Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy New Year!

What a great way for me to start my year out by joining fellow bloggers who are huge fans of SATURDAY CENTUS by Jenny Matlock. She is one hard-working woman with a great sense of humor and incredible writing talent. She sponsors several weekly memes, this being my favorite! She gives us a prompt and challenges us to write a short story of 100 words or less around that prompt. It's always a treat for me to read the creative pieces by other talented writers. This week's prompt is in bold.

She pulled out her crumpled up list of resolutions.

“I don’t know why I continue to make a list every year! By mid-month, I’ve checked off at least half of my good intentions” she said to herself. "I guess seeing it written down makes me own them a little more rather than losing them in the abyss of my brain. Maybe I could spread the list out over a year instead of trying to finish it all at once. Can you blame me for wanting to hold on to the joyful feeling that comes from another’s smile?"

“You look lovely!” she said to the elderly woman.

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Sue said...

No time like the present...and a compliment is always welcome, right?


5thsister said...

This was a lovely post. To make someone that is a resolution! I am now quite sorry I went macabre in mine!

Judie said...

What a wonderful idea for the prompt. One never knows just how happy a kind word can make someone.

Bookie said...

Great job here...loved the phrase "losing them in the abyss of my brain." Know how many things I have floating there? A lot! :)

Koby said...

Awwwww... I loved it! (Old ladies are my thing!!) Happy New Year!!

Anna said...

Words have power! Small words, that don't cost any money, can do a lot to make life a little nicer.

Love this centus!

I have written two text versions. Please read them both.
Best wishes & hugs for a happy 2011,
Anna's SC#35 plus extra text

Kat said...

I really liked this, nothing better than bringing a smile to someone, especially when it's unexpected. I'm with Bookie, loved the line "the abyss of my brain" I hear that loud and clear! Kat

jfb57 said...

A nice take on the prompt!

Teresa said...

I like how it changes from "resolutions" to "good intentions" that she crosses off. Could she be wrestling with lying on her list, but enjoys a smile from a "little white lie"?

Good work!

Viki said...

That really seems like a good resolution/good intention to give compliments. People just don't do that much. I liked your idea for this prompt. I might have to think about doing this more ;-)

Ames said...

I can read this two ways. I must be twuisted. Nice take(s) on the prompt!~Ames

cj Schlottman said...

What a lovely piece! My friend, Deidra, taught me to smile at everyone and say "hello." It always makes me feel so much better.

Great take..........cj

Susannah said...

Nice centus, to make someone smile is a wonderful thing. :-)

jeff campbell said...

This is so sweet...fine words to live by...Peace and blessings

Tgoette said...

Awesome take on the prompt!

I like to make people smile too. I always smile and say hi to strangers. Then I wink and wave. Then I make loud grunting noises and scratch the ground with my feet while on all fours.

And yet they don't smile. Just run away in horror. Weird people, eh?

Jenny said...

Thank you for the kind words. They made me smile.

I loved this post. Someday I will tell you the story of my theory of this resolution.

It is one I actually started about five years ago...I think it heals my heart even more than it warms a strangers!

Lovely, thoughtful SC.

Thank you for sharing.