Saturday, 29 January 2011

'An infrequent visitor' - Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus week 39



This is my SC- text for week 39.
(To read Mrs.Jenny Matlock's instructions, please scroll down past my text!)
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She sat alone by the window thinking about her granddaughter,
who seldom came to call: 'The time for youth seems to last forever, while you're in it. As a child, I saw far into a future of a life well-spent. But looking back, it seems so short.
Mementos from the past are all that remain.'
She lifted the stack of letters from the ancient chest, but hearing a knock at the door, she put them down again.
'Come in,' she said.
'Hi, Grandma! ' said a young woman stepping into the room.
'Lovely to see you,' said the older woman smiling, 'I have something to show you'.

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Wordcount according to WordCalc: 101 (I'm sorry. I have recounted and cannot get it under 100 words.) I did it!I changed 'When I was young' to 'As a child' and got it down to 100 words!

Best wishes,
Anna

First Commenter:
Terra of
Sitting on an Oak



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Jenny Matlock

Welcome to week thirty-nine of Saturday Centus.

OK, I'm going to be nice this week. Actually, I should say that
Judie is going to be nice this week.
Yup, you can't be irritated at me this week at all, because Miss Judie, from Rogue Artists Speak, wrote the prompt...and you don't have to do Sci-fi AND you get your full 100 words (plus the prompt)! Write in any genre in any style you wish...fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even sci-fi! The prompt is: "She lifted the stack of letters from the ancient chest..." Thanks, Judie. This is going to be a fun one to work with! You have the entire week to link your work to the meme and you can link more than one story if you like. Please try mightily to visit all the other weeks. Please display link button or just a hyper-link back to Saturday Centus. Be careful to link your SC URL to the Linky and not just link to your main blog. Please e-mail me directly with ???'s or ask your question in a comment and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Link anytime between now and next Saturday morning.

22 Comments:

Terra said...

Oh Anna. that was heartwarming, brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat. I could picture the scene playing out and feel the love in the grandma's heart! Yahoo!

Koby said...

I would give anything to sit at my grandmother's feet and share her treasures..great job!!

Alli Blue said...

In my mind I saw her bringing a baby of her own in! Neat story!

Ames said...

This story could twist and turn in several directions. I liked it. ~Ames

Kat said...

Nicely told story Anna! I love listening to old stories, and finding old letter and mementos is always a treat. Great use of the prompt. Kat

Cherie said...

Loved your story! It is very true to life for many lonely older people. This brought alot of feeling!

Bookie said...

You did a wonderful job of capturing the pathos of change, Anna. My first mental response to teh prompt was very much like yours. I will have see what I can do with it later....

Judie said...

Great job, Anna! I hope the granddaughter loves history!!

Karen S. said...

Very nice opening into the secret world of this lady...I just love treasure chests....especially ancient...they hold secrets we must uncover! Do tell us more!

Sue said...

Very touching, Anna. I love the way you went with this one.

=)

Tina said...

Jag tankte pa min kara Farmor nar jag laste din saga. Bra gjort!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I really enjoyed this perspective of the grandparent-grandchild relationship. There's so much more story that could unfold from this.
Very nice.
xoRobyn

Viki said...

Beautifully written. The older you get - time does seem short. Great Centus, Anna.

Ann said...

oh Anna, that was excellent. You've outdone yourself with this one

jeff campbell said...

This is rich 'Anna'...evocative of an emotional journey...well done...Peace and blessings

cj Schlottman said...

Anna, Thanks for this gentle and heartwarming peek into the lives of these two woman. There is so much to share if we will only be open to the possibilities.

Great post..........cj

Jo said...

awe, that was so sweet and endearing ... wonderful Anna!

jamisons-letters said...

Sweet! I'm glad that she chose to share her memories! :)

nimaruichi said...

So beautiful and poignant, Anna.
Very true - as a child it seems like there is all the time in the world, but soon we are old and are left wondering how fast it went by...
Thanks for your visit and all the information about paper. I shall cherish it, and there is no fear of it getting spoilt , or torn or washed away... :)

Jenny said...

Oh Anna, this was beautiful. I felt the emotion in this and it really touched my heart. Thank you for linking.

Nonna Beach said...

Simply lovely Anna !

Gems said...

Beautiful, Anna. The waiting is something children don't get but it can be so hard for grandparents.
Thank you for your comment on my blog. I have switched to www.gemsandrhinestones.blogspot.com for the more recent posts. Hope you drop by soon!
Gemsxxx

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