Thursday, December 23, 2010

There she stands

This week I thought I'd give this a go. A bit of creative writing to get the juices flowing again.

This week's prompts are about 'remembering", with a Christmas theme, and this is the one I picked:

Share one, pure, shining memory, plucked from your mind like a bauble.

There she stands. Ten years old with a freckled face and long red hair. Her navy blue and white polka dot dress clinging slightly to her legs in the heat. She keeps glancing back at her mother who is leading the choir behind her. But she doesn't need any prompting. She knows the cue like the back of her hand.

She clutches her dress at the sides of her legs, pulling at it, and wishes the moment over. She loves to sing but doesn't know if she's any good. The music starts and she feels slightly sick. This is the moment.

She hears the cue and takes a breath, her voice trembling as she begins to sing the first lines of 'Mary's Boy Child'. Relief floods through her as the choir joins in in the second verse. The worst is over. Soon she can take her seat in the hard wooden pews with the prayers books and feel safe again.

And soon she can go home and open her presents under the Christmas tree with her sisters. That's what she's really looking forward to after all.


I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!

Hope it is a blessed time with your families

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10 comments:

Lyns said...

So well written - thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family. xx

Gail said...

I'm sure that 10 year old sang beautifully as well as courageously! Lovely memory Penny!

Sammy said...

You were the CUTEST little girl! Love u xx

Nikkey said...

Have such lovely memories of Mom and the choir and all those lovely carols and us singing them together...

tea said...

Love this! Such a sweet memory.
Merry Christmas!! <3

MNM's said...

I can so picture you in this memory :-) Just lovely. Merry Christmas!

Jen said...

Such a fabulous memory and beautifully written:) Happy Christmas to you too :) Jen

Jenny Blair said...

Hi Penny! Just wanted to pop over and say hello and a big thanks for joining in my giveaway! I'm loving your blog and your beautiful kiddywinkles...and oh to live in New Zealand...a dream of mine!! :)
Its lovely to meet you! Hope you and yours have a wonder-full christmas :)

Joni Llanora said...

How captivating! Merry Christmas! - a new follower

Dawn said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas...and best wishes for a brand new year!

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