Charli Mills’ prompt this week is
January 26, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme, “women create.” It can be art, sewing, ideas, babies. What is at the heart of women as creators? Go where the prompt takes you.
My life has seen me surrounded by creative women, principally my mother and the Textiliste.
I am in awe of their productivity and persistence.
When the family had one TV and at most 3 channels, we all gathered around it of an evening.
Dad would intermittently sleep and debate with it, the Archaeologist would read and watch, seemingly able to absorb both media with equal felicity and mum would be buried under some project.
Mostly they involved yarn or cloth but occasionally there might be papier-mâché or printing, upholstery and metal work, cake making and vegetable preserving.
No one wrote. Not there – dad was the writer in residence but it was a private activity for him. So it fell to mum to be the creative role model.
Not a stitch rubbed off on me.
The Archaeologist is different.
He is far more practical as anyone following his blog will see as he tries to recreate items that might have been in use at the time Jane Austen bestrode Hampshire as the bebonnetted giant of his imagination.
Now it is the Textiliste and her many beautiful projects.
As readers may be aware, the modest woman prefers not to appear here but the prompt gives me the excuse to bedazzle you with some of her work. Hey, if anyone fits Charli’s prompt it is her.
For the flash, we are back, of course with the North family…
And On The Seventh Day…
‘Mum, are you a feminist?’
Mary titled her head. ‘Sure. Not the burning bra sort.’
Penny pulled a face. ‘Eww. You didn’t?’
‘No but your grandma might have.’ Mary shook her head. ‘We made posters once, and hats. Your grandma loved making things.’
‘What was the protest?’
‘Nuclear weapons. Seems a long time ago. I was ten. Grandpa stopped me going but grandma went. She cooked for the campers. At her happiest doing that. Creating.’
Paul looked up. ‘She was pretty good at creating a fuss too. A pacifist but never passive.’
‘Can I get a pussy hat, then?’
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