Jake the peg


Throughout his life Jake had been ridiculed. Children jeered at him, passers by pointed and smirked. Even passing dogs mocked him.

‘Ha ha, there goes hop along!’ They’d shout and point. The dogs just barked or growled. He hated it.

You see, Jake’s right leg was considerably shorter than his left leg.

Now though, Jake had found a place to hide. He loved photography – it was his escape from a world of prejudice. It made him forget his ailment and gave him hope.

Best of all, when he published his photos, no one could tell he had a wonky leg.




Many thanks to Jen Pendergast for this week’s photo. It’s not often I comment on the picture but thought it worth mentioning that I’ve rotated Jen’s work of art a little to illustrate my story. Thanks Jen, it’s a nice photo!

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12 Responses to Jake the peg

  1. wmqcolby says:

    Nice story! Good stuff.

  2. nice…. I think your take on the prompt is most unique..

  3. BrainRants says:

    I stared at the photo a while before I saw your post-script. Neat addition!

  4. Photography often heals wounds. You’re last line was spot on.

  5. elappleby says:

    I wondered where you were going with this for a minute – it immediately made me think of ‘One Leg Too Few’ (Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) and the line: ‘I’ve got nothing against your right leg, but the trouble is – neither have you.’
    I’m glad Jake found solace behind the lens. and I enjoyed your wonky version of the photo!

    • Indeed, that very sketch was on the television just last week (50th anniversary of the channel it was first on) and I think it probably had a bearing on my story.
      Thank you for your kind words.

  6. Clever use of the prompt and sweet story with a happy ending. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

  7. I use photography to compensate for my handicaps also.

    • Hello Dawn,
      It was being asked to photograph a friend’s band that helped me overcome my fear of crowds. Normally I’d stand at the back or near a door. Before I knew it, I was down the front shooting away as the desire to please my friend was greater than the fear!
      It’s great how we can use something fun to overcome something disabling.

  8. Poor Jake… it took me a while to understand it was all in vain.. maybe he should get a tripod.

  9. elmowrites says:

    I LOVE this! When I first looked at the photo on Rochelle’s site, I realized there was a slight tilt to it. Very slight, but definitely there. I tried to write something about that, but couldn’t find a way to make it good. You, my friend, have nailed it!

  10. Dear Kelly,

    Clever use of the prompt. I love a story that barely hints at the photo. I hope Jake also found some more sensitive friends.

    Well done.



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