Bread and Butter

Sarah stared up at the blimp.  It floated gracefully across the blue sky and through the clouds.  How did you get such a job?  When do you realize you want to drive a blimp for your career?  What did the driver’s parents think? 

Sarah had always played it safe.  She had wanted to be a dancer.  A tap dancer.  Her parents always told her to get a “bread and butter job.”  Dancing was a fun hobby, not a way to make a living.  Now Sarah works in Human Resources.  She manages health claims and does nothing to prevent her dreams from disappearing into the clouds.


Okay Fictioneers – Did I catch you by surprise?  I wrote a whopping 100 words!


This story is part of Friday Fictioneers, organized by Madison Woods.  Please make sure you read her story along with all the other Fictioneer stories.  They can be found here: in the comments section.

    • Janet said:

      Wow. I can’t even imagine what that would be like.

  1. Excellent! and I’ve always envied people who have unusual jobs!

    • Janet said:

      Me too. Some of the jobs out there are so unusual and interesting.

    • Janet said:

      That’s a nice way of puttig it. Although she needs to take charge of her own life.

  2. TheOthers1 said:

    I feel this way sometimes. Not pursuing my dreams to the fullest because of fear and others’ opinions. Stifling.

    • Janet said:

      I think we all do at sometimes but at what point do you just do what you want and not worry about the opinions of others? I think if you don’t, it’ll drive you crazy.

  3. Nice, slightly abstract, demonstration of longing. Well done.

  4. Oh dear, a sad story, but prettily told. Exactly the opposite of Craig’s, where the children are saved by imagaination. I hate that our dreams are destroyed by real life. Try not to let that happen!

    • Janet said:

      I think it’s a good lesson to learn because if you don’t pursue your dreams you are often left filled with bitterness or emptiness. bitter.

    • Janet said:

      Yes, I believe that too.

    • Janet said:

      It’s funny. The older I get the more chances I”m willing to take to pursue my dreams.

      • That’s so good. So many get gun shy. You go girl!

    • Janet said:

      You’re right. Sometimes the easy way is not the best way.

    • Janet said:

      My mother always used that term, “You need a bread and butter job.”

      • Nifti said:

        I can tell you, bread and butter jobs are the best! Especially if they pay well too. But usually, they don’t 😦

    • Janet said:

      Thanks Elena. Glad you liked it.

    • Janet said:

      I hope it is a lesson I can use as a parent – kids, don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams.

    • Janet said:

      Yes, but she needs to take some responsibily herself. She can change if she wants.

    • Janet said:

      Yes, and one I plan to teach to my kids – follow your dreams.

    • Janet said:

      Yes, if you don’t at least try you are left feeling empty.

  5. Linda said:

    There is only one thing to do when you have a dream and that is to follow it – no matter what it takes 🙂

    • Janet said:

      Never thought of it that way. I like it.

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