Category Archives: Writing

Random Musing: Spring

The first hint of spring often came at the tail end of winter. As a child growing up in Ontario my mother wrapped me in a snowsuit so thick I could only manage a waddle at best. Off I would go behind my sisters or brothers out into the snow. And then suddenly, that tiny sliver of spring would come sailing in on a breeze so sweet it still takes my breath away.Unknown.jpeg

Years later I remember driving and suddenly I saw my mom walking down Lakeshore Road in Port Credit. It was summer and the sun was out bright and hard. I could see her long legs from far away and that short curly hair. Although a grown woman with four children she walked like a kid. Her head was tilted back to the sun and if I didn’t know better I could see she was taking in the sweetness of the smell of summer grasses and the cool air as it came off the lake.

Like my mother I am a walker. Even as a kid I skipped the school bus and would walk miles to school on my own both there and back. Each section of the walk brought my senses alive in different ways.

images.jpegAs I crossed the bridge over the Credit river, I could catch the breeze that came from Lake Ontario and the river that winds its way up Mississauga, the name of a tribe whose home this once was. I would walk past the Library where I worked as a teen.

Even now I feel the walls of that library through the smells of books I shelved, ordered by the magical dewey decimal system.

images-1.jpegThen off to the GO Station and under the tunnel often wet and smelling of swamp although a swamp was nowhere near. Then past the old houses to the orchard sweet with apples. The orchard is gone now but I can still smell the fruit.  Today I’m still a big walker.

Every day at lunch I wander for an hour so I can catch those fragrant breezes, watch the trees and the houses age as years pass by. It’s my own personal calendar of the passing of time.

Advertisements

6 Comments

Filed under Random Musing, Writing

Ad Hoc Fiction: A Bath Flash Fiction Award Project

adhocfictionlogo

Hello Writers,

I discovered Ad Hoc through my writing group. While I’m not necessarily a fan of having  inviting people to vote on my piece in order to win, I find the weekly prompts and deadlines a fantastic way to keep writing. Winning Ad Hoc fiction earns you a free entry to Bath Flash (sounds exciting!) giving  you a shot at writing a 300 word piece to win a 1,000 pound prize (even more exciting)! My first piece “The Woman in the Cream Wool Coat” was accepted and published on the site. It might sound ridiculous but it was very exciting to have my tiny tiny piece published on the site and seeing my name on the list of published authors!

Interested? Check them out and get writing!

Leave a comment

Filed under Writing