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100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week #43

May 24, 2012

The Match

….the flame flickered before….

Long before we started to save the planet; and trying not to sound like an old Monty Python joke, my mother was a dab hand at using a single match economically.  This was not possible without her womanly skills as multitasker. She could light the fire and the Aladdin Mantle Lamp and return its glass cover in the sitting room. Then, ignite the primus stove in the kitchen, returning to the fireside where my father would be listening to the weather forecast on the radio, to light his cigarette as the flame flickered before it went out.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Suzanne Elvidge permalink
    May 24, 2012 9:05 am

    Like this – and have passed the challenge on to my writers’ group

  2. May 24, 2012 10:18 am

    And I can’t even light a couple of candles without burning my fingers. Nice one.

  3. May 24, 2012 11:58 am

    Excellent use of the prompt.

  4. May 24, 2012 6:22 pm

    Good one; love the realness of this piece.

  5. May 25, 2012 9:40 am

    I could see her going about and doing this.
    Very nice …

  6. May 27, 2012 10:46 pm

    I like the use of the phrase at the end of the sentence.

  7. May 29, 2012 7:15 am

    I love the “long before we started to save the planet” idea. It’s true the generations before us were much more economical than we are…

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