Perfect Family Tales And Other Trivia

The art of the short-story writer is that of the cartoonist. It is the magical craft of creating entire worlds with a few simple strokes of a pen. Tales told by an idiot? Maybe! But my tales are also a mix of reality and fantasy; truth and lies; some based on my own family; others, not. Readers must guess which characters are real; who are inventions - and who are an amalgam of both. Please draw the boundaries for yourself.

Monday, 8 October 2012

‘A Piece Of Fruit – And A Kiss On The Head’

A piece of fruit and a kiss on the head. Grandma Sophie stooped and smiled.

This is an evaluation image and is Copyright Fred W Voetsch. Do not publish without acquiring a license. Image number: 0001-0604-0312-0014. better to say ‘goodbye’ - once times five?



A single farewell -  five tiny cherries. A growing  crop from too many passions.

A banana for Will. May had an apple,  Judith a plum. For Frank and George? A pear and a peach. Sophie sowed fruits and kisses. One of both. Each. But she wouldn’t see her seedlings grow.

“Please be good,”  she begged as she blew away, never to be seen again.

Then Grandpa Hymie  cut his shirt, sat on a stool and wept for a week.  They do that in Jewish homes when someone passes.

“What happened?”, asked Abe, his friend next door.

“My love and trust died on Tuesday. Sophie stole them both.  I didn’t mind the kissing and sharing. But she should have asked me first!”


Natalie Wood

(Copyright, Natalie Irene Wood – 08 October 2012)

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