Do you ever wake in the middle of the night and your brain decides that’s the best time to be creative?
I’ve been awake since 2 A.M. (thanks, cat), and I finally got up at 4:00 after chewing on an idea for this week’s 99-word flash piece in response to the following prompt, courtesy of Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a rock in the road. It can be physical, adding to a plot twist, or it can be metaphorical for a barrier or hardship.
Before I get to the story, I want to add that Charli (the founder of Carrot Ranch) has set up a wish list on Amazon to help a family getting back on their feet after a bout of homelessness (click here to see the list). To read the full story of this family, click on the Carrot Ranch link. It may give you a new perspective on homelessness. I plan to go shopping from the list as soon as I finish publishing this post.
And now, to the story!
Dancing on Rocks
“There.” I tighten the band securing my daughter’s hair. “You excited for your first day?”
“Yeah!” She hops down from the stool. “Mrs. B. said a new school means new friends.”
“Well,” I kiss her nose, “I’m happy you’re happy. Now hurry, or you’ll miss the bus.”
Smiling, she hoists on her backpack and skips out the door.
I watch her head to the corner. She’s twirling.
I laugh. I’d worried how she’d adjust to a new school after hers closed.
I’d worried needlessly. Some people let rocks in the road stop them.
My baby girl dances on hers.