Charli Mills has been away a while, putting the Carrot Ranch into a new mobile home, but is back with a new prompt.
June 22, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about home. What is it? How does it impact a character? Explore the idea of home from any spark that creates a story.
This is an odd old time. I’m writing this the day after the world jolted on its axis and we’ve voted to leave the EU. It was a clear vote, more so for England if you take out the Scottish vote.
The spread shows cities voting to stay in and the non metropolitan areas saying they want a different way. England, Britain is my home as much as the building I sit in.
I am stunned but I cannot ignore the fact there are millions who want a change. No one knows how it will pan out but, like a shock within the home – when someone brings you an unpleasant surprise – a death or serious illness, a divorce, an unwanted pregnancy, whatever – you get up, dust yourself off and work out what you can do for the best, to make sure those for whom home is a secure place are supported, helped and included.
Part of me, yesterday, felt like saying ‘Ok, you’ve done this, sort it out’ but that’s the way of the coward, the shallow.
No, up we get, it’s a new day and we will get on with the new paradigm and make the most of it. I’m just not sure how or in what way. Yet.
After all, in my little corner of England, today it is really rather beautiful and whoever is in charge isn’t going to stop my garden growing. And the residents seem to be much the same, irrelevant of the vote..
As for the flash prompt, well how does Mary feel, now everything is changing?
‘Mum, what does it mean? Are we going to leave?’
‘I don’t know, Penny. I didn’t think it would come to this. We’ll just have to be stay calm. But don’t worry. It is not something you need to worry about.’
‘Mum, you said we’d stay, we’d be alright.’
‘Our landlords changed their minds. We have to leave.’
‘It’s not fair. It’s our home.’
‘No, it isn’t fair, but it’s a chance to do something different. We have each other. And our home is where we are, where are hearts are. That’s what makes us strong. We’ll be fine.’
If you want to catch up on Mary’s story, click here