Summer Solstice Celebration

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.

summer solstice

visits include

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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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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6 Responses to Summer Solstice Celebration

  1. Jules says:

    A lovely memory. It is odd though how some things in the family disappear. I’m glad you have that sketch. I gifted some collections of mine to my ‘sons’ – I don’t even know if they have read them through. What will every become of all I’ve written… I ought to write a will that says someone has to read it! …Or not. Life happens the way it does. (((Hugs))).

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  2. Jules, Thanks for reading. When we were going through papers after Grandma died, I found the sketch and claimed it for my own. Knowing my grandmother, she could have used the frame again and put another picture in front of it. Someone in the family may actually have the painting and not know it. Or it could have been part of the items in her house, which were thrown away. She died without a will and all of her belongings were given to her relations. All I really wanted was the cookie jar that stored her homemade sugar cookies (not your typical sugar cookie though, and always topped with a walnut half), and my aunt made sure I would get it. Grandma would give us one cookie, rarely two, but never two IF you asked for another when we visited.

    You should definitely will your writings to your kids. They will be glad for it. If not today, some day.You write so much and your writings need to be preserved. On the other hand, my kids won’t ever read my stuff. At least so far, they have shown no interest. Oh well, c’est la vie!
    All my best, dear friend.

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  3. It’s breathtaking how so few words can carry such emotion. I know one cannot honour someone as fully as possible in any number of words, however those final three lines brought the piece together with such a powerful blow of grief and love.

    We all take time off sometimes, I’m grateful you returned to share this, I’m grateful you allowed us to join you in your grief.

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    • Rebecca, What a kind thing to say about my writing. My grandmother was special to me. It was truly difficult to keep it to 99 words as you must know having written quite a few of them yourself. I just write and then get out the scissors and cut, cut, cut, and hopefully keep it cogent. Wishing you all the best in all your writing endeavors. ~nan

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  4. Sandra Wright says:

    I enjoyed your story. Made me think of my grandma.

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