Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friday 55

Can you write a story in 55 words? I bet you can. And when you do, make sure you let the G-Man know you came to play.

He was the first man in her life.
Well, not counting male relatives.

His name was Ele.

Ele was attentive. Always listened.
They went everywhere together.
Outdoor events.
Afternoon tea.
Best of all, he made her laugh.

And even though he’d retired one day,
she’d kept him around.

Why? Because Ele still made her smile.

Sitting in the Sun with Ele the Elephant.

Afternoon Tea

Giggling towards sweet dreams

And yes, I really do still have him.
He's napping in my hope chest.
Perhaps he'll make an appearance here on Valentine's Day.


mapstew said...

My 'babies' all still have their 'friends', raggedy, torn, and loved to sweet heaven!

(The youngest can barely be seen for the abundance of 'friends' about her bed!) :¬)


Nessa said...

Such a sweet story and the pictures are wonderful.

A New Old Fairy Tale

steven said...

hope that was clever and wonderful all rolled into 55!!! you're so talented! steven

Monkey Man said...

This is so cute. What a great way to share a piece of you. My 55 is HERE.

Anonymous said...

How cool is that. I don't have anything from my youth. Great 55 my friend :)

Rebecca said...

That was lovely. Especially the photographs. I'm never very good at these word limit things, although I suppose it's a little like poetry in that an idea is condensed down to the root of the matter...

Susan said...

I still have my bear. Never named him though.

I’m up right HERE

Brian Miller said...

how cute. i still have mt teddy...he was a panda. gave him to my boys...wonderful 55.

mine is up!

anthonynorth said...

Lovely feelgood 55.
You'll find mine here.

Enchanted Oak said...

Oh, so cute!!! How wonderful you still have him!

Mona said...

Awww! That is the sweetest 55ve of today!

Titus said...

Oh, the words are great but the photographs are just priceless!

Is that really you in the last one with a matching night-cap on?!
Wee Willie Winkie or what?

Fabulous stuff that really made me smile.

hope said...

Map, I realized while looking at one picture that the "Three Bears" are in the hope chest too! See, we ladies do learn to love at an early age...and we hold on to what we love. :)

Thanks Nessa. Sometimes the world needs a dose of silly childhood.

steven, you'll make my ego expand with such talk! But ego thanks you too.

Thanks Monkey Man...I'll be reading you soon!

Oh come on Thom, you do have something from your youth...YOU! ;)

Rebecca, as Queen of "What do you mean 500 words or LESS?!", this was a challenge I had to learn to embrace. And now it's addictive and fun! Try it!

Susan, I guess some kids just love their toys, with or without names. :)

Brian, that is so cool! And I bet those boys love him even more because he was Dad's.

Thanks anthonynorth: I'll be reading you folks on Saturday!

Enchantedoak it's nice to have a piece of childhood still around...even if Mom did have to do "plastic surgery" on him when I was a kid to keep him together.

Thanks Mona...and how are you doing? I've visited your blog several times since your sad news. Still thinking about you.

Titus, yes I fear it's true. :) And at one point, even Ele had a matching nightcap!

Eryl Shields said...

What an adorable little girl you were, Hope, and what a true story.

Nishant said...

Such a sweet story and the pictures are wonderful.

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g-man said...

God I LOVE Retro 55's.
AND with pics!!!
You Rock the World Hope..
Thank you for this little treasure, and please have a Wonderful Week-End...G-Daddy

hope said...

Thanks Eryl! I often wonder if wearing all those little dresses made me turn against them as an adult? :) Then again, maybe it was the gene for fat ankles.

G-Man, life's no fun if you can't torture people with an old photo show from time to time. :)

Peter Stone said...

That's a heart warming 55, and the photos the perfect illustration.
Have you seen the children's book, 'My Friend Harry,' I think you'll love it...

Doctor FTSE said...

Lovely story, with a lovely surprise. And charming pictures. Thank you

Susan at Stony River said...

Aaaww! I wish my kids had found favourite friends -- none of them ever did. But I love your illustrated story, so cute!