I See the Light in You #99WordStories

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that references “I see the light in you.” You can use the phrase or demonstrate it in a story. Who is shining and why? Who is observing or reacting? What is the setting? Go where the prompt leads!

In the post, Charli explained the prompt as being inspired by ‘the beautiful Ojibwe greeting of “aanii.” It means, “I see the light in you.”’ Charli suggested it was a great way to greet people, to see their light and avoid judging them. I imagined it as a saying shared by a family over generations. This is a different response from my recent playful  ones. I hope it works, nonetheless.

Gran’s Inside Light

Jamie squeezed his hands and clenched his knees, as if that might still his churning belly and stop his heavy heart from falling. Like recycled paper, his thoughts were all mushed up. They said Gran was sick. She mightn’t get better. What did that even mean? Gloom dragged his face into a frown.

“You can see her now,” said Mum. Jamie looked up, questioning. Mum simply nodded. Jamie tentative step-by-stepped, hopeful, fearful, step-by-step.

“Gran?” he whispered. Dull eyes flickered. This isn’t Gran. Gran’s eyes sparkled.

Jamie trembled. “Where’s Gran’s inside light?” Mum hugged him. “In you and everywhere now.”

I missed responding to Charli’s previous prompt due to lack of time and imagination. However, I decided to write a sequel to Gran’s Inside Light with that prompt in mind. The prompt was to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that expresses the idea, “for the water.” You can find inspiration in water protection movements. Is it a celebration or a dark dystopian warning? Consider your place and the bodies of water that have shaped you. Go where the prompt leads!

Gran’s Light

Jamie sniffled and wiped his face with his sleeve. He and Mum weren’t the only ones crying. Everyone at Gran’s graveside was crying. Even the umbrellas cried teardrops of rain that fell from darkened skies, as if the whole world was grieving his Gran. As the final words were spoken, the clouds parted to let the sun shine through and paint the biggest and brightest rainbow Jamie had ever seen. He squeezed his mother’s hand and pointed. “Look, Mum. There’s Gran’s light.” Everyone looked. Umbrellas were folded and smiles lit faces with joy remembering a life well-lived and loved.

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Thank you for reading. I appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts.

Note: The collection of stories made in response to the previous prompt For the Water can be read at the Carrot Ranch.

52 thoughts on “I See the Light in You #99WordStories

  1. Pingback: I See the Light in You Collection « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. roughwighting

    You just lit up my morning, Norah. What a beautiful two-post response about the light inside us all. I wish everyone realized that we are made up of energy and that our light is always there – inside us and then brightening around our loved ones. Fabulous response to the prompt.

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  3. Jules

    It is fortunate in the modern (or more modern era) that more family can see loved ones at their bedside… and funerals. There were too many of my loved ones where I could not be present (not even due to Covid)…

    I enjoyed both your stories. Love light is a treasure. Thank you.

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    1. Norah Post author

      It is an honour really, to be with someone during their last hours. No matter how difficult the journey, peace seems to follow.
      Thank you for your kind words about my stories.

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      1. Jules

        I once visit a dying woman I hardly knew… to give her own family a break. It reminded me of when I was at my own father’s hospital bed… though he chose to slip away when there wasn’t anyone there… *sigh*

        You are always welcome 🙂

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        1. Norah Post author

          Maybe that was his choice. I think my sister chose to leave when her children weren’t there, but I was always sad that they never got to see her after she passed. She looked far more beautiful and at peace then. I think it would have been a nicer memory.

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          1. Jules

            I think sometimes the Obits in the paper have both a younger version as well as a current image of the person…just for that reason. It might also be for some of those who only knew the person when they were younger… like a person in the service. But then some folks don’t have a local obit. I wanted to know more about my one neighbor and relative, but there was nothing local. So I just have to remember them when they were at their best.

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  4. Kate

    Deepak Chopra has a quote: There is a light within each of us that can never be diminished or extinguished. It can only be obscured by forgetting who we are.

    Your light shines brightly Norah. I join the chorus: these are two heartwarming and lovely stories.

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    1. Norah Post author

      What a gorgeous saying. Deepak Chopra blew me away when I first heard him speak about 30 years ago. I went to hear Wayne Dyer but fell in love with Deepak and read everything he wrote for a number of years. Probably haven’t read much this century but I’ve a stack of his books still on my shelf.
      Thank you for your kind words about the stories, Kate. I’m pleased you enjoyed them.

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  5. D. Wallace Peach

    A beautiful greeting, Norah. I had to look up the Objibwa pronunciation. What a lovely way to honor the soul in another person. And a beautiful story. The light living on in Jamie and the rainbow light in the sky were touching.

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