Saturday, November 13, 2010

Her Favorite Things


I'm taking Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus again, sharing the insanity with a crew of crazy writers who elect to add a hundred of our own words to Ms. Jenny's weekly prompt in an ongoing attempt to create petite stories that don't suffer from their strictly enforced brevity. The prompt is in red, and without further ado...

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Her Favorite Things

The early November sunshine cast golden rays across an array of exquisitely appointed packages, reclining in luxury on the bed. In a sense, they had taken up residence, and evicting them to accommodate Thanksgiving guests would not be easy. The poor dears looked so clean and comfortable there, and the Wrapper had grown accustomed to glancing in at them fondly every time she passed the open door. Imagining the colorful papers and carefully tied bows collecting dust in the attic was discomfiting, to say the least.

How vexing that gifts so lovely must make way for the people who would receive them. Whatever was this world coming to?

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28 comments:

Bookie said...

So perfectly captured here, the ghastly job of gifting...well done reminder to us all....

gautami tripathy said...

Well brought out...

echoeing parenthesis

Karen Mortensen said...

I agree. Good point and cleverly brought up.

Deborah said...

You wrote this so well, I know how the wrapper feels :o) brilliantly done!

Jess said...

Are you feeling vexed, Sue? I just wish I knew what to get for Christmas gifts, so I sort of envy your specific vexation right now!

5thsister said...

Ha. Vexed indeed. Now I am reminded that I had originally planned to have all that shopping done by Thanksgiving but did I? NO! And it's going to bite me when, next month, I'm among the mad throng out and about in search of that perfect gift.

On the other hand, I am also reminded of the joy I receive in simply wrapping these reminders of love for that special someone.

Viki said...

That's why I'm glad I don't have to buy many gifts this year. I hated to have to hide them when people came. I used to love just staring at all the pretty packages, LOL.

Sue said...

Actually, Jess, while this story was based on a glance at my daughter's bedroom with presents all over the bed, I actually share very few traits with this protagonist.

I am an impatient and unskilled wrapper (a bad combo!), and my packages are almost never lovely. Nor am I fonder of my packages than my people.

heehee

However, I AM a little vexed about having to get all this stuff hefted up to the attic somehow before everyone arrives for Thanksgiving!

;)

Darlene said...
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razzamadazzle said...

Wonderful writing in anticipation of the coming holidays.

Teresa

Anna said...

I used to help my parents with their Christmas celebrations and the presents for all of the grandchildren. There were alot of presents to pack! It was fun, but sometimes it got to be a little too much work when I ended up doing it alone. (No one else had the time.)

But now, with my own children, I am not sure how I am going to give them a happy Christmas. A lot of bad things happening in my offline-life. Have not succeeded in getting any kind of an extra job yet.
I know what my children would like Santa Claus to bring them, but I don't have the cash to buy these presents. Sure, I can make homemade things too. But that takes time. I look at the calender with dread, instead of the joy I always had for Christmas in my own childhood.
I don't understand how my parents did it when we were growing up.

A very thought-provoking Centus,
Good work!
Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's SC wk 28

Grandma Honey said...

I've decided something about you Sue. You will never get Alzheimer's. Your vocabulary is too large and diverse. Studies show now that those who use words like you do, don't usually get Alzs. Just thought I'd share that good news with you. :)

Ames said...

You should see my guest room now. It always becomes a dumping ground for gifts and wrapping paper, packing and postal supplies. It starts just before Thanksgiving too. Very good use of the prompt Sue!~Ames

karen said...

But... if they're all wrapped, why do you have to hide them? Can't you just stir the curiosity pot with their presence (presents)? This is from someone who is way too lazy to haul anything to the attic.

faith said...

I'm simply awful at wrapping. So thankful for gift bags! :) I enjoyed this.

Judie said...

Honey, I'll PAY YOU to wrap packages for me!! Great post!!

yaya said...

Yep, that's where my packages end up..on the spare bedroom bed...except I've moved the few I've collected to my room...which now is driving me crazy because they are in the way..but we're having guests too, so I'm stuck with 'em! Good for you for finishing up your shopping. Bad for you for finishing up your shopping!

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I'm just impressed that you've already shopped. This was very nice, Sue. I like your use of personification. I was really feeling for those poor gifts.
xoRobyn

jfb57 said...

Do you know, I've felt the same when I've taken a lot of care over a parcel! Interesting piece!

My name is PJ. said...

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I do believe I just woke up everyone in my house, laughing! I identify completely! You kill me!!

Kat said...

Sue, this made me laugh out loud. Especially after reading your prior post. Are they ALL wrapped? tee hee! Great use of the prompt. Kat (and I can't believe that you are done shopping!)

Donna said...

I LOVE to wrap gifts elaborately and all the holiday cheer that goes with them. This year I have a start on shopping and NEED to wrap deperately but alas, no TIME!! Busy babsitting a little guy who just wants to be held and so that is the priority right now....hope they get done by Xmas!!! Your descriptions are FABULOUS!!! Good peice!!

Tgoette said...

Wonderful job, Sue! There is an easy solution, though. Gift cards! LOL! I loved your take on the prompt this week! So creative!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Well done!
These days with tiny little hands around, I have rarely wrapped a gift that hasn't been discovered and unwrapped within the same day. :/ My new game plan includes minimal wrapping and lots of hiding gifts around the house! :)

Jackie said...

This is so well written. How fun to read!

cj Schlottman said...

Sue, Very creative as usual, and you know how much I appreciate your way with words!

(Thanks for reminding me that I haven't even started wrapping. Far from finished shopping)!

Thanks for another good one...cj

Tina said...

I love to wrap gifts, especially in unique ways. I don't love cleaning up the mess I make...nice use of this week's prompt!

Jenny said...

Wow. This was amazing. You constantly make me think of ways to stretch my writing muscles...too bad that doesn't count as aerobic exercise.

This twist on the viewpoint for the prompt was really neat, Sue!

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