Golden Onions #99WordStories

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a golden onion. Any golden onion. One planted or harvested. An onion chopped for a meal. How can you use an onion as a prop in a character’s hand? Go where the prompt leads!

In her post, Charli used the analogy of a golden onion for writers as peeling back the layers to find the essence of who we really are as writers, what we write and who reads our work.

I write under a few different hats and I’m not sure any fits quite as well as I’d like. I’m a freelance educational writer, a blogger, an aspiring children’s author and a would-be dreamer of other things too. Too many possibilities. Not enough time.

I generally, but not always, use Charli’s prompts to write about children or to explore situations that may spark an idea for a story for children. I’m always pleased that Charli says, as she reiterated in the current post, that the ‘Carrot Ranch is a place to play, practice, and grow (or peel) your onion’. While Carrot Ranch readers may not be children, they once were (or maybe still are at heart, like me) and some are teachers and parents. I hope my stories speak the child that was or about a child that is.

Thank you for your patience in reading my stories. Here is my response to this week’s prompt ‘Golden Onions’.

No Trust

Jamie was an explorer. He had to find out for himself. ‘No’ was an answer he couldn’t trust. Did it mean, ‘You really shouldn’t” or ‘Of course, go ahead’?

Sometimes he discovered forbidden delights. Like the tiny brown squares Mum hid, saying, ‘No, Jamie. You won’t like it.’ He found he really did. A lot!

Sometimes he discovered the hard way. Like when Dad was cooking and said, ‘Don’t touch. It’s hot.” He found that hot hurts.

When Mum peeled a golden shell off a white ball, she said, ‘No. You won’t like it.’ Should he trust her?


Thank you blog post

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

Note: The collection of stories made in response to the previous prompt A Smear of Jam, including mine, can be read at the Carrot Ranch.

25 thoughts on “Golden Onions #99WordStories

  1. Jules

    Sone sweet oinions… I’ve known folks to eat like apples. But Golden Onions can be sharp – even after being cooked. We had some spicy pickled onions last night at a resturant. Like garlic… as long as everyone else has some!! 😀

    I think having a curious nature is a good thing… but small steps is often a good rule when trying new foods. At the resturant each dish was cooked to your choice of hot from 0-10. We debated on weather the 6 dish was actually higher than the 10 that was ordered.

    A very good story from your Writer’s and Educator’s Caps 😀

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, Jules.
      Your story of small steps reminded me of something similar in my family. After one of my brothers graduated from university (many years ago) my parents and some of my siblings went to an Indian restaurant to celebrate. One brother and I ordered a (very) mild prawn dish and neither of us could eat it as it was too hot. My father, on the other hand, kept asking for more chilli for his meal. They couldn’t make it too hot. He enjoyed his meal, but he paid for it in another way on the the way home (so did the others travelling with him 😂😂😂).
      As I don’t have a liking for hot food, I have never cooked any. Interestingly, both my children have developed a taste for hot since leaving home. My son is a bit like my father – the hotter the better. 😂


      1. Jules

        Sometimes I’ll make salsa for my hubby… but for the whole jar I’ll only add about 6 slices of the jarred spicy peppers. I like flavorful food. Hot sometimes takes the flavor away. 🙂

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      1. robbiesinspiration

        I sent you a DM via Messenger on FB because I can’t find your email. I would like to feature you and your children’s books for my April Growing Bookworms post. Could you email me if you are interested? I can’t find your email address.

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  3. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    Norah, this is another delight. Jamie strikes me as a very busy boy with a busy mind. This onion is providing him with another golden opportunity for exploration and learning. I wonder what opinions he will hold for onions after his explorations.

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