Five Sentence Fiction: Composure

She had always admired the framed photo of her Grandmother on the mantel piece.

Her Grandmother, the epitome of the 1950’s women…her hair set in curls, make up that made her eyes sparkle and that captivating smile ,that to this day, continued to lure people in when they laid eyes on the picture.

Her Grandmother had  passed away when she was a little girl, and her Mother had made sure that her memory was not forgotten.

Grandma’s father had been a drunk, and she had gone on to marry a man who loved the drink more than her. She bore him 8 children, set the dinner table for him every night…more often that not, his meals went cold.

And throughout the 37 years of marriage, she always wore a painted smile.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. injaynesworld
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 17:39:29

    So many women did their “duty” while keeping silent — and still do. What a poignant piece. Very nice use of the prompt.


  2. lisashambrook
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 22:08:11

    Great piece, and I’m sure she wasn’t the only one!


  3. JB Lacaden
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 22:26:39

    “more often that not, his meals went cold”
    I love that line.

    Five sentences well used. Great writing 🙂


  4. Jo-Anne Teal (@jtvancouver)
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 04:36:55

    Jayne’s comment is what I hope I would have said. Very well done.


  5. Write4Ten - Donna B. McNicol
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 01:06:01

    I agree with all of the above….can’t add anything more. Well done…I can visualize her painted smile.


  6. Sandra
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 08:44:48

    Nicely done, I can almost see that picture.


  7. Sandra Stephen Boyle
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 04:01:40

    Marriage, an endurance test for many. How well you have captured this phenomena.


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