The day has come! It's Monday and, as promised, I've got a copy of Sam's Letters to Jennifer ready to go.
We had some awesome responses to this post about a 70-year-old envelope I got at an antiques fair. I'd asked you guys to write something based on its information, and 7 phenomenal pieces were the result.
All you ladies (no dudes, really?) did super. But, hard as it was, I did have to pick just one. And I chose the piece from...
Kelly! As a scrapbooker, she doesn't claim any writing talent. But she should! Here is her moving piece:
Nellie sat against the wall, feeling the icy wind whistle through the cracks and seep under her worn sweater. In front of her were two girls, sisters, playing with a scrap of a doll. The oldest sister tied a handkerchief around the cloth body, hiding the many imperfections. Nellie lowered her eyes into her arms. She wasn’t old enough to know the words, but her heart knew it was hard to watch this small family.
Downstairs the front door hit the wall. A small commotion followed and then silence.
A moment, an hour later--time meant so little here--a woman walked through the girls’ dormitory. She held out a hand to Nellie and the girl took it silently. With soft footsteps the two made their way to Father Flanagan’s office.
Perched on the edge of a chair, hands clasped tightly in her lap, Nellie waited.
“Nellie,” Father said. “These are for you.” In his outstretched hand Nellie saw three small packages. Shyly, Nellie reached forward and took the candy. “Thank you,” she whispered.
“You may go back and play now,” Father told her gently.
Nellie slid down till her toes touched the floor and scooted quickly from the room. Back inside the office the woman looked to Father Flanagan. “The letter?” she questioned. Father shook his head. “They cannot take her, poor dear.” The woman’s eyes filled with unshed tears. “Will you tell her?”
“Later,” Father replied. “For now, let her enjoy the chocolate.”
Just brilliant, Kelly! Are you sure you don't want to take up writing?
All the other ladies deserve mention.
Jenni - You should take your story further, as you mentioned. There's a great tale to be told with your words! Loved it.
Angie - Oh my gosh. Such a heartfelt piece; it evokes such rich emotion! Thank you for sharing this with us.
Vesper - Welcome to Something She Wrote! And thanks for participating. I was surprised to learn you're so young! You keep at this writing thing, chick. You've got something. :)
Barbara - You so well captured the life many likely lived. Made my heart sad - in that way I so love because it's due to good writing. Excellent!
Melanie - Love that you made it a present-day story, looking back on an old letter. And the helicopter seeds, I remember playing with those! An awesome thing we all likely remember; it connects us all to the story. Great stuff!
Joy - I really loved where you went with this; that the circumstance came about only temporary, until things are more adequate for Nellie. Such a full story; there's so much behind the scenes of what you wrote. Well done!
Keep at it, all of you. I suggest writing fiction blurbs whenever inspiration hits - even when you're working on bigger projects. It's good for motivation and creativity, and can even help with mental block.
Thank you again, ladies. I'm so honored to write alongside you talented women.