“79th story”

First Published: Feb.21.2019

A story by Laleh Chini:

Nancy dropped her son Jack off at preschool and saw Mary dropping off her daughter, Janet.


Mary said: “How are you, Nancy? Long-time no see. How is everyone?”

Nancy said: “You won’t believe how busy I am. Kids are driving me crazy. Jack was coming down the stairs, chasing his sister Anna this morning while holding a toy knife.


He fell down 10 stairs and landed on the rug. He had a little cut, but in total everything went well. Thank God.”

Mary replied with wonder: “Oh my God. You really are busy.”

Nancy said: “I would love to stay to chat but I have to rush to Anna.”


Mary was walking back home when she saw Susie: “Hey Susie. How are your kids? Nancy was telling me that Jack fell down the stairs with a knife in his hand. Can you believe kids these days? He fell on his sister Anna from 10 stairs. Sorry, I am in a rush to go to the hospital. I have an appointment. Bye.”


Susie went to the supermarket that day and saw Janna and said: “Did you hear the news? Jack was chasing Anna and their dog with a knife. He cut 10 spots on her. Unbelievable, Nancy’s kids play with a knife while their mother just thinks about her hair and what color nail polish she’s going to wear. The nerve of some people calling themselves mothers.”


The story circled all day and when it was time to pick the kids up from school, Nancy saw Amy, Adam’s mom.


Amy asked: “Have you heard the news?”

Nancy said; “What news?”

Amy said: “This morning some teenage boy was holding a knife while chasing a girl.


He pushed her down the stairs on a dog.


I don’t know if there was any stabbing but I heard something about 10 times and running to the hospital. People say it was all because of a careless mother who just thinks about her beauty!!!”

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  1. This is brilliant writing. I’ve learned a valuable lesson in reading it.

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  2. Gossip is terrible! It’s why I never repeat anything someone tells me.

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  3. Unfortunately, it goes mostly in that way 🙄😏❤

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  4. Great story and perfect picture choices. The dog at the end almost looks like he’s saying, “Whaaat?” 🙂

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  5. Chinese whispers and gossip – a powerful mix

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  6. Nice life lesson story thank you for sharing it with us, I have never liked and believed gossip.

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  7. Great story Laleh, and a wonderful reminder how the words we hear or read may not be true 🙂

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  8. A good reminder that gossip can be dangerous and we need to be careful what we repeat!

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  9. Gossip has a life of its own. It can ruin lives and reputations.

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  10. And in such a way wild rumours start than can find an innocent person convicted before there’s a charge.
    Like your story. 🙂

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  11. Ha ha ha.. when the word goes around it turns into a sword!

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  12. I do love reading your glorious stories Laleh, always so poignant and topical xx

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  13. The broken deception of gossip, it’s lives that gets destroyed! A lovely write, Laleh!

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  14. So easily done and so very wrong.

    My brother was in a car accident in his teens and the kids at school told me he was blind and near to die. I’d just come from home and although I knew different it marred my day with anxiety … so cruel!

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  15. This is what now needed to the society, instead of not believing gossips I feel better we can avoid that

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  16. I heard that story too. The teenage boy was caught and serving a life prison in jail in connection with the murder of a girl who threw his dog from the stairs while her mother was doing make up with her knife.

    People these days.

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  17. A great story. That’s how a rumor is born. One person tells the other person what else they say, and another person exaggerates. Gossip can also hurt someone, so be careful.

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  18. Isn’t it amazing how stories change without going back to the source. Excellent post. 🙂

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  19. Lol!!!! Yes rumor wants willing ears!!!! The same everywhere my sweet Laleh!!!! Kisses💖💖r

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  20. I always love the moral of your stories 😊

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  21. Reminds me of a game we played as children. We would sit in a ring. One person would whisper a sentence to the next child. It would be repeated around the ring, when the last child would repeat aloud what had been said. The final version was never close to the original version.

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  22. Gossips create lots of tales
    Which makes people to belive it as true

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  23. Sometimes news can be spread with lots of mistakes. I laughed though.

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  24. Yep, that’s the way it happens. What’s REALLY frustrating is when news media broadcasts stories before they’ve checked them out, and even when they’re corrected, they may take several days to retract the story – or not retract it at all. ):-(

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  25. This is so true! Gossip never makes anyone look better, only worse.

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  26. Oh my God….can’t believe what started as an innocent conversation ended up like this at the end of the day….

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  27. Are you informing us here about how fast FAKE NEWS spread? Thank you very much for this interesting post!:) and very best regards

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  28. Life lesson in the story.
    Gossip causes lot of harm. We must stay away.

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  29. Its amazing how quickly rumours spreads and how damaging they can be!

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  30. book of someone said so
    you and i know
    what is fact
    and fiction
    the erudite

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  31. They say if you want to spread news just tell women and in no time you will see not only how the news has been spread but also how it got changed with the spice added by women..oh God women are unstoppable when it comes to gossip..nice story Laleh💓

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  32. more treasured wisdom Laleh! ❤️👏👏👏👏👏

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  33. Yep!
    Spot on.😃
    Good one Laleh .💜

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  34. We used to play the game “Telephone” as children, to enjoy how a phrase will change with retelling.

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  35. It’s so true how gossips travel by people left with nothing better to do… beautifully penned Laleh

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  36. Such an amazing write up showcasing the truth of our tongues and carelessness of our words!!

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  37. Gossip is often misleading and casually cruel.

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  38. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    one gossipped story…full circle turned gory!

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  39. That’s gossip….a concocted version of the truth 😛

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