This pedometer geek writer has been slacking in regards to writing to the prompts at http://www.carrotranch.com. The prompts for the 99-word (no more, no less) stories are posted weekly, but a week seems to go by so fast that by the time this writer is ready to respond, the time period for submission is over. This week’s prompt is writing about a solstice in whatever manner a writer chooses. The following story is in the form of a haibun:
“Memories of Grandma”
My grandma’s birthday was the same date as the summer solstice. I’d often stay with her for a week during summer vacation; we’d spend time at the park after window shopping at Woolworth’s. We’d rarely buy anything except for a sweet or two.
She painted a picture of me when I was young and had a ponytail. It hung on a wall of her tiny house for years, but after she died, the painting was nowhere to be found, only her original sketch. Even now, I wonder what happened to the painting.
one sugar cookie
~Nancy Brady, 2021
The challenge to write a short piece like this is the amount of editing it takes. Originally, there were over 160 words on my first draft, and eliminating more than a third of the words to get it down to 99 words, and I barely scratched the surface of all the memories I have of her.
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