One hundred words …

For Friday Fictioneers where our host with the most is Rochelle!



My grandfather had a beautiful violin. He used to stand in the garden and play; birds would sing along as the melody drifted up and down, round and round. 

He caught me fiddling with it once and was not best pleased. ‘One day it will be yours’ he said, ‘but for now, it’s mine and mine alone’.

As the years went by I became more and more passionate about violin music, so when Grandpa passed, my dream of owning his precious instrument came true. 

Now I stand in the garden where he once stood.


If only I’d had lessons!


*If you listen to the audio you’ll see, or rather hear what I mean!



Poke Froggie to join in the fun!



PHOTO PROMPT © Amanda Forestwood


55 thoughts on “One hundred words …

  1. Iain Kelly Mar 29, 2023 / 16:25

    Yes, if only it was that easy – wish I had stuck at my piano lessons all those years ago!


    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 29, 2023 / 16:35

      It’s funny you should mention that Iain, I hated my piano teacher. She’d rap my knuckles with the edge of a ruler when I made mistakes, so I refused to carry on. Watching The Piano on TV recently reminded me how much I wish I’d carried on.

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      • Iain Kelly Mar 29, 2023 / 16:49

        Same thing Keith – without the knuckle rapping, but I hated it and now wish i had stuck at it!

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  2. Sadje Mar 29, 2023 / 17:10

    Haha! You’ve ended an emotional story with a humorous twist

    Liked by 1 person

  3. trentpmcd Mar 29, 2023 / 17:15

    I blame grandpa – he should have been driving him to those violin lessons…

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  4. James McEwan Mar 29, 2023 / 20:37

    I don’t think Grandpa understood the desire or passion of his Grandson to learn and play. Get them interested young and keep them inspired. I suspect he doesn’t need to feed the birds any more. A fine chuckle at the end.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 30, 2023 / 16:07

      I’m terribly sorry about that Tracey, I’ll try to make it up to you with my next effort!


      • Christine Goodnough Mar 30, 2023 / 17:23

        Oh well, practice makes perfect, right? Ear plugs work, too. 🙂
        You should hear our magpies: they sound like squealing pigs.


  5. The Sicilian Storyteller Mar 30, 2023 / 11:54

    To those who choose to only read this story and skip the audio, you don’t know what you’re missing today! 😂

    I am reminded of countless of grade school recitals sitting in the audience gritting my teeth while some 7-year-old screeched his way through “Flight of the Bumblebee”. The only ones in flight were the people in the audience!

    Good one, Keith!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 30, 2023 / 16:58

      I hope the audio didn’t damage your ears! As for the Bumblebee, very few adults can do that justice!

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      • The Sicilian Storyteller Mar 30, 2023 / 22:12

        My grand kids are always sending me crazy stuff so I’ve learned to start out with my speakers on low.


  6. Patricia Mar 30, 2023 / 12:24

    I took piano lessons for a couple of months until I talked my mother into letting take tap dancing lessons instead. Shoulda stuck with piano.

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  7. Natasha Mar 30, 2023 / 12:34

    Ha! Ha! The audio had me in splits. And that cold hasn’t gone yet has it? Take care, Keith.

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  8. Bill Mar 30, 2023 / 21:02

    I should have seen that one coming.

    The only thing I can do musically is appreciate it (to the degree my hearing loss allows) and those who can.

    Such talent seems to develop (form) during the young years.

    Well done and funny audio, Keith.


  9. rochellewisoff Mar 30, 2023 / 21:29

    Dear Keith,

    Violin is my favorite instrument. Strings. I love ’em! Blue grass fiddle. Classical violin. I love them both.
    Too bad the grandfather in the story didn’t spring for lessons for his grandson. Ooh that screech.




    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 31, 2023 / 17:26

      I love it too, whatever the musical genre. I hope your ears have recovered!


  10. GHLearner Mar 31, 2023 / 15:28

    Hehe, that’s how I can play too. Good thing grandpa can’t hear it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 31, 2023 / 17:36

      Me too, as my audio demonstrates! If he can hear him he’ll be regretting not giving him lessons.


  11. poetisatinta Mar 31, 2023 / 15:50

    Haha your audio made me laugh, I think you should keep trying – practise makes perfect – or so they say 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. plaridel Mar 31, 2023 / 17:18

    i guess it’s not too late to get lessons. even old cows can learn new tricks. 🙂

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  13. Alicia Jamtaas Mar 31, 2023 / 21:28

    My mother played the castanets. Because I didn’t pay attention (and thought it quite odd), I never learned. Great story.

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  14. Brenda Apr 2, 2023 / 05:08

    Aw, if only he had thought ahead or had some help. He has the instrument but not the skill. I loved the ending, Keith!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. granonine Apr 2, 2023 / 15:37

    What a disappointment. But–it’s never too late to take those lessons!

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  16. msjadeli Apr 4, 2023 / 00:46

    Keith, they say keep your eyes on the prize, but the young lad should have kept his ears on it. Hilarious conclusion and perfect sound effect.


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