Write on Wednesday: Possessing Beauty

The Write on Wednesday Spark:  Possessing Beauty
Write about a collection. Write about something you or ,someone you know, collects. Think about the “why” behind the collection – why is it important to collect this particular thing? How does it make the person feel to add another piece to their collection? Is the group of objects there to be seen, to be studied or simply kept together? Write a real life story or a piece of fiction. Wherever the prompt takes you…Keep your post on the short side: up to 500 words OR a 5 minute stream of consciousness exercise. Link your finished piece to the list and begin popping by the other links. Oh, and enjoy!


Coral sat in her sunroom and waited. It was Saturday, and any moment now the doorbell would ring, and before she would have to the chance to ask who it was, Joseph, her Grandson would bound through the front door.

Coral loved the weekends, and the opportunity it provided for regular catch ups with her favourite grandson .However, at 83 years of age, if she was honest, she  had learnt to love each and every day, she felt very lucky to still have her mobility, good friends, family and her cat, Ralph.

There was the knock, followed by the sound of the fly screen door opening

‘ I’m here Nan!’

‘ I was just thinking about you’ , she said, as the patter of feet made their way towards her.

With her arms outstretched, Joseph soon found himself wrapped up in the traditional ‘Nan Hug’, the type that threatened to cut off circulation, the type that was hard to escape from…

‘You’ve had a hair cut Joe?’

Corals grip had loosened, and her hands were now examining the length of his blond curly mane.

‘ You’re the first to notice Nan, couple of inches taken off yesterday’

She smiled. It has been 5 years since she lost sight in both eyes, the doctors had a term for her conditions, Macular degeneration, a slow onset condition that had resulted in a complete loss of sight. But the passing of time had enabled her other senses to develop an uncanny ability to do for her what her eyes could no longer.

Joseph had also had to make some adjusts to his Nan’s loss of sight. He had begun to draw her b pictures, colourful pictures of his week, and the activities that took place; the soccer matches, the school excursions, the family holidays to the beach. Each Saturday he brought around one of these drawings and used it as a prompt, a launching pad for a story he would tell.

Coral loved Joe’s picture, they adorned every inch of the sunroom walls. Her own private art collection. The colours came to life in each drawing every time he sat with her, and talked at a million miles an hour about his week.

This week’s picture was  about a visit to a Cathedral in the City….it was awash with colour, reds, blues, greens….

‘Tell me again, Joe…the colours in the stained glass window?’

Coral repositioned herself in the chair… this was a great story this one….Joseph had brought her a rainbow today.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. claire
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 12:16:13

    This was a great idea, and you carried it out flawlessly. I love the idea of the pictures hanging all over the wall, and it being tragic because Nan cannot see them. Wonderful writing this week!


  2. Mixed Gems
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 04:16:17

    Another great short story, dear. You are really talented!


  3. Daphne
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 06:50:42

    Pictures as a prompt to tell someone who can’t see a story. Nice. I might use the idea with my students.


  4. kate@springdaysnewgrowth
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 08:04:05

    Gorgeous story, I smiled all the way through it, two loved people!


  5. claire
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 16:29:29

    I nominated you for an award on my blog. Take a look!


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