Toasted Pecans




The toasted pecans were his idea. She conceded, as she always did. But, not before wondering why she stayed married to a man who behaved more like one of their children than an equal partner in this fleeting, matchstick-constructed game of Life. Why wasn’t she in Greece fighting the migrants for beach towel space on a sun-drenched shore? Isn’t that where all the housewives of Lifetime melodramas turned up? Tumbling into the beds of drop-dead gorgeous locals who really, really love them?


She popped a pecan in her mouth. All right! They did add a certain joie-de-vivre to a salad.


For Tara’s 100 word challenge… the word is “idea.”

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22 thoughts on “Toasted Pecans

  1. Nice concept. I like that the spark of her “why stay with him” thought comes right back at her as the “oh yeah – now I remember” thought.
    Excellent piece of writing!

  2. Stephanie, this was a fun piece! Life, marriage, summed up in pecans! Though I do love a good roasted pecan, and want to go to a Greek island. Santorini and Mykonos here I come to participate in the Real Housewives of Chicago!

    1. I want to see Greece, too, Gina… let’s go.. I live to travel as much as you. Though I’ll skip an invitation to the Real Housewives.. 🙂

  3. My fantasy life never seems to involve mowing the lawn, taking out the garbage or refereeing squabbling children. Instead of pecans, I get my rush from bacon, I suppose. And chocolate. And sleeping in an extra hour or so on the weekend. We take our great pleasures where we can find them, as you so correctly have written about. Well done. 🙂

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