The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction blog has been having what they call a Rodeo with particular events. One of the events was writing an anonymous memoir of 99 words (no more, no less excluding the title) with the prompt of She Did It.
Now that the results of the blind contest has been released, here is my entry:
My Aunt Remembered
Even before my aunt’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, I wondered. With our birthdays only two days apart, she never forgot to send me a card, even after I was an adult. The last one she sent, though, was signed “Grandma,” which was crossed out and signed “Aunt Connie.”
At the funeral for my cousin, my aunt sat near her casket. I wasn’t sure she’d recognize me. In her signature style, she put her hands on my cheeks, saying, “Nancy! There’s my baby doll!”
A minute later, she asked me, “Who are you?” Just that quick, my loss and mourning doubled.
Nancy Brady, 2018
I am proud to say that Gil, one of the judges, selected it for an Honorable Mention. All of the entries, including the winners, can be found at https://carrotranch.com/2018-flash-fiction-rodeo/rodeo-2-memoir/. Thanks Gil for the kind words about my memoir.