This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a carried wife. Why is she being carried? Who is carrying? Pick a genre if you’d like and craft a memorable character. Go where the prompt leads!
In her post, Charli
- explained differences in genres
- introduced us to Sirrka, a remarkable 99-year-old American of Finnish parents
- told us of the Finnish wife-carrying contest, which prompted the flash fiction prompt
- assured us that we are ‘always evolving’.
Please pop over to the Ranch to read Charli’s post and other responses to the prompt.
I agree with Charli that we are always evolving.
When I started writing this blog six and a half years ago, my intention was to write about education. Whenever I responded to one of Charli’s prompts, I attempted to embed my story in a post that focused on education or child development. I was mostly successful.
However, not all prompts, such as this wife-carrying challenge, lend themselves easily to education, though I could certainly do it if I tried with a story about children in school learning about Finland and Finnish customs, for example.
Since I also write posts about education for my second blog at readilearn, which I republish here, I have decided to allow myself a little more flexibility with my responses to Charli’s prompts. From now on, with my word for this year being ‘prioritise’, I will focus more on writing a story than embedding it in a post.
This is my story for this week. I hope you like it.
The Strong One
“You’re strong,” she giggled as he piggy-backed her around the playground at lunchtime.
“You’re strong,” she murmured as he lifted her over the puddle outside their graduation dance.
When he carried her over the threshold on their wedding day, her eyes sparkled with words unsaid but understood.
When they heard of Finland’s wife carrying contest, she smirked. “We could do that. You’re strong.”
He indicated the sleeping children. “When they’re grown.”
When cancer ravaged her body, she soothed, “Stay strong.”
When he and their sons carried her from the chapel on her final journey, he’d never felt so weak.
Thank you for reading. As always, I appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts.