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Marjory sat at the window and smiled. She might be almost ninety, but when people called at her tiny cottage, she noticed that their eyes always went to the cushion on the window sill. She knew they were wondering, was it her. Yes she could still turn heads at ninety.


When I saw this picture I was taken to a sitting room in the home of a fine artist: And a smile.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Alicia Jamtaas

    Wow! This is delightful. Well done in much fewer than 100-words.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Alicia, glad you enjoyed Marjorie’s story. She had her own personal style of art.

  2. justjoyfulness

    The ageing minx 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Marjory was a true minx and did things in her own inimitable way.

  3. Iain Kelly

    I could see it all in the brief description. Lovely piece.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain, a complete story about Marjory would almost fill a novel, she was a rather complex individual. Glad you enjoyed this brief insight to her character.

  4. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    A poignant tale with apt descriptions. Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, I believe Marjory would have loved your drawings, she loved to draw with charcoal

  5. Keith's Ramblings

    Short and very sweet! Delightful

    Please click to read my FriFic

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was pleased with this story; and I know Marjory would have smiled. Thank you.

      Keith, I am not sure if my feedback on your stories is getting through. As I am getting a no permission to post box.

  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Love it…

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased Bjorn, I loved writing it.

  7. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Love that last line.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I deserve no credit, Marjory had the charisma that inspired that line.

  8. Moon

    She must have been a rare woman – strong and beautiful.
    Nicely written, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      She was. Thank you.

  9. JS Brand

    Lovely story Michael. Funnily enough I also wrote about about a mature lady with red blood coursing through her veins and a twinkle in her eye.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The prompt photo had a real beauty, and felt quite feminine to me. Reading the responses is great.

  10. Liz Young

    Some beauty never dies. I have a friend of 86 whose beauty I envy.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I see beauty as the result of humility, and then it never dies.

  11. Dahlia

    Wow! Nice one Michael 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, my inspiration came from one lady, yet it is true of many.

  12. yarnspinnerr

    Some people know how to live. A lively read.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true, if given the opportunity and humility. I love that you used the term, “A lively read” Thank you.

  13. Sarah Ann

    Wonderfully done. Cheeky Marjory.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The real Marjory could be cheeky, so glad that you enjoyed this little insight into her.

  14. Jane Dougherty

    We have a sad tendency to assume that old people have lost it. Your Marjory obviously hadn’t 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Jane. I agree many old people remain sharp and perceptive – only modern inventions or ill health usually drives them into a decline.

      1. Jane Dougherty

        We junk all their experience and look for role models among the glittering brainless celebs. We’ve got it all wrong.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you Jane, experience and respect has to be earned at any age, as you can tell Marjory had my respect.

          1. Jane Dougherty

            I’m sure she deserved it.

          2. Michael Humphris
  15. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    This made me smile SO big!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Your comment made me so pleased that I wrote this story, thank you.

  16. gravadee

    Lovely take on the prompt

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    1. Michael Humphris

      Marjory deserves the credit.

  17. patriciaruthsusan

    She seems to still feel young regardless of her physical age. Good writing, Michael. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne, the credit should go to the real Marjory.

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