Danger on the Panama Canal #1LinerWeds

I can’t remember if I shared this before, but it bears repeating.

One of my dear high school buddies with whom I had lunch recently retired from teaching primary school. She shared this teaching experience with me, which has lightened all my days ever since.

She had been teaching about the Panama Canal, and one of the questions on the test was to list some of the dangers in constructing it.

  • malaria
  • heat
  • thirst
  • snow flies

…Wait a minute. “Snow flies”?

The child explained:

“They said they had to finish before the snow flies.”

Yeah. I’d hurry, too.

One-Liner Wednesday has a new badge! Congratulations to Laura from Riddle from the Middle on winning the competition.

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 about an unexpected danger.



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 “Danger on the Panama Canal #1LinerWeds

  1. Alan K

    June 19, 2019 at 11:28am

    Excellent. It’s amazing how a simple sentence can draw a picture in a readers mind.

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      Marian Allen

      June 21, 2019 at 9:13am

      One of my favorite “kids say the darndest things” true stories. 🙂

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