Hands Across the Years: A 99-word Flash

This pedometer geek has to admit that writing has taken a backseat to every other thing recently. Between working, volunteering, reading, and just being lazy (and day-to-day life), nothing has been produced writing-wise. Okay, one poem was written, and now this 99-word (no more, no less) flash piece based on this week’s prompt at Carrot Ranch (www.carrotranch.com). The theme was to write about aging as Charli Mills, the chief word wrangler at Carrot Ranch, is celebrating another year of life around the sun. Here is my contribution.

Hands Over the Years

An early memory of Mom was of her wearing a yellow, full-skirted seersucker dress to the zoo on a bright June day. Her dress rivaled the sun and epitomized a young mother full of energy. I was only five at the time.

Time aged us both, and suddenly, I was a mother myself. Visits to my parents brought both delight and sadness as I noticed her worsening rheumatoid arthritis. Her hands became more gnarled and disfigured through the years.

Now, I look at my own hands for signs of aging and wonder what my sons see when we visit.

Nancy Brady, 2019

Now that I have thawed from my writing slump, perhaps I will write another 99-word flash piece and participate once again in the writing community here and at Carrot Ranch. To see all of this week’s entries or participate yourself, head over to http://www.carrotranch.com.



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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9 Responses to Hands Across the Years: A 99-word Flash

  1. Nathan AM Smith says:

    That ending is powerful!

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  2. Jules says:

    We do inherit some genes from our parents. But I think we can stave off some of the ailments as we become more health conscious.

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  3. What a thought-provoking post. It’s astonishing when we grow up and witness our parents emerging in us – our walk, our hair, the bags around our eyes, the hands sticking out of sleeves, the soft sounds made as we stand after sitting, or bend down to pick up something on the floor. More than what your sons will see in you will be what they’ll see of you in them. Cheers

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  4. Michael, this comment is really sweet. To be honest, I teared up. Thanks.

    Jules, 40,000 steps? Wow, just wow! I am in awe. I bow to your pedometergeekery (or Fitbitery). I think the highest total I could claim would be 16,000+ on any one day (although this past week was a stellar week for me with over 80,000 steps recorded).


  5. This is just beautiful, Nan, and so wise. Thank you.

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  6. Thank you, dear Barbara. Your words mean so much.


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