Lacquered Lovelies

Charli Mills invited us to use the prompt of NOURISH for our 99-word flash fiction this week. It wasn’t until one of the activities gals asked the musical question about us wanting to have our nails done, that this story practically wrote itself. Check out the Carrot Ranch and join the fun!

“Ladies, do either of you want your nails done today?”

It was this familiar Tuesday query from the activities department of the nursing home that rallied all the women who wanted to feel special every time they looked at their hands. Usually, everyone except these two roommates said yes.

There was a box of bright colors from which to choose. This day, most of the ladies chose colors that reminded them of beautiful flowers. And here they were, beautiful flowers planted in wheelchairs and hospital beds. Their bodies may be failing them, but their souls were glowing and alive!

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

18 responses to “Lacquered Lovelies

  1. Margot Kinberg

    What a lovely time to depict in this story! Those little touches make all the difference. They remind us we’re people…

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  2. Beautiful, dear Annette! ❤ xo

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  3. That’s beautiful how you went with this prompt, Annette.

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  4. This really is lovely, Annette.

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  5. What a beautiful, uplifting image of laquered nails, Annette!

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  7. Beautiful! I’m thinking of the elders (my own mom) in lock-down, who can’t get their nails trimmed or their hair cut, and this makes me happy–gives me hope!

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  8. Nicely done! I love “beautiful flowers planted in wheelchairs.” ❤

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  9. Lovely story, Annette. It nice to see appreciation for everyone, regardless of age.

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