Barking Up the Wrong Tree…Friday Fictioneers

“Jess, joining us at the pub tonight? Emily’s bringing her brother along…David Wilson, the famous tree sculptor. His works have been in The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Being a taxonomist, we thought you’d get on.”

“Jane, if he’s so famous, why can’t he make his own dates? What’s wrong with him?”

“What about yourself? When was the last time you had a date? It’s not his fault that his sister inherited all the extroversion genes.”

“Jess, just promise me you won’t mention anything about their Latin names.”

Something told me, they were all barking up the wrong tree.


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This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields. PHOTO PROMPT © J.S. Brand

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24 thoughts on “Barking Up the Wrong Tree…Friday Fictioneers

  1. Rowena Post author

    That could well be true, but I am also one who strongly believes in the need for human connection. Maybe, they could be suited to each other in the sense they’d give each other the space they need if they could find some common ground. Iain, I thought you’d appreciate this interview with concert pianist Simon Tedeschi and his wife Loribelle who is an award winning artist:
    Best wishes,

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Susan. I used to set quite a few friends up and a few worked out and even got married. Some people, indeed, maybe a lot of people need a bit of help and in this sense arranged marriages can be helpful, as long as there’s an exit clause and no one is forced. These days, I’m still connecting people but in more of a social networking sense. It’s a natural part of who I am.
    Best wishes,

  3. Rowena Post author

    Definitely. I am still hopeful and I think it’s good they’re going as a group and easing into it.
    Best wishes,

  4. Abhijit Ray

    Fame and ability to get a date may not always go hand in hand. Though there may be exceptions. Famous people either have high ego or they do not understand importance of small talk.

  5. Rowena Post author

    You have great insight that a lot of famous people struggle with small talk. I think alot of famous or successful people are very focused, and live at the end of a tunnel or rabbit hole. I even find small talk difficult when I’ve been researching all day and am right into my subject and no one around me knows anything about it or even cares. I feel myself having to climb up a metaphorical ladder to return to the surface to converse with people again. It is easier to chat at those depths with other bloggers as many of us think at that level.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Yes. I’ve found there’s quite a contingent of introverted performers too. That baffles me a bit as an extrovert but these people i think give a sensitivity to their performance and possibly find it easier to break out of themselves in character and in costume than as themselves.

  7. jillyfunnell

    Jane seems rather a bossy Miss Fix It. Restricting a reluctant blind datee on her conversation, i.e. no mention of Latin names, could put Jess off altogether thus denying Jess and David the chance to meet.

  8. Rowena Post author

    We used to have a few friend we prepped before they went on first dates. A group of of us advised one male friend not to mention marriage on the first date and somehow we ended up going shopping for his clothes together. Not sure who instigated that. I recall him giving me some advise too.

  9. Rowena Post author

    Shame you don’t live closer, Dale and perhaps you should quietly let them know that you’re ready to start dating. One of my Mum’s best friends lost her husband more than five years ago and they’ve ever touched on the subject, which surprised me. She travels a lot and spends a lot of time with her grandchildren. Yet, that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t like someone special.

  10. jillyfunnell

    Rowena, I just laughed out loud at the thought of not mentioning marriage on the first date! And it sounds a good friendship if you went clothes shopping with him. I hope he found his matching “pair”.

  11. Rowena Post author

    My parents recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and it was such a wonderful celebration catching up with people from throughout those years. Our kids are just starting to get to an age where we can start dating each other again, which is nice. Sometimes, when we’ve been really busy it can be a bit like who are you but you need to work at it. Clearly, you’ve had much more experience at it than I have.

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