#Carrotranch flash fiction challenge – Boots


This week Charli Mills has asked us to write about boots. What a great topic, I love boots. I have 15 pairs of boots, long ones, short ones, red ones, blue ones, just about any type of boot you can think of. My motto is “If the boot fits, buy it in every colour.”

When my two sisters and I were young, we were sent to live with our Granny for a few weeks. Our mother was in hospital delivering our new sister, Laura. My sister, Hayley, was only 14 months old at the time and she was such a tiny, shy little thing then. Not so much now but everything changes.

I wrote this little piece about the memory I have of her at that time in our lives.

The tiny little girl felt lost and alone. Her mother was not there, and she had been sent to stay with her Granny who she barely knew. Her sisters were with her, but they went to school all day and she was left alone with Granny. Granny was very kind to her, but it was hard to fill the ache of abandonment in her heart. One memorable day Granny came home with boots for her. They were lovely and soft, her very first pair of “big girl” shoes. She was delighted and “Boot’s” was the first word she uttered.

You can join in this challenge here: https://carrotranch.com/2018/01/19/january-18-flash-fiction-challenge/


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town


59 thoughts on “#Carrotranch flash fiction challenge – Boots

  1. this is a good topic and I hope to join in with CR writing later this year! ((Too many challenges and have to pick and choose)
    and well – sounds like you could never have too many boots – ha – and I like the candy one

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  2. What a lovely story about your little sister. I’m sure she was happy with Grandma after receiving that pair of boots.
    I’m a bit like you in thinking that, if the shoe fits buy it in every colour! After years of trying to find a comfy shoe that fits, I have finally found a brand that is perfect every time. They’re not all the same (well, three are, but different colours) but I’ve lost count of how many of that brand I have.
    Also – letting you know that your link at the Ranch doesn’t work. Which reminds me. I haven’t received one of your gobbledygook notifications for a while. 🙂

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  3. This was fun, Robbie. I love boots too. (I used to have a pair of purple cowboy boots that I wore so much I had the heels replaced — twice!) I haven’t counted lately, but you may have out done me on how many! 😀 Thanks for making me smile. Have a boot-tastic day.

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  4. I love your motto, Robbie, and assume your sister share your love of boots! I have several pairs of boots too, and as I was just saying to Ritu yesterday, my favourites are my patent leather, chunky heeled ankle boots! What are your favourites?

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  5. Bittersweet story, Robbie, made palatable with the boots! Me? I’m a CA girl, so I resent having to wear my boots every day here in NE. But I make sure I have a pair that are fake suede with real tassels – might as well ‘swing’ a bit, yes? 🙂

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      1. Ha! How “enlightening”! One of my daughters hummed, they sang and now as an adult she whistles. But she’s shy about it. Now she whistles to the polar bears and arctic foxes of Svalbard, Norway.

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