Today at MindLoveMisery Menagerie:
Your ‘Same Same But Different’ task is to take the five challenge words and NOT use them in your writing. That’s right, you need to dig out your thesaurus and find a synonym for each word instead.
Your words this week are:


In honor of Bruno Etxarte’s Name Day, an special event was planned. At 27, he was the most senior male in the family, therefore, the affair promised to be the blow-out of the year.

Since the Etxartes were not wealthy, the guest list was modest; just the family and some friends from their Azkoitia village were invited. However, the local high school band, Los Chicharrons, agreed to play for free, as long as they had access to food.

Mama Etxarte was busy crafting a huge Name Day cake for her son, making sure there was plenty of room for all twenty-seven mini-torches to mark each of his years. She remembered last year’s fiasco with a grimace. The cake had been too small for the 26 mini-torches, and as Bruno’s sister Amaya carried it out to the patio, the cake suddenly burst into flames — a veritable chocolate conflagration.  Amaya screamed and tossed flaming mess away from her. It landed on the ground near the party table, catching the paper tablecloth afire. Soon, the entire table was burning, including Bruno’s Name Day gifts. Fortunately, most were simply empty boxes wrapped in festive paper, so no one was out any money.

As an aside, Bruno was not the most popular guy in Azkoitia. He was known as a spoiled whiner who never outgrew throwing temper tantrums when he didn’t get his way. In short, Bruno was a 27-year-old brat.

In any case, this year every precaution had been taken to ensure the threat of fire and other mayhem would be minimal. Just in case, however, Papa Etxarte purchased a small fire extinguisher. “You never know…” he said.

The only thing left was to purchase Bruno’s Name Day gift. Mama wanted him to have at least one box to open that wasn’t empty or worse, filled with wild boar droppings. She decided on the traditional Basque Name Day suit in Bruno’s favorite shade of green. Sure, it was an old-fashioned and cheesy idea, but Bruno was a cheesy guy and everybody knew it — even his mother.

Besides, Mama Etxarte couldn’t get over how handsome her boy would look is such an outfit. Maybe he’d even attract a nice girl and get married…


SusanWritesPrecise/ Susan Marie Shuman



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