Friday Fiction: Shopping Cart Schizohrinia

copyright -Janet Webb

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields again for her Friday Fictioneers challenge.

The lady, judging from her appearance and quirks, has extreme mental health issues, but she plays the game of life, non-the-less. She walks to and from somewhere dragging that shopping cart, but is also occasionally seen trundling a piece of luggage to and fro. She sports bright red earmuffs when it’s not even cold outside. To talk to her, she seems normal enough, but her appearance and that shopping card set her apart. I wonder what is so important to her that she takes it with her on a daily basis.

She always refused to leave that cart behind for any reason.

22 thoughts on “Friday Fiction: Shopping Cart Schizohrinia

  1. ranu802 November 4, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    There must be some kind of memory attached to the shopping cart,she feels at peace when her cart is with her.It might be who knows.We can only guess!.


    • Danny James November 4, 2013 / 5:57 pm

      I think you are right and she feels at peace with her cart.


  2. moondustwriter October 19, 2013 / 5:30 pm

    Ah but look out from the fishbowl. Perhaps these colorful folks look at us as boring and colorless


    • Danny James October 19, 2013 / 5:50 pm

      True. Perhaps we ARE in the minority. Ahhh…Steven King here is an idea.



  3. talesfromthemotherland October 19, 2013 / 1:11 am

    We certainly know this lady, or one like it… and that is what’s hard about the reality you tap into here. Nice job.


    • Danny James October 19, 2013 / 8:35 am

      Yes I think we have all seen something/someone like that.



  4. elmowrites October 17, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    This is a sad little slice, but you fill it with interest and character. I am dying to know more about this lady.


    • Danny James October 17, 2013 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks for your comment! There may be more of her to come….



  5. sustainabilitea October 17, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    I agree with the idea that her life is in that cart. As for the earmuffs, I’ve seen men/boys wearing wool caps in the summer, which is just a weird and they don’t have the excuse of mental problems!! It would be so hot!

    Just one small thing: “To talk to here”–I know you meant “her.”



    • Danny James October 17, 2013 / 2:31 pm

      Thanks for the catch. Now matter how many times I read that I still missed it. Thanks for your comment!



  6. Adam Ickes October 17, 2013 / 9:36 am

    Is it odd that the only thing I can think of after reading this is those weirdos who where stocking caps (or beanies or whatever the heck they’re called now) in the summer?


    • Danny James October 17, 2013 / 11:05 am

      You are right! Had not thought of that.

      Thanks for the comment!



  7. rochellewisoff October 17, 2013 / 6:12 am

    Dear Danny,

    A sad commentary on many, I think.




  8. Deanna Bollinger Hill October 16, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    I have to agree with Dawn. Her whole life is in that cart, along with her personality, her quirks and fears. Maybe the cart is actually her? Sturdy construction but with a wobbly wheel?


    • Danny James October 16, 2013 / 10:37 pm

      I like your comment! Nice interpretation.



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