Getting Late #1LinerWeds

I can’t remember if I’ve used this one before, but I’ve got it on my mind.

This is something my mother used to say. Now Sara says it to me. I always thought Mom made it up, but Mr. Search Engine tells me it’s quite common. It still tickles me.

She, #4 Daughter, comes to spend a couple-few hours with me almost every day, the way I did with my mother when she lived where Sara lives now.

I’m in the habit of going to bed around 9:00 and sitting up to read for a couple of hours. So Charlie and Mom and now Sara pretend I go to sleep at 9:00.

When Sara gets ready to leave around 9:00, she always says, “It’s about your bedtime.” Then she quotes Mom:

You’re going to turn into a pumpkin.

I wrote a story inspired by the phrase. Goldie.

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 idiom that comes true.



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 “Getting Late #1LinerWeds

  1. Dan Antion

    November 18, 2020 at 10:04am

    My wife said that to me yesterday. I was going to stop at the bar, to order their Thanksgiving Dinner (to go, next Wed) on my way home from running some errands. I said “I might be late.” She said, “not too late, you’ll turn into a pumpkin.”

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  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    November 18, 2020 at 7:46pm

    9pm? I often don’t get to bed until 2, and have actually gone to sleep as late as 6am.

    I’ve never even turned slightly orange. Red, yes. Orange, no.

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      Marian Allen

      November 19, 2020 at 8:42am

      LOL! As we used to say in the dim, dead days of yore: Different strokes for different folks.

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  3. Susan Fischbach Isaacs

    November 23, 2020 at 9:59am

    My hubby says this. Sometimes he elaborates and makes it a Jack-0-lantern. I guess that’s when he’s feeling really worked over at the end of the day. Also— all this time I thought I was properly “following” you on WP, but I must have been only dipping in from FB. Proud to be a legit follower now!

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      Marian Allen

      November 23, 2020 at 10:33am

      Turn into a Jack-0-Lantern — Love it! Welcome to the family, legit follower. 😀

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