Hands resting gently against the frail body. Every so often fingers come to life. Flitting in the air mimicking thoughts of birds, butterflies and making a point. Settling once more in the aged lap until the story needs their tiny bit of exuberance. No more are they raw and ripped from the daily chores of scrubbing floors, wringing out the laundry and pulling weeds. These hands of time have experienced many lives and now they spend their days reminiscing and playing out the memories. They have become props for the mind of one who remembers but does not see.
Tradition versus tradition with a twist. Either way, family recipes get a taste test with every generation. The recipes that took forever to prepare and bake are considered to be the only recipe that should be made. Yet, in our family, tradition has been changed and our Carrot Cake has become a one bowl affair (other than the icing). We have shared this new twist on family tradition in our From Our Home To Yours: Cakes & Squares.
“It’s carrot cake.”
“No, it’s not.”
“Yes, it is. I can’t for the life of me see why you can’t accept that IT IS CARROT CAKE!”
“BECAUSE IT’S NOT! You don’t make it like my Gran did, so it can’t be carrot cake.”
“Just because I don’t spend hours grating carrots and I ice mine with cream cheese icing, doesn’t mean it’s not carrot cake.”
“Well, it’s not. She didn’t spend hours and hours making her cake.”
“Just taste mine. I think you’ll see what I mean.”
“I won’t like it.”
“Maybe it’s not bad, I guess.”
“Come quick, Maggie. I told you they were still around.”
“Where, Grandpa, where? I don’t see anything.”
“You have to look really close, across the field, near the far corner.”
“I don’t see anything! Show me, show me. I don’t want to miss it. Summer’s almost over and you said you have only seen them in August.”
“Oh, there were a few in September, once.”
“I still can’t see it.”
“It’s over there, beside the willow bush.”
“Grandpa! That’s a cob of corn!”
“Yup, I told you, a uni-corn. One cob of corn left to harvest.”
Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Prompt - February 22, 2018 - Write a story about a unicorn.
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