Sunday Photo Fiction: A Round Belly #flashfiction #amwriting #fiction


Thank you to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF. 

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A Mixed Bag

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“What’s that?” five-year-old Julia asked. 

“It’s a Buddha, dear,” Aunt Kim replied. 

“What’s a Buddha?” 

“For some people, Buddha is their god.” 

“Oh,” Julia asked perturbed. “But I thought he had a belly, a big one.” 

“Certain statues of Buddha have a belly,” Aunt Kim remarked. 

“But why?” Julia asked, “What does Buddha want?” 

“I think he wants enlightenment dear. I’m not sure why he’s portrayed as having a round belly only sometimes.” 

” He must eat a lot. My friend says he does yoga? I think a downward dog would be too hard for him. His stomach would get in the way,” Julia said thoughtfully, 

“I’m sure he manages, Julia.” Aunt Kim said chuckling. 

“What’s enlightenment?” 

Kim sighed, “Understanding and awareness. A lot to do with meditation, sitting still, thinking, and breathing in and out.” 

“Oh, but who put Buddha in your house?” 

“I’m not sure dear. Everyday I wake up and Buddha is on the shelves near the back door outside. I think the neighbour lady keeps putting him there for me. And each day I keep returning him,” Aunt Kim said agitated. 

” Tell the neighbour lady, we’ll keep Buddha if he has a round belly,” Julia replied with a giggle and grin. 

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 

21 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: A Round Belly #flashfiction #amwriting #fiction

  1. Yinglan December 18, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Perhaps the neighbor is getting the vibe Aunt Kim is in need of some enlightenment. Your story cracked me up. 😀 Well written.

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    • mandibelle16 December 18, 2016 / 3:52 pm

      Thanks Yinglan. I think the neighbour was just trying to be helpful. I don’t think Aunt Kim wanted the help, but she didn’t want to be mean about it either.

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  2. ceayr December 18, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    This is wonderful, Amanda, clever, informative and sweet.
    I love it

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  3. k rawson December 18, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    Sweet and funny. The neighbor either thinks Kim needs enlightenment or she’s playing ‘Buddha on the Shelf’.

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    • mandibelle16 December 18, 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Haha. That’s cute ‘Buddha on the Shelf’. Glad you like it. I think the neighbour thinks she’s helping out her neighbour (Aunt Kim).

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  4. neelwritesblog December 20, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Oh! such a delightfully playful story. Very well written. Brought much laughter too and lots of smiles.

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    • mandibelle16 December 20, 2016 / 10:50 am

      Thank you Neels. I’m happy you enjoyed it 🙂

      Like

  5. patriciaruthsusan December 23, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Cute story, Mandi. That’s a smart little girl. Aunt Kim is being very nice to the neighbor, but I think they need to talk. Something is bothering the woman. Good writing. Happy Holidays to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • mandibelle16 December 24, 2016 / 1:13 am

      Thank you Suzanne. Yeah, I think that’s a conversation both neighbours need to have. It would be an interesting one I think she is as art girl, but children often are and we don’t realize it. In their own simplistic way they can see better for some reason, less complications?

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  6. rogershipp December 29, 2016 / 9:55 am

    “” He must eat a lot. My friend says he does yoga? I think a downward dog would be too hard for him. His stomach would get in the way,” Julia said thoughtfully,” A grand laugh!!! Enjoed!

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    • mandibelle16 December 29, 2016 / 10:55 am

      Thank you Roger. Happy you liked this. I was trying to think like a child, I think they’d think something like this.

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