Toys Charlie.

  1. EttaD May 2, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    The story and photo brings back memories. The photo made me cringe, had a

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  2. Priceless Joy May 2, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Charlie sounds a lot like my son did. LOL! I like that idea that he has to do a chore to get a toy back. Great story, Mandi!


    • mandibelle16 May 3, 2016 / 12:56 am

      Thank you PJ. My parents did this to my brothers and I when we were little lol. They would fill the bag with toys, clothes, whatever was on the floor. I hated it because I’d want to wear something and wasn’t able to do the chore before school lol.


    • mandibelle16 May 3, 2016 / 2:42 am

      Yeah, this is what my parents did for my 2 younger brothers and I. Lol.


  3. luckyjc007 May 8, 2016 / 3:13 am

    Gosh, I wish I had thought of doing that when our children were little! Ha! Ha! The photo looks like a room in my house many years ago. I really enjoyed this story😀

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    • mandibelle16 May 8, 2016 / 3:18 am

      Thanks Jessie. Yes, lots of good messy children’s rooms images online. My parents actually did this a few times. I got upset bc they would pick up my clothes on the floor and put them in the bag, and I’d want to wear something I couldn’t get back bc I didn’t have time to do the chore before school. However, when this was done with my little brother, a real little piggy up into his twenties, the black garbage bag did not work. He didn’t care about the stuff in the bag lol. Thanks for reading my fiction 🙂


      • luckyjc007 May 8, 2016 / 9:38 am

        Funny! Our youngest son was like that in so many ways! He proved to be our biggest challenge!

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