Jan 262021

The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride by Joe Siple

Book 1 of 2: Murray McBride

Chapter One

Murray McBride
Lemon Grove, Illinois
Twenty Years Earlier

Bran Flakes. Every morning for longer than this old brain can remember. Since Jenny died, anyhow. Chalky and bland and disgusting. But I’m not one of those picky folk who need the most expensive caviar for every meal. Never have been.

I stare at the Bran Flakes like they’re a worthy opponent. I’ll attempt to chew and swallow and they’ll try to kill me with a lack of flavor. May the best man win.

It’s my birthday – the Big Ten-Oh- which does nothing but remind me I have no one left. No family, except a greedy grandson who rarely visits. No friends, except the grocery check-out clerk with the pierced nostril – a sparkly hoop I can’t help but stare at. I’m not proud of it, but I want to include my Internist, Doc Keaton, on that list of friends. Why else would he insist on a birthday physical? A glance at the clock tells me I’ll be late for the appointment, but what do I care? Get to be my age, and people don’t expect much of you.

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  14 Responses to “First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday Intros
The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride by Joe Siple”

  1. I love the descriptions! We can clearly see this character and enjoy his thoughts. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  2. It sounds a bit sad–but there’s a potential for some happy moments as well.

  3. Sounds sad, but also like there will be some uplifting parts as well.

  4. Sounds like this is a sad and emotional one. The excerpt grabbed my interest.

  5. Just as Marley & Me had sad and funny parts, it was uplifting. Sounds great. I know it’s not a dog story but… that’s my reference. 🙂
    I’d like to read that book.

  6. The part about not being a picky eater reminded me of my grandfather who sadly did not make it to the big ten-o but only 95. He was so unpicky he thought Army food was pretty good! This sounds like it would be good but I also think I would ugly cry quite a bit.

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