Jonjo – a 100w story

My offering for Friday Fictioneers this week is Jonjo, inspired by the photo prompt below which comes courtesy of ©Kent Bonham.

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Jonjo was confused.
Had the others run out of time? It was an easy assignment but they had clearly struggled.
At last his turn came. He held up his work, butterflies in his tummy as he awaited their approval.
“Em,” said Teacher. “That’s nice dear, but the assignment was to draw something you could see.”
Jonjo had drawn exactly what he saw when he looked at the rock, carefully including all it’s wonderful shapes and textures and shadows.
“WTF?” someone said, and giggled.
“It’s his Special Needs,” whispered Jonjo’s friend Mandy crossly.
Jonjo wondered why his picture made Mandy sad.

©Siobhán McNamara

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47 Responses to Jonjo – a 100w story

  1. IfeomaO says:

    Clever child, seeing what others fail to observe. Jonjo needn’t mind them. Good job


  2. Dear Siobhán,

    Jonjo knows it’s not what you’re looking at that matters…;)




  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Sounds like Jonjo has a special gift, to see beauty where others see a rock. Nicely written.


  4. wmqcolby says:

    Really, really good, Siobhan! You went for the in-obvious and it works just fine. Nice story! 🙂


  5. neilmacdon says:

    You know what’s great about this? The voice is so simple and that makes the final line deliver a real punch


  6. Sandra says:

    Perfect last line.


  7. draliman says:

    It’s nice that Jonjo can see such beauty in the rock. Lovely piece.


  8. emmylgant says:

    The last line got me. Well done.


  9. maria says:

    That’s talent right there… Naked eyes just couldn’t see it. 🙂


  10. gahlearner says:

    Brilliant writing, and so sad. Why can we only ever appreciate ‘the norm’?


  11. plaridel says:

    i remember reading somewhere that to be great is to be misunderstood. mandy shouldn’t feel sad for her friend.


  12. The Voice says:

    As Rochelle’s blog states… It’s not what you look at… (she finished it for me). Nice story.


  13. jellico84 says:

    The misunderstood mind… yep, I get that! Love the story. Too, too often, I’ve seen this played out.


  14. Oh this is perfect… love the thought of both seeing it… teacher needs to understand a little more about other gifts.


  15. Dale says:

    As soon as you don’t follow the norm… you get criticised for being different. He will go far if he doesn’t quit!


  16. Obvious he didnt know that his normal was their abnormal!


  17. Mike says:

    Magically expressed, some see grass whilst a few see wonders. Well done Jonjo, and Siobhan.


  18. Josslyn Rae Turner says:

    Jonjo is very special indeed! 🙂


  19. The child has artistic gifts that are just not recognized. It’s a good thing the great modernistic painters didn’t have that teacher. It sounds as though his family may not recognize it either. Let’s hope someone does and soon. Well done, Siobhan. —- Suzanne


  20. rgayer55 says:

    I know a guy who made fun of as a child and became a famous artist. His work now hangs in galleries around the world. Print sell for $30-$50,000 each. Who’s laughing now?


  21. rgayer55 says:

    I know a man who was teased as a child and went on to become a famous artist. His work is now on display in galleries around the world and prints sell for $30-50,000. They don’t laugh at him any more.


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