Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, assorted people have been taking monthly turns at putting up a selection of six (or twelve) words which is called “Words for Wednesday”.

We have taken over this meme from Delores, who had been having computer problems
This month the meme continues here, at Randomosity, with words and images supplied by Jacqueline.

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.   

Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  We would really like it if as many people as possible joined in with this fun meme.

If you are posting on your own blog - let us know so that we can come along and read your masterpiece.
I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.

It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are:

1. stars
2. penchant
3. yearning
4. exploring
5. humanity
6. delicate
1. gauzy
2. flamboyant
3. orange
4. thin
5. stilletos
6.  fell

we also have an image and a music clip, both of which I have incorporated here.

Here is my story:

Tom's penchant for gazing at the stars, his yearning to be up there among them, exploring far away galaxies, had not gone un-noticed.

Night after night his mother watched him standing by the window, staring at the heavens instead of sleeping and dreaming little boy dreams. 
Tom had been different since birth, thin and delicate, although never ill, and had never once showed any interest in any of the usual childish pursuits.
Instead he waited, sometimes impatiently, for the day he would finally be old enough, big enough, to join the Space Program. He would become an astronaut and leave behind what he called this seething mass of humanity. He had often said he didn't feel as if he belonged here.

As the gathering clouds obscured the stars, Tom turned back into his room and looked with satisfaction at his newly completed sunset.  The gauzy, flamboyant orange fabric stretched across the bottom of the far wall faded into the paler yellow swath above it, which then melted into the blue one that deepened as it rose towards the ceiling, painted in the deepest blue and studded with hundreds of glow in the dark stars.

He climbed into bed and fell asleep to the soft sound of David Bowie's Space Oddity, (this is Major Tom to ground control) sung by Chris Hadfield, coming from his laptop. It was currently his favourite you tube clip.

His mother wiped her tears away, removed her stilettos and tiptoed quietly down the stairs.


  1. What a poignant vignette you've created, River... deeply touching; one wonders who needs comforting the most, young Tom or his mother.
    Your description of the boy would apply to my oldest stepson perfectly. "Thin and delicate, although never ill."

  2. This is, as always, truly beautiful.

  3. Loved this you always stir my emotions. Love how you put Bowie and Hatfield together:) Hug B

  4. Very good, River. I like your story very much. :)

    I've only,about 30 or so minutes ago, come across this week's words...because this week, for me, has been pretty crazy. But in saying that I've quickly put together a story and posted it on Jacqueline's blog.

  5. This story, especially the video, reminded me of when I took a ZERO gravity flight in the same plane the astronauts trained in--FANTASTIC!!

  6. Jacqueline; I would think his mother needs the comforting, she's going to lose her son, while he in turn feels he doesn't belong and can't wait to get away.

    Elephant's Child; thank you very much.

    Button's Thoughts; Bowie and Hadfield was Jacqueline, not me, but thank you.

    Lee; you've had a crazy week too? Must be something in the air. I'll zip over and read your story.

    fishducky; I'd forgotten you did that. Was it like what we see there with people and objects floating like that?

  7. There is so much about this story that I like that I hardly know where to begin. I was feeling empathy for the mother even before you mentioned her tears. Such a nice triibute to David Bowie, and having decorated my own son's room in a space theme years ago, I am now picturing how nice the sunset wall would have looked there! Well done! I have been missing participating in Words for Wednesday, and look forward to getting back to it soon!

  8. That is a lovely story...rather touching :)

  9. Susan F; thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Margaret-whiteangel; thank you.

  10. An excellent use of the words, as always. It was a great idea to have a list of words, a photo, and a video that kinda played tribute to David Bowie, but you made them work. Great job!

    Happy weekend!

  11. Susan; Thank you, Jacqueline likes to make this a real challenge.


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