FFfAW: Grandma’s Garden

Credit: Louise – The Storyteller’s Abode

“Why is Grandpa digging up the garden again?”

“I told you dear, he just really misses Grandma.”

Little Ethan didn’t remember much about Grandma, but he did recall her hugs. This warm, comforting embrace that made him want to snuggle in and melt into a peaceful night’s sleep.

Mum said sheΒ loved gardening. She’d plant all sorts of flowers and had even made a small vegetable patch. Unfortunately, there was no one to take care of the garden after she died. They couldn’t afford a gardener and Mum and Dad were too busy working all day.

In the past month Grandpa had suddenly started digging up small parts of the garden, trying to get the flowers growing again. Then he’d get too tired and and they’d wither and die. After a couple of days, he’d start anew.

Ethan went outside and put his small hand on Grandpa’s frail one.

“I’ll help you Grandpa, we’ll get Grandma’s flowers growing again!”

Ethan kept his promise and soon, Grandma’s favourite flowers were smiling again, as was Grandpa.

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37 Responses to FFfAW: Grandma’s Garden

  1. Aw, always feels good to have a sweet, warm ending. I was hoping that would happen, so I’m glad it did. Thanks for posting this story!

  2. magarisa says:

    This is such a touching story!

  3. How sweet! Grandpa’s grandson stepped up to help his Grandpa makes Grandma’s garden grow again. Lovely story!

  4. Singledust says:

    Love the warm relationship between grandpa and grandson. Your story made me very melancholy for my grandpa. Your words stretched my emotions. Beautiful.

  5. michael1148humphris says:

    I hope they are both rewarded for their toil. Loved your story. Mike

  6. luckyjc007 says:

    A very sweet story. Ethan was a very understanding little boy. It’s wonderful that he could help make his grandpa happy again.

  7. mandibelle16 says:

    Poor Grandpa. The garden, the flowers, vegetables remind him of Grandma. Good memories. I’m delighted he has Ethah to help him now, so the plants will grow and not wither. Good experience for Ethab and wonderful chance for him to get to know his Grandpa πŸ™‚ Great story S.

  8. draliman says:

    Very sweet πŸ™‚

  9. randomrose says:

    Beautifully written and I loved the sweet ending, still smiling πŸ™‚

  10. Martin says:

    Lovely story. It occurred to me you could have an alternate Psychotic version:

    β€œWhy is Grandpa digging up the garden again?”

    β€œI told you dear, he just really misses Grandma”

    “Well he should have thought about that before he buried her!”

  11. Sonny Price says:

    Awww, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. πŸ™‚

  12. Lynn Love says:

    Ah, that’s lovely.Those are the times you most need your loved ones and kids can be the best of all at being loving and supportive and taking you out of yourself. Lovely, warmhearted tale.
    My first time on FFfAW and every ine has been a winner so far! πŸ™‚

    • swritings says:

      Yes, kids really can be the ones to make feel happy and smile again. Thank you so much! Welcome to FFfAW! πŸ™‚

      • Lynn Love says:

        Thank you, nice to be here!
        Children manage to be distracted by joy, while adults become preoccupied by loss. Kids live in the moment and we so often live in the past and the future. We could learn much from them

  13. Ameena k.g says:

    Awww, that was so sweet of Ethan. Such a smart kid,

  14. milliethom says:

    A charming story about a very close and loving family. You make us feel for Grandpa’s loss really well through through his gardening activity. Lovely characterisation, of both little Ethan and Grandpa. I can also ‘see’ Grandma giving Ethan those hugs. πŸ™‚

  15. Lovely piece, for a second there I thought grandpa was trying to dig up grandma! The way you took it is definitely better though haha πŸ™‚ Keep writing, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  16. Such a sweet story of love and family

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