One Old Penny

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Michael here is a penny, please could you go round to the phone box and call your dad. Ask him to come home as grandad is unwell.

Operator: please have your money ready. Hello operator pleased could you put me through to the fire station, as my grandad is poorly.

Hello, county fire control switch board here, how may we help?

Please is my father Ron available, his mother says that he is to come home as grandad is unwell.

Hello Michael, we are sending a fire engine at once, your father will be driving it…

Michael do wake up…

This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    A dream from your own memory? Nice piece of nostalgia.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Certainly a dream, yet as a child I spent quite some time at fire stations. So pleased to get your observations.

  2. Varad

    Amidst all the mocking and the irritation towards mobile phones, these are instances where one might be really handy. As usual, excellent take Michael. Enjoyed reading this one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Varad I was so pleased to get your feedback. In Yorkshire there are still areas where mobile phone coverage is still non existent.

  3. Keith's Ramblings

    A penny in the slot! Whata wonderful trip back in time.

    Click to read my FriFic

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Keith, I did enjoy reading your predictive texting story it made me smile. However at present I seem unable to comment on google and blogger sites.

  4. Sandra

    I love the presentation of this story. It complements the thread.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sandra, thank you so much for such a kind comment.

  5. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    A penny? Sweet little bit of a boy’s history. I enjoyed this.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle.

  6. Patrick Prinsloo

    Lovely. A great childhood.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Patrick

  7. Courtney Wright

    Aww… the good old days when everyone knew everyone else.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Courtney, there was a lot that was good, yet …

  8. Sight11

    I am having trouble in commenting on your website. I tried before, I am again trying it today. But your post was was stellar. To connect dreams and memories with an object that’s not private,yet still is.. It was evocative, of trust..Reminiscent of times when believe and help were more than just mere words..

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Sight 11 , sorry to hear about your struggle to comment. Thank you for your feedback and comments.

  9. Natasha

    Sweet. πŸ™‚ Very nicely done indeed.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Natasha, thank you for your feedback.

  10. wmqcolby

    Inventive, Mike! Really good, it kept interest. I could see it all happening from the start.

    Five out of five lucky pennies. πŸ™‚

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Kent, so pleased to read your comments.

  11. Moon

    Was great to walk back in time through your story, Michael . Thank you .
    Lovely story .

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Moon, I was so glad to read your feedback.

  12. yarnspinnerr

    Very well knit. Alas for the times when local was global.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Alas indeed. So pleased that you feel I can knit. Trouble is I am knitting woolly swimming trunks!

  13. Sarah Ann

    The slow pace of this provided an ethereal quality helping us to understand it as a dream. Well told.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased if it worked in that way… Sometimes I do jump in to quickly with a story line, then later a different idea for the prompt turns up.

  14. Dale

    That was truly well done, Michael. Such a lovely take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Dale. Thank you for such a kind comment.

  15. Christine Goodnough

    I knew he was dreaming when the call cost only a penny. Good one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Spot on Christine, thanking you for your support

  16. draliman

    Sounds like quite a small town, which can dispatch the fire engine to check on granddad! And only a penny – I remember when tuppence was enough for a call πŸ™‚

    1. Michael Humphris

      It certainly was a small but very historic town, with a population of less than a thousand. No fire station there since the early 1960s. Everything was a penny to this five year old.

  17. granonine

    Yeah, I’m with Christine– a penny? I do remember when a dime did the job, maybe a nickel. Things grow hazy in the mists of time:)

    1. Michael Humphris

      At the age of five, everything was a penny in my dreams. Even now I believe in that old saying, save the penny’s and the pounds will look after themselves.

  18. plaridel

    most definitely, a penny for my thoughts. well done. πŸ™‚

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Plaridel.

  19. Liz Young

    It was fourpence in the slot when I was a girl!

  20. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    Dreams are just like that!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dawn,

  21. gahlearner

    That was a lovely memory/dream. But I’m worried about granddad now…

    1. Michael Humphris

      You read my story so well. Thank you.

  22. gravadee

    Interesting take on the prompt πŸ™‚

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    1. Michael Humphris

      Pleased that you enjoyed it.

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