Each month receive a short story focused on the themes of beauty, healing and hope.
This month you can purchase September's story: Grandmother's Garden.
Grandmother has two gardens, one in front that is well tended and one in back that is wild. Grandma is the strongest influence of Connie's childhood. Connie's parents see her as willful while her grandma enforces rules, although also providing a safe space for Connie's imagination. Years later, when Connie purchases a home with a neglected garden, she realizes she has inherited her grandma's green thumb. She and her son restore the garden and come up with an idea to help their community.
In the photograph, she reaches up to pluck a flower, tearing it from the arching green tangling over the white trellis. Sunlight glints off her gold-rimmed glasses and her dark hair, graying at the temples, is crimped back from her face in waves. Her right arm reaches up as she holds a bouquet of fresh flowers in her left. Her simple cotton dress does not reveal her slender figure despite the belt into which she had tucked a handkerchief and cotton gardening gloves. The length is modestly over her knees and her practical sturdy shoes are planted firmly on the strip of sidewalk that runs through the trellis. Behind her, the garden breathes color in lush abundance, although the photograph is black and white. She does not smile. In the several dozen photographs scrambled in a box, few show Elisa smiling. Under a prominent nose her thin lips curve into a smile of pleasure only when she sits beside her daughter, her golden girl, the one she lived for, Connie's mother, Marilyn.
Connie sifts through these photographs like shuffling a deck of cards to find her fortune. Only rather than the future, it is the past she wants illuminated. How Grandma avoided scandal even though she bore a child out of wedlock.
October: Healing Stones
December: Mala Suerte
January: Messages Left on Skin
February: Yoga in Puerto Vallarta
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I hope you enjoy this story. Be sure to go to my website to learn more about my work, including online courses Heal the Heart by Writing and Writing Thru Grief and upcoming Zoom workshops. Blessings, Wendy
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