Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Centus #12 Going Home




Driving six hours is a long time on the road. Six hours spent singing car-aoke and taking in the picturesque scenery, but mostly reminiscing about the good times. But those days were long gone and my mind was in a different place now. Or was it? My pulse quickened as I passed the road sign which read "Medford 27 miles."
Despite what I'd been through, the thought of my cozy room at my Grandmother's house made me smile. But it's not easy going home again. Not when you left with high hopes, big dreams, and return penniless, and barely hanging on to your hard-fought sanity. I take the turn to Bedford, and despite my misgivings, I find another smile. This town that I grew up in, where my sweet Grandma was my mother from the age of 3, hasn't changed much in twenty years. And then I'm there. She's on the front porch. “Welcome home, honey!” “Hi Gram!”

This is Saturday Centus, and once again I'm trying to contain my verbosity to 100 words past the prompt.  If you'd like more info, please visit Ms. Jenny Matlock at "off on my tangent" for the full rules and more great takes on this prompt, which was in bold italics above.

19 comments:

Malisa said...

Very sweet! Isn't it strange how certain towns can actually put smiles on our faces? Is it the town or those wonderful people that make the town special? I enjoyed your post!

Malisa

Brian Miller said...

nice. sweet end...gramma's have the most amazing smiles....cant wait for tomorrow! smiles.

Bookie said...

A Happy Centus! :)

Terra said...

Oh so sweet, I thought of my own girls heading to their Grandma's what a wonderful thought.

Vicki said...

Sounds like an Awesome Gram ...
This touched the heart :)

Viki said...

I LOVED this. Grandma's don't care, they just love you unconditionally. GOOD JOB.

June Freaking Cleaver said...

I hope I, as a Grandma, can offer that type of comfort someday!

Tgoette said...

This was really terrific! Excellent take on the prompt. I could at first sense the feeling of defeat and then the welcoming smile of grandma! You really nailed it this week! Great job!

5thsister said...

Aw...very sweet! I loved what you did with the prompt. Nice!

Kat_RN said...

You sure put a lot into 100 words. Great job!
Kat

My name is PJ. said...

I ran the emotional gambit with your main character. We can all identify with aiming high and falling flat. But the warm hug of a grandmother is so healing. Great job!

Kat said...

I loved this! Home is where they have to take you in :) I can see the grandmother's smile and feel that warm, enveloping hug that let's you know everything is going to be ok. Beautifully written. Kat

cj Schlottman said...

Yeah! This one has a happy ending and exudes loving excitement about your character's grandmother. Well done!

Thanks for this one..........cj

Life@Cee said...

I could feel the anticpation of your character of going home and retreating to her cozy room. A wonderful thing about grandmas is that they greet us before we get into the house. They're waiting for us on the front porch...
Cee

purejoy said...

awww… i felt like gramm forgot someone. i was right there in the front seat with you. quietly letting the miles pass by because i knew you were deep in thought of the prospect of returning home. i got out of the car and was walking up right behind you, and as i stood beside you, i wondered why she didn't say hi to me, too.
thanks for taking me to medford. it was a lovely drive.

otin said...

My parents jumped around so much that it really is not possible for me to go home again!

Cheryl said...

Sweet one. Nice change of pace from the others I've read.

Jenny said...

I really like this. This type of writing is always so thought and memory provoking for me.

I think I love Gramm.

And I think I love your writing.

Thank you for linking.

Tina said...

aww i can just imagine gram standing in the doorway so proud to have you home.

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