Here is my entry to the Spring Fling Contest (the rules are to write a Spring inspired kids’ story in 150 words and add an accompanying gif):
GRANDAD’S BURNT TOAST (150 words)
Grandad’s home always smells of burnt toast, and today is no different.
But today he’s not here, and that is different.
We’re putting Grandad’s belongings into boxes.
Mum says I can choose something special to remember him by.
I can’t see anything special though, just Grandad’s old stuff…
In the living room, I find Grandad’s globe.
I remember him showing me the faraway places he’d been.
In the bedroom, I find Grandad’s blanket.
I remember him wrapping me up to look at the stars.
In the kitchen, I find Grandad’s scales.
I remember him weighing ingredients as we baked.
In the garden, I find a butterfly.
I remember Grandad saying butterflies made him think of Grandma.
I watch it flit through the spring blossom…
Until another one appears and they flutter away together.
Inside, Mum asks if I’ve chosen something special.
“Yes,” I say…
“I’ve chosen Grandad’s favourite toast rack.”
(gif location: https://wifflegif.com/gifs/167451-beautiful-butterfly-gif)
Update – the contest results have just been announced and I’m pleased to say I got an honourable mention for my entry!