Plantae uel Animalia

Forget me not
(Picture from Memory Foundation.)

If you were to assign a flower to my childhood personality, you might search among the less-desirable weeds. I wouldn’t have minded; I’d have stuck my prickly, unwanted self even further into your business.

My grandmother, however, was a soft-spoken, kind-thinking sort. I never heard her raise her voice nor speak insult. She was more like the gently-swaying field flowers of springtime, shyly smiling to a beckoning sun.

While people greeted my coming akin to a dandelion outbreak, we all recall my grandmother’s mischievous blue eyes with forget-me-nots.

At least dandelions are my son’s favorite.


Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge.

8 thoughts on “Plantae uel Animalia

  1. Kate February 13, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    People are like flowers and just like flowers, each one is beautiful in its own way – including the weeds. Great take on the flash.

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  2. Michael B. Fishman February 14, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Beautiful metaphors. And dandelions are way underrated.


  3. Charli Mills February 14, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    I like the way this makes me think of the child as sunny and bursting with energy. And the gentleness of the grandmother is well captured in forget-me-nots. Great flash, Chelsea!

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