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Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Christmas Elf @ Small Stories and Stuff

Saturday Centus again already! Most of you now the rules, but if you need to know more, visit Saturday Centus, the brain child of Jenny Matlock, whose blog, “...off on my tanget” is a must for good reading and great ideas. She has other memes, too!


This week’s prompt is, "The bin of tangled up holiday lights..." We have 100 words, not including the prompt, to write a little story around the prompt. Since it is a writing exercise, I put myself on a timer and usually give myself an hour to complete my entry. How you handle it is, of course, up to you.

Here is my take on this week’s prompt. You will find it in italics.



MY CHRISTMAS ELF

Having her son for a weekend is like inviting a bear to a picnic. Disorganized and distracted by his disease, he forgot to bring warm clothes. The kitchen counter around the coffee maker feels like super glue, and he he obsessing about what he will wear - to Wal-Mart.

At 5:30 AM, she found him on the deck in shorts, no shoes, and a tee shirt smoking a cigarette. Temperature 35ยบ.

But when she pulled the bin of tangled up holiday lights from the attic, he set to work and systematically straightened each strand. She plopped a Santa hat on his head and smiled a mother’s smile.

18 comments:

Teresa said...

This is wonderful! It truly is a magic season that gives us the chance to remember and see the best in those around us. Great story!

Teresa said...

Well done! Truly shows that there's nothing like a mother's unconditional love - for anyone, at any age.

Kudos.

gautami tripathy said...

I love that son. He knew what he was doing. This is so good.

plateau

Koby said...

I know a son like that...Great take on this week's prompt.

Ames said...

Love is unconditional! Great post!~Ames

Cheryl said...

What is a beautiful picture of your child.

Sue said...

The things that really matter are all there, aren't they?

Hugs to you.

=)

Kat said...

This brought tears to my eyes. You've painted such a lovely picture here, I can just see that Santa hat at a jaunty angle on his head, as he methodically sorts the lights. Just perfect CJ! Kat

Jackie said...

I love how he untangled the lights , like he finally could do something right .

Tina said...

Beautiful tribute to coping with those with deep, unfixable issues. Loved this, CJ.

Bookie said...

Very well done...excellent observations made by discerning author....

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I really appreciate how much you conveyed in so few words. Thank you.
xoRobyn

Viki said...

Although he has challenges, it's nice that he get's to come to your home and you can be with him. Loved this look into your life. Good job.

Judie said...

The reminds me of the movie "Snow Cake"

Malisa said...

Beautiful story! It takes a special person to know how to reach out to a bothered soul. Your story rang with the truth of the Christmas season!

I just posted my story today. Hope you will stop by and read.

Malisa

nimaruichi said...

Beautiful story full of warmth of love! :)

Tgoette said...

Aww, what a sweet portait of your son, CJ. Very heartwarming and loving. You're such a great mom! Wonderful story this week!

Jenny said...

I love how you found the glow in the tangle here in your words.

It is a mothers heart that can see the joy in all situations.

You really touched me with this writing.