Flash Narrative: What’s in the Wind

This week’s flash narrative is from Hattie’s last diary volume, January 1 – June 2, 1957, written when she was 76 years old, the year before her death. On July 6th of 1957, part of her foot was amputated, probably the result of both diabetes and poor circulation from a poorly healed injury that occurred when she fell down a toilet hole 25 years earlier. For more information regarding Flash Narratives, go here .


Saturday, January 12, 1957: What’s in the Wind

Will isn’t speaking. I wish I could tell him what’s in the wind. He started cleaning the floors and wanted to do the front room, but I have my papers in here and so much writing and income tax report work to do, so I asked him just to get the bad spots, and when I’m finished, we’ll get all the dust and clean nicely.

“I’ll never clean the front room again, then,” is what he said in a huff as he took his broom to the porch. I haven’t heard a word from him since, and that was over two hours ago.

He feels terribly abused these days.

He doesn’t know about the surprise the neighbors plan on him and me for our thirty-ninth wedding anniversary. The only reason Mrs. Abbott and Frankie told me was so that we could get the house ready, but Will doesn’t know, and I aim for him not to know. He thinks some people are coming over for Frankie’s birthday, so he isn’t one bit excited about all of our cooking and baking. This morning I got up at seven to cook an old hen in the pressure cooker, then I scraped the meat off the bones for dressing. Frankie and I made two roaster pans of homemade bread, cubed the sweet potatoes and fried the sausage. Yesterday Frankie made four cherry pies and four pumpkin and one apple and, for me, one plum with Sucaryl.

Yesterday the last of our Christmas orders arrived in the mail. Will and I are very poor gift shoppers, but we got such nice things from others this year, a magazine rack and smoker’s stand, suspenders and handkerchiefs and a bath towel set and, from Abbotts, a dressed duck. Were we ever glad! Next year I’m going to start planning and shopping on the Fourth of July, so that I’m ready.

Will appears and is speaking again. “I finished the kitchen and pantry,” he says, pie crumbs trailing down his chin.

Sucaryl ad
Image credit: SenseiAlan, 1956 Sucaryl Advertisement Readers Digest December 1956, CC BY 2.0

 

12 thoughts on “Flash Narrative: What’s in the Wind

    • Thank you, Kelsey! At first I wasn’t sure how to end it, and then I realized that in the original entry, Hattie had written that Will ate half a pumpkin pie for lunch. 😉

  1. So well done, Lisa. I always like your last line! And the picture, is it an old commercial? What a wonderful way you have found to tell people stories and history at the same time.
    ~Solveig, Oslo~

    PS! When is the book about Aunt Hattie to be published? 😉

    http://zolh2011.wordpress.com/

    • Thank you! Yes, the picture is an old magazine ad (I just love those). I’m working away on Aunt Hattie’s book… she does her part by playing the muse. 🙂

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