Saturday, August 6, 2011

Saturday Centus - The Sunshine

Well, Miss Jenny has made it very easy on us this week ... the prompt is a very timely "You are my sunshine" and we get an additional 50 words plus the prompt words ... so that's 154 words!  I clocked in at 153.  We can also use a picture this week but i thought this story worked best without one ... I hope you can paint the picture in your mind...


“Gramma, Gramma,  listen to my new song” said the little girl …

“So young” she thought as she smiled down at the child.

“You are my sunshine ...”

As the song from the tiny child began, the scene in her sterile room seemed to fad away and she remembers …

Sitting on the floor, watching her momma sew her “sunshine” dress  humming the all too familiar refrain while she stitched …  bright yellow cotton with fancy white buttons, carefully picked out from the big button jar on the shelf, two rows of carefully sewn white rick rack along the bottom  She can feel the warm stickiness of the freshly oiled dirt road outside her home, hair in braids and the sun smiling on her skin.  Happy in her sunshine dress she stops to pick dandelions and wild daisies … and she journeys to the light … finding her way home.

I hope you enjoyed my little offering and please stop by my giveaway ... so easy to enter and the prize is quite fab if I do say so myself!

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Peace, love & paper everyone!

PS  ... I cheated ... well not really, i thought we had an extra 50 words ... you know, on top of the 100 we usually get ... so my entry really doesn't quite count ... sorry peeps!

18 comments:

Daydreamertoo said...

Children are always little rays of sunshine aren't they... well, unless they're spoiled brats and badly behaved then, of course...LOL
This is lovely. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm so glad you "cheated," because this piece is precious. I have warm memories of my mom sewing summery dresses for me and using rick rack for the trim. So, thank you, Jo!
xoRobyn

Dazee Dreamer said...

Good job. even tho you cheated. :)

Judie said...

Jo, I'm glad you cheated. This is a wonderful and sensitive offering. I can smell that oiled dirt.

beckyp said...

well wriiten I could picture that in my head even though you are a cheater j/k

Lynn Stevens said...

No picture needed for this one, It so reminded me of my Grandma, who used to sew my dresses and braid my hair. What great memories!
Who also found her way home so many years ago. I miss her so!
Well done Jo.
hugs Lynn

Ames said...

With the exception of the freshly oiled road, that could have been me. Thanks for taking me back.~Ames

jfb57 said...

Must say I got confused as to whether we had 154 or 54.

Love this piece though. I loved a yellow dress I had when i was small!

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

You painted a lovely picture in the grandmother's memory. Don't worry about cheating. I didn't even read the rules this week. Maybe Miss Jenny has two dunce caps for us?

cj Schottman said...

This sweet piece is so vivid that I can see the rick-rack, smell the dirt and see that precious little girl picking dandelions and daisies. This is great!

Namaste..........cj

Cheryl said...

Don't apologize, Jo. This is awesome. I know my grandparents all dreamed of days gone by when life was easier and so very innocent.

Sue said...

I interpreted the word count the same way, Jo. I thought I was a word under, but I was really many words over.

Nonetheless, this is a great Centus!

=)

Nonna Beach said...

Outstanding Jo !

Lovely and vivid...oh, the carefree days of childhood, so sweet and yet gone too soon !

Nonna Beach said...

BTW Jo, I did the same thing and wrote 150 words, then was corrected by Beckyp so I revised my offering for this week.

Bunny Jean said...

I enjoyed all the extra words!

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

xoxo Bunny Jean @ Bunny Jean's Decor and More!
www.BunnyJeansDecorAndMore.blogspot.com

Neni said...

sunshine dress, what a lovely phrase... :)
thanks for visiting my blog...

Anna said...

Dear Jo,
Thank you for your thoughts on my post.

This is a very sweet story. Glad that you misread the instructions!

Best wishes,
Anna

For the benefit of other readers:
Sanna's Sunshine SC Wk 66

If you have met my cat Sara, read her post about the letter "P":

P is for Presents - Sara Cat AT-rd-3-P

Jenny said...

The word confusion was totally my fault. I hope this weeks was easier to figure out. I think when I do these shake-ups I need to make it EASIER for everyone!

Sorry for that.

And now...

I have to say...

I LOVED THIS!

The feeling in this story really touched me. Love the visualization. I can see her skipping to school in that happy dress!