Saturday, 2 July 2011

A Rainy Day in July - Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus - Week 61

Photo Copyright Christina Wigren

Happy Fourth of July to Everyone in America!

Jenny Matlock

Welcome to Week 61 of Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus, a writing meme where participants are asked to write a text to a given prompt, using only 100 words or less. This week's prompt is "Oh say can you see... " (which, for those of you who are not familiar with American patriotic songs, is a line from the American National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.) But since I'm living in Sweden, I'll just try to use this prompt any way that I can. This is my text:

Sanna and her friend John were riding their bicycles home from the library. It had been unusually hot for Sweden, even for July. Thunder rumbled overhead from the gathering dark clouds. Then the sky opened up and drenched them. When they finally arrived at Sanna's apartment it was dark inside, as the power was out. It was dim but light enough to see where they were going.
Sanna was rummaging through a closet looking for towels and dry clothes when she pointed to the kitchen counter and asked John, "Oh say, can you see that flashlight over there and hand it to me?"

Wordcount according to WordCalc:97

Best wishes,


P.S. (This was written Monday, July 4th, 2011)

I wrote my centus text in a great hurry and it may need a little explaination:

When I write texts about Sanna, I am writing purely fictional stories, even though Sanna usually borrows content from my own life. In this text I am introducing a new character, John Tell, an acquaintance from America, whom Sanna met when she went to school there. John does not say much in this short centus text. His function is to give Sanna a reason to speak out loud. The cats would not be able to hand her a flashlight. John Tell is just visiting Sanna, but may stay a while if I can give him a reason to stay.

The real life background to this story is that I actually rode my bike to the library on Saturday, the same day as this centus, in order to borrow the library's computer, since I don't have a printer at home. I stopped by the new apartment (since I only received the keys the day before) to take measurements and really got depressed. It is so small, cheesy and plastic compared to the home that I am forced to leave. It was only about three in the afternoon when it started turning dark and I heard thunder and saw lightning. And then it started to rain really, really hard. I had to get back to the old place since there is nothing there yet - no furniture or food or even toilet paper or light bulbs in the new apartment. I was alone, of course. It would have been fun to have had a friend along. I decided to be nice to Sanna and let her have John Tell with her in the rain. I rode my bike splashing through puddles and shedding tears and was drenched when I got "home". I had to take all my clothes off.

The photo of the fireworks in the evening sky is from the Swedish holiday Valborg, April 30th, when there is a great bonfire to celebrate the end of winter and the coming of spring. And there are usually fireworks too. Forgive me for using it to illustrate the Fourth of July. The last time I actually saw fireworks for a celebration of the Fourth was long before I owned a digital camera. This photo was taken this April 30th.

First Commenter:
Rogues Artists

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Jenny Matlock


Judie said...

Brava, Anna! Good work!!

cj Schlottman said...

Perfect, Anna! I love it.


Sue said...

Good job, Anna! (And Sanna..)


jeff campbell said...

Such a clever way to weave the prompt into your writing...well done! peace and blessings

Bookie said...

Refreshing...not patriotic or flag waving, but nice it is own way!

Ann said...

a fun day for Sanna and John and a clever text by you.

upinthecosmos said...

I like that you went a different way with it, great write.

Dazee Dreamer said...

I loved this. Such a great way to use the prompt. And a loveing feeling about it. Right on.

Jo said...

Anna, you did it! great use of the prompt!!!

Ames said...

Seamless! :) I didn't think I could swing this as a continuation of a Sci Fi story so I went in a different direction. ~Ames

Jenny said...

Oh Anna, I have no doubt your artistic heart will fill this cold, drab space and make it into a home in no time. I wish I could help you.

Instead I will simply send you praise for a neat twist to the prompt and tell you that I sent you an e-mail if you can retrieve it from the library!

I'm praying for you, sweet lady.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I'm sorry you are sad about your new apartment. I'm sure you'll make it feel like home when you have moved in. I am American, and I used the prompt the way you did. I liked your story and your use of the prompt. laurie

Karen S. said...

Very nicely written, and oh, say, YES! I'll hand you the flashlight!

Lin said...

So, maybe the new apartment may be small--but it is a new beginning!! May it be good and you all live happily ever after. (with lots of kitties) :)

Mariuca said...

I love rainy days Anna, wishing u a wonderful relaxing weekend with your meows, hugs! :)

Nonna Beach said...

Great job Anna !

I loved reading about your real experience and also your bonfire holiday in Sweden...a wonderful celebration and tradition to share and enjoy with family and friends !

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