I Want To Make It With You

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Β© Kelvin M. Knight

“It’s my year to choose our wedding anniversary theme so just put on a happy face.”

“We weren’t married until 1980. How about a band from then?”

“Hush. We met in high school in 1973. This was their big album that year.”

“It ruined the senior prom.”

Jean pressed “play”Β and the vintage CD stereo begin soft sounds of “Make it with you.” She took his hand. He pulled her close. They danced.

“Not bad, eh lover?”

“Never bad with you, Baby.”

He still thought the band Bread was awful but after all, it’s the things you do for love that count.

I wrote this for the Rochelle Wisoff-Fields photo writing challenge. The idea is to use the image above as a prompt to write a piece of flash fiction no more than 100 words long. After a lot of editing, I got my submission down to 100.

I admit that I found the photo far too schmaltzy for my tastes, but while I was cooking breakfast, I had an epiphany. Yes, I too can’t stand that 1970s band, but a piece of bread with a heart cut out in the center seems to describe them perfectly. Oh, in 1973, their hit album really was The Best of Bread and the lead track on side one was Make It with You.

To read other stories inspired by the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.

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63 thoughts on “I Want To Make It With You

    • The band Bread was active for most of the 1970s so if you are fairly young, you probably never would have heard their music. You can Google them if you’re curious. Thanks.

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    • Well, different strokes, and all. I’m sure I listened to it at the time, but whenever I hear some of those old 1970s songs now…well, let’s just say I discover that some of my taste in music has changed over the years.

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  1. I know what you mean about the heart shape – I didn’t refer to it at all. But the Bread ref worked very well, James and you sneaked a good dollop of romance in there without being smaltzy. Nicely done

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    • Glad you do, Keith. By the way, your comments here almost always end up in the spam bucket for some reason. Fortunately I look before emptying it. Also, is there any way to adjust your own anti-spam settings on blogger? Those “how many squares show a street sign” images aren’t always easy for my old eyes to figure out. Thanks.

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  2. Aw come on, James… Bread wasn’t that bad! All the bands had great schmaltzy love songs… I kinda like schmaltz over some of the crap we have to listen to today…

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