Saturday, 8 November 2008
Saturday Wordzzle # 38..
Sorry no doodles this week I just didn't have time!
This Week's Ten Word Challenge is: France, cold weather, backhoe, light and shadow, Humane society, ambivalent, “Happy Birthday, Sarah Jane,” Martians, Thanksgiving Day Parade, green eyes
Lilly wrote the message on the birthday card, “Happy Birthday, Sarah Jane”, and addressed the envelope to Ms. S. Martians, 7 Esplanade Henri, Lyon, France. That would make Sarah laugh, her surname was in fact Martains but Lilly always wrote Martians. This would be the first year that Sarah had missed the Thanksgiving Day Parade in all the time they had known each other and Lilly could imagine Sarah’s green eyes glistening with tears as she thought about it. Sarah had left her job at the Humane Society to fulfil her lifelong ambition, there was no light and shadow or ambivalence in Sarah’s mind, she made her choice and went for it. The climate was milder in France and Lilly was sure Sarah would miss the cold weather, but was still not sure Sarah was doing the right thing taking the job in France as a backhoe operator.
Mini Challenge: she’ll be comin' round the mountain when she comes, pumpkin pie, yellow jacket, short-changed, life after 50
Putting on her best yellow jacket Denise looked huge. She had eaten far too many pumpkin pies for her own good and life after 50 wouldn’t be up to much if she didn’t do something about her weight. She’d short-changed herself by not watching her diet and if she wasn’t careful they wouldn’t be singing “she’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes” they’d be singing “She’ll be as big as a mountain when she comes!”
“Happy Birthday, Sarah Jane France”, Sarah thought to herself as she prepared the pumpkin pie for her family, she called them her family but the children were in fact from her husband’s previous marriage. Today they were going together to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, as they always did, and celebrate her birthday.
After packing the picnic Sarah took a walk to the forest and watched the backhoe excavating the clearing. She remembered the day she arrived in the small town of ‘Ambivalent’, on Thanksgiving, it was snowing that night and the cold weather reminded her of home.
It took her some months to really settle in the town but the people were kindly, they even had a Humane Society, and made her very welcome. Sarah had lived in Ambivalent for about six months when she met John. She had been walking through the forest to the clearing when she heard someone singing “She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes’ and there he was in his yellow jacket chopping wood. If there was such a thing as love at first sight Sarah experienced it at that moment. There was no light and shadow about her feelings for John, they were perfectly clear – she was in love and, thankfully, as their relationship developed she found John felt the same way.
She discovered John was a 40 year old widower with two boys and she told him it had been her 40th birthday on Thanksgiving Day when she’d arrived in the town, consequently her family thought she was fifty today but she was I fact much older. It was a whirlwind romance and no-one was surprised when she and John married barely three months after meeting. She looked after John and his boys and John never felt short-changed that they’d never had children of their own because of her age.
The clearing in the forest had appeared overnight all those years ago and now the excavation was the talk of the town. It had been investigated at the time but it was decided, by consensus of opinion, it was just ‘one of life’s mysteries’. Now some professor had arrived in town and wanted to investigate further, hence the excavation.
They had been married now for ten years and Sarah was scared that her blissful existence was about to change. She was hoping the saying ‘there is life after 50’ would be true for her and that the excavation of the clearing wouldn’t find the evidence of her arrival and spoil everything. It would be a terrible shock for everyone if they found out the truth. Sarah was popular in town and everyone commented on her luminous green eyes, what they didn’t know was that it was a trait of her origins – all Martians have them!