Carrot Ranch Literary Community #flash #fiction #chores

Thank you to the lovely Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch for all she does for the literary community. <3

The flash fiction prompt this week made me think of my mother-in-law Mary who is holding on to being fiercely independent as long as she possibly can. She is now the ripe old age of ninety four! She always tidies everything up before the carer sets foot in the house and her favourite phrase is: That’s that job done!

Tea and Biscuits With The Carer

“That’s the blueberries washed!” she said with a smile.

I couldn’t help but laugh.  

“Put the kettle on,” she said.

“Don’t you want to leave anything for the carer to do?”

She didn’t answer, instead she said, “Get the pavlova and cream. Mini ones in the cupboard over there.”

I opened the tin and arranged them on a large plate.

“What time’s she coming?”

“Now! Better wipe the table,” she said.

The carer bustled in.

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      1. Yes, her and my dad must be doing something right. They are both in their 90’s, just hope I inherit some of that gene from my dad. My mum is a lot younger, still a youngster at 78! Lol.

  1. This reminds me so much of my Niece who tidies up the house before her cleaner arrives. No wonder the cleaner spends most of her time drinking tea and eating all their biscuits.

    I have an aunt who is 92, and she sounds very much like your mother-in-law, Marje.

    1. Ha ha! Yes I’m sure Mary’s carers and your niece’s cleaner enjoy their respite when they arrive Hugh Though Mary did have to allow them to ‘care’ for her when she had a fall earlier in the year.

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