Lately, I’ve been wondering if maybe retirement was in order for the Story Photo Challenge series. After all, they started in 2009 with a post called, A Picture for Your Thoughts
To help me decide what action to take regarding the series, I began reviewing some older posts. They reminded me why I started the series in the first place — to challenge readers to look at a picture in a different way and maybe even tell a story about what they see.
Today, I decided to take you for a brief walk down memory lane by picking out one of these older posts. The selected post is Story Photo: The Real Story, which used this picture.
I picked this post because, for some reason, I didn’t reply to the comments. As I reviewed them, I regretted this and decided the share a few which made me laugh out loud. I hope you enjoy them and the clever authors who definitely looked at this photo in “a different way”:~) Links provided if given by the author of the comment.
jean sampson December 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm
Well, there was once a Black Widow spider living quietly in this mailbox, minding her own business, eating her mates and having her babies. This all happened when the house was empty for awhile and no mail arrived to disturb her and her little ones.
One day, after the house sold, the new owner, a muscular, Charles Atlas-type, was checking out all of the features of his new property. Across one massive shoulder, he carried a heavy sledge hammer, having just finished pounding in a few fence posts around the property, so that his horses would be safe.
Since he was standing at the entrance to the driveway where his mailbox sat securely mounted on a short brick column, he decided to take a peek inside. As he opened the door to the black metal mailbox, he saw at least a kazillion little Black Widow spider babies and the huge, majorly pissed off Momma! Well, that big man, being terrified of little spiders, reared back, lifted that sledge hammer off his strong shoulder and beat not only the Hell out of the mailbox, but also pulverized the brick column and took out several small trees in the process.
Now you might think that that was the end of the spider family, but Momma and her babies saw that sledge hammer coming and ran faster that he could slam that huge thing down onto that mailbox. Never did spiders run so fast. They ran and they ran until they reached the barn where, right near the barn’s old wooden door, were the new owner’s boot. They all hopped in, felt safe and secure in their dark and snugly new home!
Kelvin Kao December 6, 2012 at 7:06 am
Well, obviously the Big Bad Wolf failed at his first attempt, went on a workout regiment, came back with a vengeance to huff and puff harder than ever before, and finally blew down the brick house (the mailbox used to be on the curb ten feet in front of it).
chen mingi December 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Ahh, someone bought their sweetie a mailbox kit with “some assembly required.”
Can you see why these comments made me laugh? Sometimes it’s good to return to the past; it reminds you of how you got to the present.
I thank everyone who’s ever commented on a story photo challenge post. I imagine sometimes you’ve looked at a picture and wondered what on earth you’re looking at, but you’ve always given it a go. Thanks:~)