Carrot Ranch #FlashFiction ‘A Thousand Paper Cranes’ #99Words #SundayBlogShare

This post was written in response to Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch’s weekly #99 word Flash Fiction Challenge. This week’s prompt is to include ‘the charisma of cranes’ in the story. Check out other entries or take part yourself!

Miss Martinelli’s Present

We’ve come to see Miss Martinelli,’ said Sally.

‘I’m afraid, my daughter isn’t receiving visitors,’ Mrs Martinelli said, wiping her eyes.

Sally pointed to a group of children holding a chain made of coloured paper. ‘We’ve brought her a present.’

‘I don’t understand.’

‘Miss Martinelli is our art teacher. She taught us origami, so we’ve made a thousand paper cranes to decorate her room.’

‘How beautiful, but why?’

‘She told us about an ancient Japanese legend which says if you make a thousand paper cranes, the Gods will grant you a wish. We all wish her to come back.’

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I’m afraid I know nothing about cranes, so I looked them up, and the ancient Japanese legend inspired this sentimental flash. I know there are great teachers out there and fabulous students too.

More about this legend here.

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A summary of my conversation with my grandson who is very intrigued about these stories I have to write every Sunday!

‘So, granny, what’s our story about this week?’ My grandson asked me.

‘Cranes’ I replied and his face lit up.

‘Like the ones on my truck?’

He has various mechanical cranes, with and without trucks which he loves to play with.

‘No. A crane is also a type of bird.’

So I showed him some pictures on google images. We have lots of fun searching for information and pictures on google!

‘I know why he’s called a crane.’ Miguel nodded sagely.

“Really? Why?’ I asked him.

‘He stretches his neck, like a crane.’

I can’t fault his logic!

So here are two pictures I printed out for him to colour this week. The one below is his sister’s watercolour fish, painted a couple of weeks ago, but I love it.

Luccia’s #Gapp_Week 15th August @Gapp_Week Meet Manuel!

Here’s my new badge!

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Every Monday I’ll be telling you…

  • What am I GRATEFUL for?
  • What have I ACHIEVED? (Things I’ve done for myself)
  • What are am I PROUD of? (Things I’ve done for others)
  • What are my PLANS for next week?

 Sometimes there are unique and perfect moments in life when everything comes together; I’m grateful, have a sense of achievement, feel proud and have plans for the very same reason.

I’d like to introduce you all to my fourth grandson; Manuel

 Manuel

Just a day ago, he was safely tucked away in his mother’s womb!

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Today, I’m grateful for this wonderful experience of having him in my arms, or just watching him sleep.

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I feel a sense of achievement because I raised my family, including Manuel’s mother and auntie, in the picture below, to be loving, sensible and sensitive people.

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I’m proud of my contribution to making my daughter become the fabulous mother she is.

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I’m planning to watch Manuel and his brother and sister grow and help him to be the best version of himself possible.

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