Thursday, 3 April 2014

C is for Calligraphy

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It had been a particularly long day, starting with a furious cat fight in the back garden at 4 am that had woken the baby, descending rapidly towards the leaking washing machine when they arrived back from the shops and reaching its crescendo with the 'burnt toast' tantrum at lunch time. The afternoon had seen a slight hush in proceedings, merely serving to lull her into a false sense of security. During a tussle Barbie lost a leg, followed swiftly by a decapitated Sylvanian rabbit; it could have been carnage without timely intervention. Peace was restored briefly but when scrabbling for a fallen felt pen she found something very dead and very mouldy behind the fridge. After disposing of it in the compost bin she stands at the kitchen sink watching a scruffy sparrow flit across the garden and wondering if there was any chance they could swap places.  A piece of folded paper is placed on the drainer next to her cold cup of tea. She opens it. Beneath a huge yellow flower in large wobbly writing she reads, 'to mum x'.

(Words for my flash fiction A to Z supplied spontaneously by Monkey)
(Linking back to the A to Z challenge)


  1. Ahhhhh you got me at Barbie lost a leg I had to laugh! You capture the essence of a harried life in so few words and end it beautifully on a thought of pure joy.

  2. Hi Liz, it felt a bit sentimental when i wrote it but the aim has been to be spontaneous so just went with the first idea that came to me, I looked up the word and the strict definition was 'beautiful writing'.

  3. As a Calligrapher, I am afraid I was looking for your writing to reflect it literally. Now that I read your reply, I get it, and very much appreciate your interpretation and spontaneous choice of words.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  4. I love it! This is fabulous! Been there done that, how fantastic! Glad I found you on another blog! Kriss @ Cabin Goddess.

  5. What fun, well maybe fun's not the right word. It's reality, nicely wrapped in burlap with a bright red bow! Been there - Mary at Variety, the Spice of Life

  6. It's funny how beauty hides in the strangest places...even the slightly moldy behind the fridge type!

    Michelle @ In Media Res


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