arguing among siblings

Will heard the voices loud and clear, arguing in circles, heated in their debate, and their volume raising with each new back and forth.  Bill and Billy were at it again.  Sighing, he went to settle them down before things escalated too far.

“What seems to be the problem this time,” Will asked, exasperated, even though he knew the answer already.

“Bill said he was the oldest because he doesn’t have a child’s name like I do.”

“Billy said he was the oldest because he knows age isn’t based on names.”

“Bill said he was oldest because he knows that sometimes things are exactly as they seem.”

“Billy said he was oldest because he knows you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.”

“Okay, okay, that’s enough.  I don’t need a rehash of the whole argument,” Will interrupted.  “We’ve been over this, you are exactly the same age.  Let it go.”

“But how can that be?” Bill and Billy chimed in unison.

“One of us has to be older,” Bill insisted.

“One of us has to be first,” Billy stated.

“In this case, the normal rules of the universe don’t apply, and you are in fact exactly the same age.”

Bill glowered and Billy fumed.  They didn’t trust Will and they wanted to keep the argument going until they could decipher which of them was eldest.

Seeing their intent, Will attempted to head them off.  “You can keep your battle of wits going, as long as you like, but if you rouse William we will all be in trouble.  You know he only lets us have free reign while he is sleeping.  Once he wakes up he takes control of the body we share and shoves us aside.”

Bill and Billy frowned, they were aware they were facets of William’s personality, but they didn’t like what it meant for their existence.

Will, the first split in William’s personality, had years on the twins and had already accepted his role.  He’d grown used to the quiet times too and had been surprised and a little disappointed to find Bill and Billy sharing the space with him one day.  But, he adapted and moved on, as he knew they would do eventually too.

“Come on,” Will cajoled, let’s play a game while we still have some time.”

Bill and Billy perked up at the prospect of mischief.  “Let’s move William’s car,” they urged.

“That does sound like fun,” Will agreed, “but, which of us gets to drive?”

The twins raced to grab hold of William’s body, but Will knew a shortcut and beat them both to the prize.

In his sleep, William’s lips twisted in a rueful smile.


Yep, you guessed it, this bit of silliness brought to you by this week’s Inspiration Monday writing challenge:


The Rules

There are none. Read the prompts, get inspired, write something. No word count minimum or maximum. You don’t have to include the exact prompt in your piece, and you can interpret the prompt(s) any way you like.


No really; I need rules!

Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.

The Prompts:


The Unparalled Merits of College

(This challenge isn’t all that difficult for me as I will often argue both sides of any argument depending on which one needs the most support.  What follows is the point of view of a friend from the last “disagreement” I had with them regarding the need for everyone to have a college education.)

College is for everyone.

We, as a society, benefit every bit as much as the individual benefits from that advanced knowledge and experience attained by those who attend college and seek a degree.  A more educated populace means more demand for higher paying jobs, which means more taxes being collected, which means those unable to work have better resources at their disposal, which means health care costs go down for everyone, which means more money in the pockets of everyone, which means more people are willing to spend money, which means more jobs at all levels are needed…   This creates a self replicating cycle, because more highly educated people will be needed to fill those jobs, and we start again.

While you may argue that not every job requires the skills and experiences attained from a 2 or 4 year degree, I believe that perhaps if someone with a higher education took up one of those careers they would see a way to improve it, to reduce cots, to increase output, to benefit the company they work for and the society as a whole.

While you may argue that the sheer cost of college will become a detriment to those who are unable to find a high paying position despite their advanced education and thus create a burden on society rather than a bonus, I believe that the overwhelming majority of people will be able to find work.  That majority will easily cover the cost of those unable to pay back their college debt.  Besides, to make college a goal for us all to realistically achieve we will have to greatly reduce tuition anyway.

What other arguments do you have?  What flaws do you see in this plan?

not with a ten foot pole

Today’s daily prompt asks us to wax philosophical on the role of government in health care…

My immediate response was, “I WOULDN’T touch that topic with a ten foot pole.”  And now I bet you are wondering why you are reading anything at all because I don’t normally pingback to the prompt or bring it up at all if I’m not going to play along on a given day, right?  Well, I don’t know what to say other than I felt compelled to acknowledge the prompt and officially abstain from arguing one way or the other.

There are benefits and drawbacks to both: having medical coverage solely provided by the government or solely provided by the private sector.  I could argue for the theory of both.  Unfortunately, the ideal theory rarely comes to fruition in the real world…  We corrupt them and try to distort them to our own purposes and they are left as ragged shells of what they could have been.

So, if you popped over today looking for great words of wisdom from the matticus kingdom, I’m sorry to disappoint.  We have none to offer today.