Three Squares a Day ~ Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers prompt for 26 February 2014.

What is Friday Fictioneers? Rochelle presents a challenge to write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end, based upon a picture that she provides on her blog.

Here is today’s picture prompt (below).

Three Squares a Day

Word Count: 100

Genre: Fiction Humour


Jacques, now known as Jack back home in Rockland, sat with his cousin Aurèle at a tiny bistro beside Chartres’ main intersection. As the tractor pulling hay bales lumbered by, he thought of how little things had changed in the town of his birth. He couldn’t resist ribbing his cousin just a little, as he thought of his own farm in Ontario. Things would be humming along as usual, under the eye of his oldest daughter. He turned to Aurèle with a sly wink and said, “Good crop but it doesn’t look like the cows are getting a square meal.”

~ kei
26 February 2014


Square bale, round bale

18 thoughts on “Three Squares a Day ~ Friday Fictioneers

  1. Definitely farm humour. Being from Southern Ontario, methinks you’ve met some Dutch farmers — this seems to be their sense of humour. Love the Langston Hughes poem, by the way… it’s been one of my favourites since I was a kid.


    • It was one my Father-In-Law said, not long after I first started visiting at the farm and it had that slow delivery and raised eyebrow that made it perfect. I think he was teasing his son’s “city” girlfriend, smiles.


  2. I find the differences in bales, both shape and size, so interesting as I travel around the country or in different countries. I think much of farm humor is rather slow and understated. Nicely done.



    • Thank you! There are advantages depending on farmer preference. Square bales are more manageable but will mould if not stored quickly. I’ve also heard that square bales are straw and round bales are hay. Again, that could just be the farmer’s preference or the type of equipment he uses 🙂


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