Poor Choices

Past Imperfect – #111

SR 1111

Laura thought she had the perfect life: Four suitors vying for her hand (even if three of them were related and one of them was her Sunday School teacher), only three children born out of wedlock (a record for her family, as all the women in her line tended to sleep-walk during the Husking Festival and things just happened), two different brands of canned peas in her mercantile emporium (such luxury!), and she was the proud owner of a prize-winning gourd that had taken first place at the Pawhuska County Squash Jamboree. Life was good for one and all.

Then a travelling photographer waltzed into the store, lugging this fancy new thing called a “camera”, along with an “album” of images showing what people who didn’t live in Pawhuska County were doing with their lives. Laura and her homely entourage studied the photos, and they quickly came to the conclusion that perhaps they had not properly grasped the concept of a satisfying life. And it was at this point that the photographer captured his latest image…


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