My dear readers, I’m afraid I’ve been a bit out of commission of late. I had an ulcer burst through my duodenum, (which I didn’t realize I even had one of those, so imagine my surprise when it was causing such trouble!). So I’ve been at the hospital under the not-so-gentle ministrations of laudanum. I found coherent thoughts a commodity, so I didn’t write for the last two weeks. (GASP) (However, I did have some Dali-like hallucinations and some vivid, wacky dreams…) 

However, Charli Mills at https://carrotranch.com has a perfect prompt to get the creative juices flowing again. “In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about old world charm. It can be nostalgic or irreverent. You can invent an “old world,” return to migrant roots or recall ancient times. Go where the prompt leads you!”

Below is my 99 word offering. Why don’t you participate, too? I’d love to see where the prompt leads you! (Let me know if you do, please.)

 

Celebration

Written by Kerry E.B. Black

 

With a pomp of woodwinds, the children joined the parade about town, welcoming everyone to join. Ribbons swirled from braids in the little girls’ hair. Embroidered flowers festooned hems and lines of traditional garb. Traditional foods perfumed the air, available for the sampling. The celebration swept everyone up with its joy. The world bloomed, the earth produced, and people created beauty to compliment nature. Peace, not protest. Harmony, not war. For the brief span of an afternoon, the community embraced the simplicity of existence. Unity in expression, inclusion of all. People paused to admire the beauty in one another.