Mrs McDuffy’s Pantomime

Photo copyright: C EAYER

Photo copyright: C E AYER

The Reverend acquiesced to his housekeepers request that she was allowed to organise the play. At least she was utilising one of the boxes of candles.  The theme she suggested seemed alright; surely nothing could go wrong in a play centred around the months of the year. Wrong. First two of the children had been so bored that they started eating the candles. Then McDuffy had the school children stringing holly leaves. “They were only to decorate the stage Vicar”. The school called a doctor, plus the school nurse to soothe inflamed hands and arms. Then the boulder flattened the stage.

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  1. Christine Goodnough

    Just one of those plays. Your vicar is going to earn his halo—a double ring ceremony— through the helpful hands of Mrs McD.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The character of McDuffy has taken me over. I will need to step back and decide what I am to do about her. The Reverend needs to do the same.

      1. Christine Goodnough

        I think you have the makings of a good book here. Kind of the Amelia Bedelia for adults — or even a children’s book if written for young readers. 🙂

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you Christine, I am trying to hold on to Mrs McDuffy… Sadly I had not heard of Amelia Bedelia, but I am pleased to learn about her.

  2. LInda J Kreger

    Hmmm. A bit more experience in directing things would seem to be in order 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true, I do feel for Mrs McDuffy, she really has a kind heart. Thank you Linda

  3. Varad

    Yikes, looks like Mrs. McDuffy has bitten off more than what she could chew. Plans often go out of the window when kids are involved. Well written, Michael. I enjoyed reading this one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to hear that Varad, I am hoping to develope her and the Reverends characters more.

  4. rgayer55

    Mrs. McDuffy sounds like a walking catastrophe.
    May I make a suggestion? Leave out the word “wrong.” It’s unneccesary as the narrative quickly describes the debacle that occurs.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much for the feedback, having reread my post, I agree with your comment. On some occasions I do find myself putting a story out to quickly – But that is me.

  5. justjoyfulness

    Uh oh! But at least the boulder was not her fault 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      We certainly hope not.

  6. gahlearner

    Ouch, ouch and ouch, Mrs. McDuffy is at it again. I was afraid she’d set the stage on fire with her candles. Great fun, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Yes it does appear that Mrs McDuffy is a bit accident prone

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