What does one "do" with the prompt word for the Six Sentence Stories - Fountain provided by the host, Denise, of Girlie On The Edge's Blog? It all depends on the writer as you will soon see when you begin reading the posts each week. Be sure to click the link in order to read the other posts, and let the search begin.
She hadn’t thought it to be unusual because after all how would she have known it wasn’t the norm when, for her family, visits to the homes of other children were quite rare, and even when they happened, she stayed near her parents and didn’t venture off into bedrooms.
It was common knowledge that the big old home lacked the amenities of some homes, but as she looked out the windows of the school bus as it dropped off children to other farm houses, some with sagging porches, or when she saw the outward condition of some of the houses in town on the other side of the railroad tracks she became aware that while her own home wasn’t the nicest, it wasn’t the worst.
Although it wasn’t until much later that she learned a little about what the sleeping arrangements had been like for her mother being one of many children in the family, or of the hardships her parents had faced during the Great Depression, it was no wonder that her parents penny pinched for years afterwards just to pay bills which came due, no matter what, even in the midst of crop failures due to the seven year drought.
At recess on the playground, not once did she ask about playmates' beds, or for that matter, any questions about their home life, for after all, it was time to play and what a family did was family business and something that wasn’t meant to be discussed with others, and no one asked that of her either.
After learning her family was going to move to another state when her dad came unannounced to pick her up early from school the day they were leaving, she learned the moving van had already left with all but a few of their belongings which her family would take with them.
From the expression and excitement on the faces of her parents upon seeing the twin beds that had already been delivered to their new home, and them saying you kids don't need to sleep in cribs any longer, she began to understand some of the significance of what had just been said, but the real fountain of happiness came when she learned that there was an indoor toilet just down the hall!