The Collection: For a Day

This week’s prompt, set by Charli Mills, for the Word Wranglers at Carrot Ranch was as follows:

July 11, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by the idea, “for a day.” It doesn’t need to be never-ending, like me forgetting to update a prompt. What is so special about the action, person, or object experienced for a day? Go where the prompt leads!

This pedometer geek writer wrote the following story:

If Only…

People always talk about closure, but it rarely happens. For Donny, at four, it never came.

Donny’s memories of his mother are nonexistent. He remembers the events of a photograph: him, dressed  in church clothes, sitting in a chair by the teacher, who said he wouldn’t be in the picture. He remembers the short pants showing his knees. The back of the photo indicates she was alive when it was taken.

Life changed for this family when the mother and baby died. If for one day, the man could see and talk to her what a difference it’d make.

~Nancy Brady, 2022

The Collection of all the #99wordstories will be posted at at the end of the week (July 22, 2022). Check them all out. In the meantime, check out all the stories about swarms.

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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4 Responses to The Collection: For a Day

  1. JC home says:

    Once again, a nice job. You have a flair.

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  2. Jules says:

    Reminds me of my own birth mother’s passing… though I was younger.
    I believe I have one memory… The rest is just stories and photos.
    And not much of that, because for what ever reason at that time death wasn’t talked about – especially not to children.

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    • Yes, Jules. I am sorry that you lost your birth mother so young, too. You’re right about children not learning about death till much later. I always heard that the first death children experience is usually with that of a pet.

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