March 13, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a place where children once played. It can be a field, a playground, or any place that attracted children to play. But now it is empty. Abandoned. Go where the prompt leads!
The great outdoors was our playground, as high as the sky and distant as the horizon. It was:
- a pond for winter ice skating or summer swimming
- the woods where we built forts and hideaways, smoked the stub of dad’s cigar and talked about boys
- where we raced across open fields or rounded up cattle on horseback
- lying in the cool evening grass searching for animals in a sea of billowy clouds
Our playground was free, limited only by our imagination. I wonder, “How will the today’s youth remember their playground when they are old?”
The “Carrot Ranch Literary Community where creative writers from around the world and across genres gather to write 99-word stories. A collection of prompted 99-word stories reads like literary anthropology. Diverse perspectives become part of a collaboration.” Read the recent Gloria Collection, I’m sure you will enjoy it.