The Unanswered Question #1LinerWeds

Today is another twofer, courtesy of my late, great mother.

Kids are question machines, and sometimes moms don’t have answers. So sometimes I would ask a question, and Mom would say:

Beats me, Lieutenant.

Where she got that, I do not know. She was never in military service. Grandpa was, so maybe he brought it home.

But here’s the thing: When a day came that I used it to her, she said:

Well, find out, Sergeant!

Just couldn’t win with her. Wasn’t worth the trouble to even try. 😀

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write an interchange between mother and daughter.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Unanswered Question #1LinerWeds

  1. Dan Antion

    October 3, 2018 at 7:46am

    Ha – I wonder how long she had that second line waiting for you.

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      Marian Allen

      October 3, 2018 at 3:33pm

      Knowing her, she had it waiting since the first time she used her first line, and wondered what took me so long to use that one back at her. lol

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  2. Mitchell Allen

    October 3, 2018 at 8:07am

    Stratego, FTW. This made me chuckle. Chortle, even. Whether or not a precedent exists for that saying, your family made it your own. It’s fun to get a glimpse into the seemingly mundane viewscope of everyday life, only to discover a gem of familial frivolity. It makes me appreciate the goofy things we say in our family.



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      Marian Allen

      October 3, 2018 at 3:34pm

      Our family had lots of Things We Say. Every so often, I still come out with one Sara and Charlie haven’t heard before. ~grin~

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  3. Laura

    October 4, 2018 at 8:46pm

    Your mom sounds like a force to be reckoned with!

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