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Microfiction: Indescribable Gifts

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in Grandma's Goulash · microfiction · Succinctly Yours

Indescribable Gifts is a great theme for today because . . . Daniel is home! After first being told that he would be in the hospital for weeks, he was released yesterday. His still has a long way to go and some painful processes upcoming; but his dad learned how to change his bandages, and because Danny was doing so well they let him come home. He’ll return to the Shriner’s complex in Cincinnati in a few weeks to be evaluated for skin grafts. We really couldn’t ask for a better Thanksgiving gift. I have no doubt your thoughts and prayers were tantamount in bringing this about. Thank you all, so very much.

The young lady who suffered in the fire with Daniel is still in intensive care. Though thought to have pneumonia, she was taken off the respirator a few days ago, so either this diagnosis was in error or is resolving. More good news — she is communicating and responsive to questions and conversation. Please continue to pray for her recovery.

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Welcome to today’s microfiction! Hope you had a great weekend, and for those of us celebrating the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I wish you good cookin’ and lots of great family time.

Grandma’s Goulash graciously hosts Succinctly Yours, the wonderful meme for those of us addicted to microfiction. The trick is to write a story in 140 characters or less using the photo below as inspiration. To add to the challenge is the word of the week, “beholden.”  My story is below.

**Indescribable Gifts #1: Cannot Be Repaid
 (137 characters) 

“I am beholden to Chief Massasoit,” William said, “How will I repay him?” “You cannot,” Mary said. “His gifts are so many and so great.”

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Indescribable Gifts #2:  Cannot Be Okayed
(137 characters)
“So, hey, baby. Want a closer look at my cornstalk?” John asked with a wink. “Keep it in your vegetable steamer, Pilgrim,” Anne advised.
** Chief Massasoit (also called Ousamequin, or “Yellow Feather”) was chief of the Wampanoag Indians when the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth in 1620.  He negotiated a treaty with the Pilgrims on March 22, 1621. The Pilgrims were fortunate in this alliance as the bond with Chief Massasoit is credited with ensuring the success of Plymouth Colony. The Chief also prevented the Pilgrims from suffering starvation during the colony’s early years.

To read the microfiction stories of others participating in this meme, please click HERE.

Thanks for visiting! See you on Wednesday for the naked truth about . . . GOOD GRAVY!

Have a great week!

25 Responses to "Microfiction: Indescribable Gifts"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    November 21, 2011 at 7:29 am  

    Oh my gosh, you little dickens (as my grandma used to say). That last one is so funny I am covering my mouth so as not to laugh out loud and wake hubby. You are amazing!

  2. Comment by Sarah
    November 21, 2011 at 7:50 am  

    *snort* Oh, wow. That second one is hilarious. And that's wonderful news about Daniel! I hope your family has a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving celebration!

  3. Comment by Kim
    November 21, 2011 at 7:51 am  

    The 2nd was my favorite…thought maybe he'd ask if she'd "beholden" his stalk!

  4. Comment by Tammy
    November 21, 2011 at 9:07 am  

    The first one is the first serious take I believe I've read from you–and how wonderful! I enjoyed the historical tidbit. And the second made coffee come out my nose. I should know by now. Congratulations and continued prayers for Daniel and his friend.

  5. Comment by Bookie
    November 21, 2011 at 9:54 am  

    Such good ones this morning, Lisa. The funny one really has started my Monday off with a zip and thank you for it!!!

  6. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    November 21, 2011 at 10:24 am  

    Talk about contrast! The first did not prepare me for the second. So happy to hear the happy news about Daniel.

  7. Comment by anthonynorth
    November 21, 2011 at 11:49 am  

    Enjoyed both micros. nicely done.

  8. Comment by Pat
    November 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm  

    First one- serious and wonderful, second one- I guffawed. You are hilarious, Lisa. I read up on the Wampanoag, Massasoit and Squanto before writing my SY story…very interesting. The Pilgrims were blessed to have such friendly, helpful Native Americans nearby to help them through their first difficult year.

  9. Comment by Pat
    November 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm  

    Great news about Daniel coming home and that he's healing well. I'll continue to pray for healing for him and the young woman.

  10. Comment by Jim
    November 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm  

    Naughty and nice! (Why did I mention naughty first? Innate brain wiring?)I am glad Chief Massasoit got his due. Yes, those Pilgrims had much to be thankful for.Lisa, I have a friend in his ninety's now. He also has Texas Bluebonnets planted beside his drive. One day at the Senior Center he aske a lady friend if she would like to come over and look at his Bluebonnet pictures. I told him, "what a line that is!" This little old fellow didn't know what to say as he didn't know about lines. So naive. XD :)Your post reminded me of this story. Thank you, I will have to call him soon for a round of golf…

  11. Comment by Jim
    November 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm  

    Lisa, I am happy for Danny and you all. Also will keep praying for all including the burned lady friend. Thank you for the update. Great news coming at Thanksgiving time…

  12. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    November 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm  

    Wonderful news about Daniel and his friend, Lisa. You're right, perfect Thanksgiving news.Enjoyed both of your totally-different takes on the prompt today.Kay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  13. Comment by Pooch
    November 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm  

    Oh-my, oh-my! (fanning myself) I completely forget what the first one said!:)

  14. Comment by Ann Best
    November 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm  

    I am so sorry to hear about these misfortunes. I'm very happy for you that Daniel is home, and I'm hoping that other young woman will be okay too.Ann Best, Memoir Author

  15. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm  

    Hi Lisa,Oh, what wonderful news for Daniel and all of you … and for his sweet friend too. I love to see the hand of God work so mightily and so quickly! As we know, it doesn't always happen that way. Great stories you have for us today, and a reminder of a bit of Thanksgiving history. The second story made me laugh; cute and a bit naughty too.I look forward to Mondays these days so that I can come over here and have a chuckle.Hugs,Kathy M.

  16. Comment by Lynn
    November 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm  

    Great news about Daniel and his friend. Hope the young lady gets to come home soon too! Sending love waves.The last microfiction had me in stitches. You're so funny.

  17. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm  

    Linda – So glad I helped begin your day with a chuckle!Sarah – Thanks! Kim – Haha. . .you and my husband think alike. He saw the pun just as you did. And then, of course, I couldn't steal it!Tammy – Sorry about the whole coffee-out-the-nose thing. 🙂 But thanks!Claudia – Happy to oblige! Laraine – Thank you!Anthony – Thanks for your comment.Pat – I agree. Chief Massasoit doesn't receive enough credit in the history books. And thank you; we appreciate your prayers.Jim – Your bluebonnets story is a riot. Are you sure you aren't just looking for a reason to play golf? LOL Enjoy your game! And thanks for remembering Daniel and his friend.Kay – Thank you!Pooch – Haha. . .poor Chief Massosoit. Upstaged by a cornstalk.Ann – So nice to see your name in my comments! Thank you for your concern good wishes.Kathy – Thanks! Your comment made MY day!Lynn – Thanks. It really is the best Thanksgiving day gift we could have hoped for.

  18. Comment by K9friend
    November 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm  

    Great news about Daniel. Prayer is powerful stuff!PatCritter Alley

  19. Comment by Karen Lange
    November 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm  

    Rejoicing with you over your nephew's good news! Will keep them in my prayers.Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  20. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    November 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm  

    Such wonderful, wonderful news about your dear nephew! Thanks be to The Above! I will continue to keep both Daniel and his friend tucked into my Good Night Prayers."So, hey, baby. Want a closer look at my cornstalk?" John asked with a wink. "Keep it in your vegetable steamer, Pilgrim," Anne advised.YIKES! If John can't keep "it" in his "steamer," then the next chapter of this story will be about–Dare I say it?–fresh cream-style corn!?!?!(God, we're wicked, aren't we?!)

  21. Comment by Akelamalu
    November 22, 2011 at 4:59 am  

    Sending positive thoughts to Daniel and his friend, with oodles of Reiki for their continued recovery.I love a historical microfiction – well done. 🙂

  22. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    November 22, 2011 at 10:17 am  

    I loved both the history and the hilarious, although it sounds as if that corn stalk is already quite steamy.How wonderful that Daniel is home and his friend is gaining. That is truly cause for thanks.

  23. Comment by Madeleine
    November 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm  

    So glad Daniel and his friend are making steady progress.More prayers and hugs their way.Loved your second micro best LOL!

  24. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 23, 2011 at 12:45 am  

    Karen – Thank you!Sparkle – Thanks for the prayers. And omigosh! You crack me up. Thank goodness my brain never went there on its own, or I'd have been unable to post a microfiction this week. LOLAkelamalu – Thank you. :)Grandma – Thanks for your comments. Madeleine – Thanks!

  25. Comment by Sonia Lal
    November 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm  

    The second one is hilarious!

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