100-Word Challenge for Grownups — Week #162 – ‘The Secret Gift’

Julia’s 100-Word Challenge for Grownups has reached its 162nd week as we begin 2015. Her prompt this week for the story is the following phrase:

“… as I put the decorations away, I …”

Check out her site and get the simple rules for participating in the challenge.

My story is below:


My saddest Christmas ever. Jobless now; no money for food or rent; no family to help. I’d cried myself bleary-eyed for days. Government assistance was unthinkable. As I put Grandmother’s decorations away, I thought of how much I missed her – courageous woman, widowed, raising six children on her meager seamstress income. I missed her sorely and wished I weren’t such a failure in comparison.

The tiny envelope bearing my name was taped inside the bottom of an ornament box. I’d never noticed it before. It held a diamond necklace and a note from Grandmother: “I prayed you’d discover this when you need it most. It’s worth $25,000. Use it wisely. Merry Christmas.”



8 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grownups — Week #162 – ‘The Secret Gift’

    1. Oooops, I think I called you Tommy in my comment on your ‘About’ page. I didn’t realize that your name was Michael. Sorry about that, but I’ll get it right next time. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my story. I haven’t really had time to do these challenges for quite a few weeks, and it was fun getting back into the groove.

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