A story

for The Sunday Muse



The first thing I do when I get out of bed every morning is to say “hello, how are you?” as I pass the mirror on the way to the bathroom. I live alone you see, so my reflection is the nearest thing I gave to a flatmate!

I got up a bit later than usual this morning and I was feeling a little worse for wear having spent last night in a pub with my drinking pals. I crept along the hall and greeted the mirror in a less-than-enthusiastic way.

“Mornin’, ‘ow are you?”  I groaned.

“Fine, clearly a lot better than you” came back a reply.

I stopped, staggered, pinched myself then grabbed a door handle in an attempt to remain upright. 

“That’s it!” I muttered to my less-than-attractive reflection, “I’m definitely joining Jim on his Dry January campaign”.

“Let me make you a coffee,” said a voice and I turned to see Jim standing in the kitchen doorway. I’d forgotten he’d stayed in my spare room last night!


*In case you are interested, Dry January is a UK fundraising charity and you can read about it HERE!


magnifying mirror xThanks to Carrie for hosting.


Image: Raoul Hausmann, Untitled, 1931,  

39 thoughts on “A story

  1. Suzette Benjamin Jan 8, 2023 / 11:28

    You deliver humor with great style in your stories, Keith. Made me chuckle at your reaction to your “reflection’s” aka Jim’s response. Well played twist! Fun read!!

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  2. Dawn Jan 8, 2023 / 11:53

    LOL, I think if that would have happened to me on the way TO the bathroom, I’d be cleaning up a puddle! Well done, Keith! 💞

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  3. Denise Jan 8, 2023 / 12:24

    Started my morning with a smile. Thank you.


  4. wyndolynne Jan 8, 2023 / 14:45

    Love to begin the morning with a laugh!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Gillena Cox Jan 8, 2023 / 14:45

    LOL. Nice one!!!
    Happy Sunday. Dont know whats good for a hanger over though.
    BEST WISHES for 2023


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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 10, 2023 / 15:24

      They do say, a hair of the dog, ie another drink does the trick. Can’t say it works for me though!

      Have a great ’23, Gillena.


  6. Sherry Marr Jan 8, 2023 / 19:36

    Smiles. I can just see the startled expression on his face!

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  7. msjadeli Jan 8, 2023 / 20:12

    Keith that was so clever and delightful. Dry January may be just the thing some need to get on a path to something other than the pub.

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      • msjadeli Jan 10, 2023 / 18:01

        You’re welcome. Everybody stayed home for a month? They probably drank twice as much in February, didn’t they?


  8. Carrie V. H. Jan 9, 2023 / 15:10

    Always enjoy hearing you read your wonderful stories Keith! Have a wonderful week my friend!

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  9. Susie Clevenger Jan 10, 2023 / 22:54

    Oh my, I don’t think I’d like to hear my mirror talk to me. I’m sure the frank honesty would send me in a tizzy. Love where the image took you.


  10. Jim Jan 11, 2023 / 14:45

    I like your story, living alone for three years and the mirror fit my life between marriages.


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