A-Z Challenge Day 21


It was the day of carnival procession. Halfway down the snaking column, Rosey was in charge of a group of kids from school dressed as fruit and vegetables. Rosey was a carrot and wore an orange sheet sewed into a point at the bottom! However, its design seriously impeded her forward progress. Consequently, she, her flock, two bands, three floats and all the other participants behind her became separated from the front half of the procession which after a while disappeared from sight.

When they reached the crossroads Rosey was unsure which way to go.  Unfortunately, she chose the wrong way seemingly unaware of the sudden absence of onlookers.  Little Lester the Lettuce realised and ran up to Rosey, losing a leaf on the way. Unflappable as ever, Rosey immediately started a U-turn. The road was a little narrow, so when the Bagpipe Band heading north had to pass the float of aged pensioners still facing south, a battle of walking sticks and drumsticks ensued. Thankfully it was soon sorted and once again they were all marching the same way.

Rosey ripped open the bottom of her costume so she could take longer strides. Her newly liberated legs paced forward at such a speed, the other marchers and musicians had to trot to keep up. Minutes later they arrived at the carnival area breathless but relieved. 

The rest of the afternoon was a great success with all sorts of activities going on. Rosey held court in the beer tent over a bottle of ice cold Chardonnay.  I doubt she’ll be in charge next year!
Tomorrow V is for Vegetarian.

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OA1n this day last year, I wrote about umbrellas and ukuleles! To remind yourself what that was all about just, click Here!


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43 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 21

  1. messymimi's meanderings Apr 24, 2018 / 00:04

    It’s funny how parades can get stretched out longer and longer as some just don’t seem to keep up. At least everyone had a good time!

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  2. artistpath Apr 24, 2018 / 00:23

    HaHa! I’ve seen that happen in small town parades. Adds to the charm of the event IMO 🤗

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  3. Sascha Darlington Apr 24, 2018 / 00:31

    So many of your phrases are just fantastic. Love drumsticks and walking sticks, Lester the lettuce loses a leaf along the way.
    Please make this a book!

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  4. Sascha Darlington Apr 24, 2018 / 00:34

    Reblogged this on Sascha Darlington's Microcosm Explored and commented:
    I won’t say I discovered Keith’s Rosey stories via the A to Z challenge because I didn’t. They’ve popped up every once in a while on Friday Fictioneers, and I’ve loved reading each one, which is why I thought I’d share. If you loved this, all of Keith’s postings for A to Z are Rosey stories and all that I have read have delighted me. Certainly if you need a smile, you’ll find one here.

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  5. hilarymb Apr 24, 2018 / 01:15

    Hi Keith – I can quite imagine that happening … and it’d make an excellent episode in a tv series … Rosey needs one of those too- cheers Hilary

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  6. Christine Goodnough Apr 24, 2018 / 02:57

    A tale very well told. Loved the part where the musicians meshed with the southbound seniors. As Foster Hewitt used to say when reporting live from Hockey Night in Canada: “Bedlam reigns supreme.”

    I’m glad everyone ended up marching to the beat of the same director. Rosey better never take up hockey; I shudder to think what she might do on skates, waving a hockey stick.

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  7. Moon Apr 24, 2018 / 07:24

    How I would miss Rosey when April is gone.
    Lovely word-painting Keith.

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      • Moon Apr 24, 2018 / 09:34

        A good news, always a good news! 🙂

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  8. Varad Apr 24, 2018 / 09:40

    Somewhere I feel that Rosey will be back for next year’s carnival and it will be even more hilarious. Lovely tale, Keith

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  9. Shalzmojo Apr 24, 2018 / 14:09

    I love the feel of your writing Keith – the lettuce losing a leaf is so so darn cute. The image that popped up in my head made me laugh! You have such a knack for writing these anecdotes – much like Stuart Mclean who is one of my fav humour writers – infact tomorrow’s post is on him.

    Is Rosey a really a real person or part of your imagination?

    U is for an unorthodox lovestory #atozchallenge

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 24, 2018 / 17:41

      Thanks s much for your generous words I’m not aware of this author so I’m looking forward to finding out all about him. For years I made out she was real, but I slowly got found out, so no!


  10. Kalpana Apr 24, 2018 / 14:55

    I can’t get that image out of my mind – of Rosey dressed as a carrot, losing the way and finally liberating her legs from the bottom of the carrot.

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  11. Jacqui Murray Apr 24, 2018 / 15:28

    What a surprise the Rosey I’ve come to love took an unexpected and unambiguous U-turn.

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  12. anuragbakhshi Apr 25, 2018 / 06:58

    I say we make her in charge of all parades, events, inaugurations across the world 🙂

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  13. Emily Bloomquist Apr 26, 2018 / 04:58

    This could happen in every parade filled with groups of children! Or groups of adults. We sure are lucky parades generally go in the right direction. I do love Rosey!

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  14. J.Q. Rose Apr 26, 2018 / 22:24

    LOL–I have seen some parades nearly like this during our National Baby Food Festival. You painted a comical parade picture with your words. Thank you.
    JQ Rose

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