Airport Pick-Up – Friday Fictioneers, June, 2019

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The other passengers fall silent; there’s nothing quite like a 67 year old camel-toe to arrest conversation.

“What have I told you, Mother, about wearing beige leggings?”

“You’re so conservative,” she giggles, running arthritic fingers through her spiky pink hair.  “Where is he then, your new stick-in-the mud?”

“Grabbing a baggage trolley.” He’ll throw a fit, I know it.

“I hope he’s an improvement on your last.”

“Hi,” says Arthur, approaching.

They eye each other appraisingly.

“Nice,” Arthur murmurs, “though metallic green is so much more ‘woke’ than pink, don’t you think?”

Mother links arms with me.

“He’s a keeper, dearie.”


A photo prompt from our very own leader’s travels this week and a bit of light-hearted nonsense from me.  Thanks to Rochelle,  for her continued leadership of Friday Fictioneers.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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56 Responses to Airport Pick-Up – Friday Fictioneers, June, 2019

  1. neilmacdon says:

    What a brilliant first line, Sandra. Mother is a creation of genius

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sue says:

    Love it! Great first line


  3. Tannille says:

    I imagine he won’t get lost in a crowd wearing metallic green.


  4. Colline says:

    I am sure she was surprised at his response 😀


  5. pennygadd51 says:

    That is wonderful! Great concept and realised with such pin-point precision. Yayy! Let’s hear it for 67 year old women!


  6. trentpmcd says:

    He passed the Mod-Mother Test, a keeper indeed.


  7. granonine says:

    Hilarious! I don’t have the nerve to dress outrageously, but I wish I did!


  8. Dear Sandra,

    I’ve seriously considered getting a purple streak in my hair, but Jan would have a fit. I love the eccentric mother in this. Terrific little story.




  9. I think the daughter’s going to have to keep an eye on Arthur. From the sounds of it, Mom might try to steal him. Great story, as always. 🙂


  10. Rowena says:

    Hi Sandra,
    I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same again after reading your description of the mother here. I had to Google “camel-toe” and won’t forget that one in a hurry especially in beige leggings on a 67 year old with pink hair. Unforgettable but for all the wrong reasons. Very funny.
    Best wishes,


  11. What a picture you’ve painted in my head, Sandra! A very funny and delightful tale 🙂



  12. MythRider says:

    All this time she’s been embarrassed of her mother, but true love triumphs. She found someone just like her.


  13. Brilliant – I’d love to have been an onlooker!

    My FriFic tale!


  14. I like her already!! 🙂
    Ain’t nothing as beautiful as an wise woman who give not a hiccup what others might think of her outfit, or hair, or bits.


  15. plaridel says:

    the lady hasn’t passed her prime. good for her. 🙂


  16. Iain Kelly says:

    Beige leggings aren’t just wrong for 67 year olds, they’re wrong for everybody! Great fun Sandra 🙂


  17. Dale says:

    I am killing myself laughing here, Sandra! This was great!
    Love the reaction of the boyfriend. He is definitely a keeper.


  18. Abhijit Ray says:

    Mother loves Arthur. So there will be peace for sometime.


  19. As you get older, it becomes easier not to care so much what others think. Love the mother’s courage to be herself. You described the scene, the three characters, and the plot so clearly in very few words. Amazing!


  20. Mother knows best. (God, he’s a smoothie!)


  21. This is hilarious and sweet. Great characters.


  22. draliman says:

    Maybe he’s better suited to mother 🙂


  23. An amusing and well-written story, Sandra. I think Arthur had been doing a little research before meeting Mom. She no doubt had a reputation that preceded her. 😀 — Suzanne


  24. LOL…OMG…that first line I read three times..WHAT?
    Way to wake us up…thank you thank you!


  25. Margaret says:

    Such a funny story – I feel for the daughter, although I love Mother’s attitude.


  26. Liz Young says:

    Daughters and mothers – a situation that could happen anywhere!


  27. michael1148humphris says:

    As the years go past I have grown used to brilliant hair colours, people watching is great for characterisation. Yes I enjoyed this story snippet.


  28. This reminds me of Absolutely Fabulous … alas I think mother will come on to Arthur


  29. jillyfunnell says:

    Mother’s doing her job – embarrassing her child! I really like the anticipation of another “stick-in-the-mud”.


  30. magarisa says:

    What a memorable first line… I can’t “unsee” the 67 year old camel-toe!
    Great ending.


  31. gahlearner says:

    I love this. Camel-toe, shmamel-toe. I’m a bit worried though that the daughter is too conservative for the boyfriend. Me, I’m a coward, but I love people who wear what they want.


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