Image copyright: Douglas M. MacIlroy

Image copyright: Douglas M. MacIlroy

His hearing started to go downhill in his early fifties and, as he was an amateur inventor, it was no surprise to his wife when she came down one morning to find the kitchen table cleared of the rusty miscellanea he had assembled to make a perpetual motion machine, and now covered with sundry grommets, tubing, elastic bands, miniature pumps, and radio parts as he embarked on his mission to create the world’s first water-powered hearing aid.

She shook her head, sighed, and said, “I see the toaster is still intact. Fancy some breakfast?”

He didn’t hear her, of course.


Written in response to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word challenge found here. Take up your pen!

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20 Responses to Hello!

  1. athling2001 says:

    Funny! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Funny story, Patrick. I love that bit about the toaster. Poor man. Someone needs to buy him a hearing aid to use while he’s inventing one. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne

  3. Cute story, you made me smile.

  4. michael1148humphris says:

    So funny, great piece of writing

  5. Ha.. maybe she needed to turn on the water first…

  6. elappleby says:

    You made me laugh – but also I really want to know what a water powered hearing aid looks like!

    • I’ve only seen a prototype; needs some modifications; needs to be pushed around on a wheel barrow and is susceptible to furring up with limescale so reducing its efficacy. It’s just a matter of time. All politicians will be issued with one free so they can hear what the people want.

  7. Dear Patrick,

    So much for his inventiveness and his hearing. I’d fancy some toast, please.



  8. Sandra says:

    She needs to give it time…

  9. neilmacdon says:

    This has a lovely wry wit

  10. gahlearner says:

    Hilarious. I love it. Of course he didn’t hear her.

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