Dressmaking was a family tradition and her grandmother had taught her all she knew, but rarely had she got the time to make something for herself.
She’d made her daughter’s wedding dress and then lots of things for her own granddaughters but it had been twenty years since she’d made something for herself.
She carefully took her measurements across the bust, waist, and hips then stared down at the numbers perplexed. How could she have changed so much!
Once she began, the familiar process happened quickly and before she knew it, the green silk gown had formed on the mannikin. It was quite plain, she didn’t want to outshine her own granddaughter at her wedding, after all. Then she added just one ribbon around the neckline to zhuzh it up a bit.
On the day, as she watched her granddaughter, she was so proud of the family she had made.
This story was written in response to the following word prompts:
I haven’t written anything new in quite a while but decided today was the day to flex those writing muscles again just to see if I still could..
This short story was written in response to the following writing prompts Memento, Float, Gambler, and Cabbages.
She came across it quite by accident, a memento of a different time, a time of youth. When you are young time seems to float by gently but as you get older, as events take over, time rushes past so fast reality becomes a dream until you wake up and everything you ever cherished has gone.
The faded photograph was a picture of that time when she’d lived in grandeur and had servants to wait upon her. There she stood on her family’s front porch, dressed in white lace for her wedding day, her husband beside her looking young and vital with that roguish grin. How she had loved him, but he’d been a gambler and now she was reduced to her current state. When once she had eaten steak and caviar, now she had nothing but cabbages to look forward to. Cabbages and memories were all that were left.
I hope you enjoyed this story, my first in a long while 🙂
His body lay in the gutter. He could feel the hard cobblestones, but the discomfort they caused was nothing next to the pain of the wound in his side. Stabbed by a Knife. It was Ironic he should end this way, bleeding to death in the street. The rain washed the blood away and with it, his life ebbed.
He took one last look at the London street, lit by the gaslamps that produced a flickering uneven light.
It was quite early in the morning when the telephone rang. Alice had only just brought in the breakfast tray consisting of a soft-boiled egg, toast, some marmalade and the compulsory cup of strong tea.
Placing the tray down on the bed next to Lady Patterson, Alice went and answered the phone.
It wasn’t every day that Audrey Patterson took breakfast in bed. In fact, she would usually have been up, washed and dressed by now, but she had slept badly and her head wasbeing rather a pain. Her mind kept going over and over the events that had taken place. The murders of her friend, Claudia Halifax and her Maid, Elsie, had affected her badly. She had sworn to catch their killers, or it may well be that the killer of Claudia and of Elsie were one and the same.
Last week I took part in this fantastic challenge, the theme was Tribute songs that were written in memory of someone.
Click on the link below to see my post:
The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs featured in films that made the charts
Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.
I have to say, the theme this week is absolutely brilliant! It sent my mind whirring as there are so many great films with some fantastic music. I was faced with a quandary. Should I go with something more traditional, like Moon-River by Henry Mancini, sung by Danny Williams for the film but also performed brilliantly by Andy Williams? Or Should I go with Ennio Morricone and use Gabriel’s Oboe from the Mission? Then I remembered one of my favourite Actresses who is also a Singer, someone who I have been surreptitious about being a fan of in the past, has often sung a song in a film that has become a hit. The person I refer to is Cher.
When this particular song came out, I used to dance along to it, secretly in my room, watching like a hawk to make sure no one could see me. I was never the cool kid at school, but my one consolation was I had no pressure to act cool, if I did something weird like sing along to Cher, then I had no street cred to lose.
The one i’ve chosen is The Shoop Shoop Song, that was featured in the film “Mermaids”.
The film came out in 1990 with Cher in the main role along with Bob Hoskins. Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci played her daughters. Set in the 1960’s the film was about a young single mother with two kids who move to Massachusetts.
The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) was written by Rudy Clark and first released in 1963 by Merry Clayton but it didn’t chart. It was later recorded by Betty Everrett in 1964 who had a hit. It was later recorded by other artists and then Cher’s version for the film Mermaids became a number one hit in the UK, only her second since Sonny and Cher “I’ve got you, Babe”. Apparently in the US, it did not do quite as well. It may not be a majority view, but I consider Cher a fantastic actress. Her performance in the film Tea with Mussolini is my particular favourite of her roles.
The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)
Does he love me, I wanna know How can I tell if he loves me so?
Oh, no, you’ll be decieved (Is it in his sighs?) Oh, no he’ll make believe If you wanna know (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) If he loves you so (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is, oh yeah)Oh no, it’s just his charms (In his warm embrace?) OH no, that’s just his arms If you wanna know (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) If he loves you so (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) It’s in his kiss (That’s where it is) Oh, it’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)Whoa, Hug him and squeeze him tight Find out what you wanna know If it’s love, if it really is It’s there in his kiss
Oh no, that’s not the way You’re not listenin’ to all I said If you wanna know (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) If he loves you so (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) It’s in his kiss (That’s where it is) Oh, It’s in his kiss (That’s where it is)
Whoa, Hug him and squeeze him tight Find out what you wanna know If it’s love, if it really is It’s there in his kiss
Oh no, that’s not the way You’re not listenin’ to all I said If you wanna know (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) If he loves you so (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) It’s in his kiss (That’s where it is)
Oh, It’s in his kiss (That’s where it is) Oh, yeah it’s in his kiss (It’s in his kiss) (That’s where it is) Ooh, it’s in his kiss (It’s in his kiss) That’s where it is
It’s in his kiss That’s where it is Ooh, it’s in his kiss That’s where it is Ooh, oh it’s in his kiss Oh, oh, it’s in the kiss That’s where it is That’s where it is