H.L. Pauff

Short Fiction, Thoughts on Writing, Chaos


A Case of the Whatevers

Chicken Soup
“Make sure you put on your heavy jacket, young man. Do you have any idea how cold it is out there? You’re going to get sick,” mom yelled from the bottom of the steps.

“Uh huh,” Ty said as he slipped the hoodie over his head.

“Did you hear me? You better put on a heavy jacket.”


“You’re not listening, are you? What did I just say?”

“Don’t worry. I promise,” Ty said as he came down the stairs two at a time.

“When you’re sick you better not come crying to me about – “

“Yep, whatever, mom. Love you.” Ty planted a kiss on his mom’s cheek and bolted through the door.

The next morning Ty woke with a splitting headache. His nose was runny and his throat scratchy.

“Mom,” he called weakly from his room.

A few minutes later, mom appeared in the doorway. “Looks like you’re suffering from the whatevers there.” She laughed.

Ty groaned.

“Come on,” mom said. “Let’s get some chicken soup in you.”

photo by: erix!

9 Responses to A Case of the Whatevers

  1. Cobbie's World says:

    It can be -40 outside and you are guaranteed to see some teenager in a t-shirt. You captured one of the quintessential rites of growing up; trying to become a man but, learning the awful truth that, indeed, Mom is usually right. Good work. :)

  2. JannaTWrites says:

    I had a very similar coat conversation with my eleven-year-old today. He left in a hoodie, just as he has the last two weeks I’ve been suggesting something more. Dang kid won’t even get sick…he’s THAT stubborn :)

    But if he did get sick, I’d take care of his ‘whatevers’ like this mom did!

  3. Meredith says:

    Sounds like my son. Nice job!

  4. Some excellent Momming going on there (is that a verb? It is now)- and a very realistic teenager. Lovely.

  5. Momo says:

    Aw, mom is a softie. I like her quip about him having a case of the whatevers. Well played!

  6. Jo-Anne Teal says:

    Briefly but very nicely told. Love comes through the whatevers :)))

  7. Draug419 says:

    Awww I like this!

  8. But the heavy jacket doesn’t match my outfit. I taught teenagers and listened to them discuss fashion and who wore a brown belt with black shoes. The whole time I would wonder what did it matter considering some of their clothes.

  9. Trifecta says:

    I like this mom. She’s relatable. Thanks for linking up.

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