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Friday Fictioneers – God plays the tom-toms

This post is for the weekly challenge set by Madison Woods called Friday Fictioneers. The idea is that you submit a 100 word flash fiction story associated with the picture challenge added the previous Wednesday. You can find out more, and see the picture, on Madison’s Blog here: http://madisonwoods.wordpress.com/flash-fiction/rainbows/. There is also a Facebook Page too specially for Friday Fictioneers and you can find it here: http://www.facebook.com/FridayFictioneers

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My mother was the centre of my universe.

As a child I would sit on the back porch in a thunderstorm watching the rain pelting down, hitting the hardened ground with a whip and crack before scattering into a thousand tiny droplets; lightening crackled across a darkened sky, thunder rolling round the landscape, booming off the hillsides.

‘That’s just God playing the tom-toms’ she would reassure me.

And then, in the aftermath came the rainbow; brilliant in its colours and a stark contrast to the black and grey surrounding it.

‘That’s God kissing the ground son’ she would explain.

And I believed her, as I believe her even now.

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By the way, and as an aside I have an interview with Sadie Forsythe, the author of The Weeping Empress on the blog this week and she’s offering a free copy in a giveaway to one lucky commenter. If you’d like to be in with a chance to win it then you simply need to leave a comment here: the-thursday-throng-author-interview-and-book-give-away-with-sadie-forsythe-author-of-the-weeping-empress/

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational coach and founder of the Hysterectomy Association. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in the adoption and engagement of digital technologies. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

This Post Has 43 Comments
  1. Unfortunately your comment was caught out by Akismet and marked as spam and I’ve only just found it. Thanks for your wonderful comment and I enjoyed yours too 🙂

  2. For some it’s recent and for others it’s far away in time – I’m glad that yours is still so close to you 🙂

  3. what a sentimental piece of writing, reminds me of my childhood, which wasn’t long ago for me and is still quite vivid.

  4. The whole piece is lovely, especially this line: “hitting the hardened ground with a whip and crack before scattering into a thousand tiny droplets”

  5. I do hope they were both happy emotions and good memories although from your comment I suspect not 😉

  6. Why thank you – I love the tales and reasons my granny and nana told me – they always made such perfect sense, still do in fact 🙂

  7. You took me back to my own childhood and my grandmother telling me not to be afraid of the thunder storm. She said that God was just rearranging the furniture in heaven. Loved it!

  8. Wouldn’t it be great if every parent could give such a positive and reassuring view of our world to their children. It’s from interactions just like this that we learn what is safe and what is dangerous and this simple metaphor will have turned something that could be seen as scary into something wonderous. Who knows, this may have broken a chain of fear that has existed for generations – well done Mum.

  9. Wouldn’t it be great if all parents gave such a positive and reassuring view of our world to their children. We learn what is safe and what is dangerous from just such interactions, so this simple metaphor has turned something that could have been seen as as scary into something wonderous. Who knows, this may well have broken a chain of fear that had existed for generations – well done Mum.

  10. Why thank you kindly and as the fridge magnet my sister gave me says ‘Damn, my mother was right all along’ …. 🙂

  11. Why thank you – I like to think of rainbows in that way as they always make me smile when I see them 🙂

  12. Your’s definitely took a different ‘look’ at the cue and I liked it, if that is the right word to use considering the topic you were writing about … 😉

  13. “And then, in the aftermath came the rainbow; brilliant in its colours and a stark contrast to the black and grey surrounding it.” is such a precious line,like something warm & comforting you hold to your chest on a rainy day

  14. Why thank you Sandra and you’re right so many things carry on after childhood that we often don’t realise it 🙂

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