My Aunt Remembered: 99 Flash Fiction

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.

 

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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8 Responses to My Aunt Remembered: 99 Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    This reminds me of my one Grama who did get up there in years. Though the last decade or so she didn’t have all the lights on in her attic. I wish I had kept more of her cards to me…

    Nice to be a Judges choice at the Carrot Ranch Rodeo! 😀

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    • You ought to know, Jules. You were also a Judges choice for yours.
      I still have some cards from my one grandma; none from my other though. I only wish I could write as well (pretty, that is) as she could. Alas…

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      • Jules says:

        We all have different ‘gifts’. Sometimes ‘time’ allows us clear vision, and other times ‘time’ just likes to play games… with the time we have. Be present and enjoy the now 🙂

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  2. I had an aunt with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Your excellent and stark writing hit very close to home.

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    • I must have done something right then, Barbara. I must admit that it was difficult to keep it at ninety-nine words. I had to cut and cut superfluous words to get it there. I miss her still, and on a bookcase is a photo of her and Mom (long before I was born).

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      • I understand, Nancy. I have my aunt’s photo on the wall near my desk, right below my mother’s. How young she was in it. How beautiful, and full of life. Your piece did everything right, for it cut right to the quick of how devastating this illness is for everyone.

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  3. Wow, just wow! It is a beautiful sequence, and you chose the very first haiku I ever recall writing. I think it was 1976. Although modified for the book, it was originally 5-7-5. ❤

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