Three Little Words

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© A Mixed Bag 2009

Three Little Words

Greg had reached the pinnacle of his profession. Now he was retiring, it seemed apt that he should treat his family and friends to dinner at the top of the London Eye. It was costing more than he would have dared to charge at his own Michelin-starred restaurants, but it was Mum’s 90th birthday, so hang the expense.

“You’ve come a long way from cooking breakfasts at your parents’ B&B,” his best friend told him, as the dessert plates were cleared.

“Not really. Their place was on the Central Line.”

“Spare me the false modesty. You’ve trained everywhere and opened restaurants in Paris, New York and Cape Town. You didn’t rest till you got 3 stars at the London place.”


“I thought you would have cooked for us tonight.”

“I’ve hung up the hat. Anyway, I baked something.”

At Greg’s signal the head waiter unveiled a magnificent cake, cut a generous slice and put it before Greg’s mother. She took a piece on her fork, placed it in her mouth and chewed slowly.

“What do you think, Mum?” Greg asked.

“I’ve tasted better.”

The capsule began its slow descent. It would reach the ground fifteen minutes after Greg’s self-esteem.

200 words

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12 Responses to Three Little Words

  1. ceayr says:

    Clever and amusing take.


  2. Varad says:

    Uh oh! looks like Greg’s mom chose the wrong place and time to knock him down a bit.

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    • JS Brand says:

      I suspect she’s one of those mothers who never considers the consequences before speaking (or knows full well what the impact on someone’s feelings will be and goes ahead anyway).
      My feeling is that Greg’s drive to succeed came from wanting to please mummy, something that could never happen. The poor sucker will probably have to cancel his retirement now and strive for another Michelin star.

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  3. Mike says:

    What a mum, I think he should know her better by now.


  4. Enkin Anthem says:

    Children should know that they can never truly satisfy their parents. Made me laugh anyway!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. He must have had someone in his corner to become the best; it obviously wasn’t his mother.


  6. Ouch! Not the most pleasant of mothers. Good story.

    Liked by 1 person

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