I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
I’ve been wanting to participate in the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenges, so here I go for my first try. This week’s challenge is to “in 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that is a snapshot of spring.”
My entry is exactly 99 words, but I don’t think it really counts as a story; it’s not even a complete scene, just a snippet of an everyday conversation. But hey, I’m new to flash fiction and the Carrot Ranch challenges, so maybe they’ll give me a break. (I don’t think there’s really a judging process or anything—I’m just saying.)
In my little “story,” the character Julia expresses how I’m feeling about spring this year. But let me add that I do truly and even deeply appreciate the flowers and blossoms, the new green everywhere, and the warmer, perfumed air. Still, between pollen and projects, I’m really ready for summer!
The Downside of Spring
Julia and her neighbor, Mae, were talking outside over the hum of a nearby lawnmower and the flurry of birds and squirrels on their evening hunts.
Mae plucked a pink blossom off her crab apple tree. “I love spring,” she said.
Julia shook her head. “I used to. Now, I’d trade color for calm. Spring is too busy—in winter and summer things are more settled and relaxed. Even fall is cozy. But spring is too much work.”
Mae shrugged. “The grass is always greener on the other side.”
“No,” said Julia, “the grass needs to be mowed.”