Today’s positive…..the encouragement, support and inspiration from our local writers meeting always leaves me on a high.
Short story written for competition. Only prompt was this picture had to be the opening scene. Didn’t win , but I loved writing the story
‘Is that a chip?’ Moira thinks out loud leaning across to pick up the sparkling wine glass. The table is set with luxurious silver ware, sparkling glasses and perfume rich flowers from the garden. Ready for her distinguished guests.
‘Oh damn, I am down to the last of my mother’s best set. Must be more careful when I clean them. I cannot replace them,’ Moira thinks to herself.
Dinner is ready and the smell of roast turkey with all the trimmings is wafting from the kitchen.
‘Hope there is enough this year for all of us. They come hungry and dig in like it’s their last meal. For some it may be,’ Moira fights back a lonely tear making its way down her cheek.
‘Must be happy and grateful tonight. It is Thanksgiving Day’ She reminds herself and puts on some cheery music, trying to fight back the memory of 3 years back.
The doorbell rings twice and Moira opens to greet all her guests. They come together all dressed in their best Sunday suits and dresses.
‘Thank you for inviting us again Moira. How have you been?’ Frank asks as he leads the group into Moira’s dining room. His face weather-beaten and red from too much alcohol over the years and his suit worn and frayed at the ends.
Moira smiles without answering. They all know.
‘So good to see you all’ Moira announces noticing Lily admiring the silverware running her finger across the smooth lines. Lily is wearing a long 70s dress in silver herself. Her unwashed hair has been brushed. She looks almost attractive if not for the dark sunken eyes and bruises on her arms.
‘What’s for dinner Moira?’ Tom asks as he sits himself next to Moira. The hungry one, Tom is. Also the youngest at barely 24. He joined in the annual dinner last year invited by Tammy after Dave left the city.
‘Just vanished one day,’ Tammy told them all ‘no farewell, just took his few belongings and left,’
‘We are going to have Roast Turkey Tom, hope you all like it. I have tried a new stuffing this year,’ Moira tells them all.
‘I liked the old stuffing’ Gary quips up looking frightened. He doesn’t like change. Has never moved from his tiny place in the city.
‘You will love this one too Gary’ Moira reassures him patting his shoulder as she gets up.
‘Tammy and Tom, please help me,’
The young couple jump up eager to help, hoping to grab a morsel before the others.
Trays of food is brought in and placed on the table to the hum of appreciative noises. Moira looks at her guests; their eyes shining and their mouths eagerly smiling in anticipation.
Her rich and colourful family from the city streets gracing her home once again. They are her family now, her only family. They all help each other on this often lonely Thanksgiving evening.
‘Thank you all for joining me; enjoy your dinner,’
Today’s positive….working at our local store today and then from home in afternoon. No commute and a relaxing peaceful day. Great way to finish the week.
Today’s positive….my daughter having her calf tattoo redone. May sound like an odd positive, but to me it shows self love and self acceptance. She regretted it in her twenties and tried hiding it and lazering it away. Now she has finally accepted it and owns it as part of her. I love her for that.
Today’s positive…..participating in my first yoga class in over 3 years tonight. Unable to do join in classes for such a long time due to the frustrating condition of frozen shoulders, i am finally able to move enough to do yoga. So good to be back
Today’s positive…..feedback on my novel from a prospective editor “Your story has a some good opening hooks”. Made my day 🙂
Today’s positive….getting a number of replies on twitter re finding an editor for my manuscript. In fact, I have to say twitter is proving a lot more helpful in building a writer platform than I expected.
Are you on twitter? How do you find it?
You can connect with me via @GallaherSal
Today’s positive…..a morning outing into the city to check out photo exhibition Girt by Sea.
Enjoyed the train ride (time to read) and the walk from Central station to Paddington. Exhibition was AMAZING. Check out the link below.
Brunch after in a cool bakery cafe transported me to France.
Nothing like a Sunday adventure. Love my city
Today’s positive….after a somewhat down start to the day feeling a bit lonely. You know when everyone else seem to be busy doing interesting things and you have nothing planned looking down the barrel of a full day by yourself.
But after house clean, gym, leisurely coffee, grocery shop, content planning for our festival site, couple of queries sent off to editors, novel formatting and finishing current book The Outsider…..I feel relaxed and at peace tonight. Sometimes a day spent being productive puts a smile on your dial
Today’s positive….receiving a messenger text from my youngest daughter just saying “I miss u”
Its often those little gestures of love that make you smile and feed your soul. Needless to say I am missing her like crazy too.