We are so grateful for those who participated in November's 300 Words challenge. Kudos to those who took the time to say Thank You, starting with this opening line:
"My body buzzed with emotion as I reached for a fresh piece of paper, knowing this note of gratitude may well be the most important words I'd ever written ... "
My body buzzed with emotion as I reached for a fresh piece of paper, knowing this note of gratitude may well be the most important words I'd ever written ... Well, that was a bit over the top; I mean really … wouldn’t a simple thank you suffice? Was I over thinking this whole thing? Yes, Jimmy had picked up the rotten apples and beyond that, he had raked up the leaves without being asked, but the most important words ever? Sheesh.
Of course, I was angling to make Jimmy my future husband and I was trying to sell the ball and chain of a house that I’d inherited, and you had to agree that rotten apples didn’t add to curb appeal. So perhaps an argument could be made that maybe it was the most important “note of gratitude” ever.
Let’s backup. The house. I was grateful that my grandmother left me a falling down, paint-peeling, monstrosity of a house. I was grateful that the property taxes had just wiped out my savings. I was grateful that perhaps a quick sale might put me back in the black. But mostly, I was grateful that Jimmy Clarkson lived next door and he fancied girls with red hair. And he didn’t seem to like rotten red apples.
So, here I was sitting with a piece of my grandmother’s old-fashioned stationary in front of me, the beautiful old stationary with an embossed etching of the old house in the center. I wanted Jimmy to know that his new next door neighbor might be a temporary resident on Madison Street, but a possible full-time tenant of his heart. All that conveyed in a simple thank you. It was a little over the top.
With all the hustle and bustle of the season, December seems like the perfect time to take a little break from our 300 Words challenge. But if you're wondering what's on my wish list this year, I'd love a few suggestions for the prompts of 2017 from all of my lovely creative writer enewsletter friends (that's YOU!)! So if you're feeling inspired, please email me - Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org - a sentence or two to consider using in the next year's lineup. Happiest of holidays to you all!