Vacation: A 100 Word Story


Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

“Where do you wanna go for the vacation?” he asked his two whiny teenage kids.

“Beach…, sea-side of course, dad. I want to sit, seeing the white-foamy waves of the sea, and read,” the gangly fourteen-year old said.

“Nerd!” replied his twin sister who couldn’t be any more different than him, “Don’t listen to him. We’ll go to the hill-side. I would love to hike. Oh! It is going to be so much fun…”



“How about a hilly region where there is a beach?”

“I’ll manage,” they groaned together.

They did not know what their father had in mind.


*For Friday Fictioneers


Benefits of NOT Cleaning your Room!

Cleaning– this is something which one tries to do in every area or place… Cleaning the environment, Cleaning the disk space, Cleaning the messages, Cleaning the overflowing closet, Cleaning your room!

And here comes the most tedious- most mundane- most troublesome task:- The task of Cleaning one’s room. Well, its one of the major dilemmas one come across in daily life. Yes, cleaning is good- but why is it so hard to clean your room! May be because-

1. Room consists of so many commodities.

2. If you start cleaning it up, you may come across the ever-increasing moths and insects, which you’re definitely afraid of.

3. Cleaning takes time and you do not have time when you have to write, you have to watch T.V., you have to surf net in some useless way and you have to study occasionally.

4. Cleaning would make you a dull creature because you won’t have anything that you can procrastinate for tomorrow in that case.

5. Cleaning- well, hmm.. you’re way too cool for indulging in some silly activity like cleaning.

SO, that is what the majority of people think- well may be not the majority, but most of the people I know and may be I will ever know in my lifetime. What do you say- is cleaning your room a good habit? Or is it a sheer wastage of time by a capable resource like you?

Here, I am telling you some benefits of not cleaning your room- well, yeah- you can say I am a weirdo- talking about the benefits of something bad- but not cleaning is not bad or is it?



Okay, when your room is not clean and is filled with any type of nonsense thing possible, it gives you a warm feel– the feel of being full, surrounded by so many familiar(or may be long forgotten) things.

When you have cleaned your room and have stored every thing in its proper place, then I think you would feel as if you are very lonely, away from the worldly pleasure. It is a pleasure in itself seeing so many things untangled and messy around you. “Cleaning it up would somehow mean losing your identity.”


When your room is filled with so much stuff that it would be difficult to fit it in the whole house, given that it is being tried- searching the necessary stuff at the exact necessary time becomes a very difficult and adventurous task. Every one needs some adventure and everyone can’t conquer the mighty Mount Everest. So, it is a very good type of adventurous sport splitting your room in halves and searching for the necessary stuff in time.

It is a very good way to spend your leisure and even you work time. Moreover, it is so much fun- isn’t it?


This is the final and the most logical advantage for not cleaning the room.

Cleaning has so many meanings-

  • Mother’s meaning- Everything set up, clean sheets, not a single thing out of place, and hence- a very open room… yuk!!
  • Father’s meaning- Make it clean like your mother expects it to be like.
  • Sibling’s meaning- No stains, No books on the bed- Everything else is fine.
  • My meaning- Have some space to walk on- be it the bed or the floor- the cupboard won’t be bad as well, as long as I can find my way in and out of the room.

Well, that says it all- so it would be better to avoid cleaning the room.. It comes out to be an advantage since you would not have to deal with so many varied meanings.

HENCE, this brings an end to all the confusion, an end to the dilemma of whether the room must be cleaned or not.

So, go ahead and do what you want to do, even after reading my detailed advantages of not cleaning the room.

NOTE- Everyone is responsible for his/her own deeds leading to(well) many final results- be it your mother’s scolding or your friend’s unexpected visit to your room.