A Lesson Cast in Stone

“Look at this rock, my son, and learn,” my mother announced in a grave tone, pointing towards the giant head carved out of stone.

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I looked at the head with interest. It looked old, actually, not just old, but ancient. The face was full of pathos, as if the man had seen a bit too much of this world, and now just wanted to shut himself off from it, imprisoning himself under this mountain so that he could escape the world. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.

I suddenly felt a stinging pain on the back of my head, and realized that my mother had just slapped me. “If you do not eat your fruits and vegetables as I tell you to,” she said severely, “I’ll turn you too into stone, just like I did your father here.”

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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19 Responses to A Lesson Cast in Stone

  1. Wow, the punch line hit my head with a bang also. Excellent writing. I didn’t expect the sharp turn to have such surprising ending. Great fiction!

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Glad she’s not my wife or mother! 🙂

  3. ~Scary lady! Not the turn I was expecting. I should know by now to expect the unexpected!

  4. Ouch! Never argue with Momma!

  5. syncwithdeep says:

    oh.. this is spooky indeed..

  6. Joy Pixley says:

    Oh dear, his mother is one woman not to mess around with! Definitely a better reason for eating your fruits and vegetables than most kids hear. 🙂 Funny twist!

  7. Unexpected…wow!!! Well done…

  8. Susan says:

    Nice twist. I bet a lot of mom’s wish they had that power.

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