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Happy Mother’s Day!

Today’s prompt . . .

A Mother’s Love.

Happy Mother’s Day to mums everywhere 🙂

Taste test

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“Would you like a scone?” I asked Rod, a couple of days ago.

“Scone? You don’t make scones,” he replied.

“Why not?”

“You always say you can’t make scones.”

In fact, what I’ve always said is that I can’t make scones as well as my mother. I can make them, I do make them (someone’s memory is very selective!) but the quality varies, while I grew up eating Mum’s scones which were always perfect.

A few years ago I entered a poem in a competition. It was short-listed and I was invited along to the presentation day. Before she announced the winner, the judge spoke about each poem on the short-list. She was quite complimentary about my effort but it was clear she had a completely different idea about just what it was about, even though it wasn’t particularly abstract and had several lines contradicting the judge’s assessment. It didn’t win and I have to admit my pride in being short-listed was somewhat eroded by the judge’s misinterpretation.

Stories and poems mean different things to different people but sometimes no matter what is said, the reader, will only half read the words and miss the point 😦

And the scones? Not too bad . . . not as good as Mum used to make but quite presentable 🙂

Wrinkles

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Today’s prompt…

Not my favourite appliance 😦  but I did meet one woman a few years ago who said she used ironing time to think up story plots or poems. I’m afraid mine would be very dark and gloomy!

I mostly use my iron for smoothing out fabric for patchwork but my grandmother used to even iron her sheets. Many things were starched, then sprinkled with a few drops of water to create steam. I still have her flat iron and a tiny child’s size one and was always thrilled when I was very young to be allowed to use them after the main ironing had been done, to iron the handkerchiefs. Although my Mum never ironed sheets, her ironing was always perfect too, unlike mine which is more like iron-out-two-creases-iron-a-new-one-in! When my children were young and Mum came to visit she would often ask Anything I can do to help? Any ironing?   Gladly 🙂

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