#JusJoJan — Old Tomato

B627040E-3D54-4F34-8C44-7747AC94D89DAn ultimatum is pretty much a “my way or the highway” last and final offer.

The first time I ever heard the word “ultimatum” used was one night when I was pretty young, maybe five or six years old. I recall hearing my mother and father fighting. I honestly don’t know what the quarrel was about, but I do remember my mother threatening to take my sister and me and move in with her sister.

I overheard bits of their argument and I remember my father angrily asking my mother, “Are you giving me an ultimatum?” When she said she was, I heard the front door slam as he stormed out of the house.

I ran downstairs to find my mother sitting at the kitchen table, head in hand, crying. I went to her side to try to comfort her. She hugged me and said, “Sweetie, I’m so sorry you had to hear that.”

“That’s okay, Mom,” I said. “But can I ask you a question?”

“Oh, baby, of course you can,” she said. “What do you want to know?”

“Mom,” I said, “why do you want to give Dad an old tomato?”


Written for today’s Just Jot It January prompt from Linda G. Hill. The word is “ultimatum,” suggested by Itinerary Planner.

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9 thoughts on “#JusJoJan — Old Tomato

  1. Sight11 January 14, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Did you really said that, that’s hilarious? Man everytime tomato must be mentioned, it would have brought you back that particular memory.

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    • Fandango January 14, 2018 / 9:21 am

      Well, it’s a fictionalization of an actual conversation. I thought I heard “old tomato” and not “ultimatum.” I was very confused.

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  2. Itinerary Planner January 14, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Hilarious. Do it or else insistence robs all parties of happiness. Enjoyed your account, real or imaginable.

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  3. Michael January 14, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Loved it….isn’t it funny remembering what we thought we heard as a child.

    Liked by 1 person

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