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In response to Charli Mills’ weekly 99-word Flash Fiction prompt: Day of the Dead

I can only hope I did this with enough reverence for this cultural tradition of celebration!

When we were little, most children prepared for trick or treating, while we built altars. Dear Angelitos were invited into our homes on October 31st. Bringing all spirit children together with earthly children.

The next day, All Saints Day, we were welcoming the spirits of all our adult family members. They celebrated with us joyfully for we were all together again.

We gathered at the cemetery on All Souls Day recognizing the connection of family and friends between those on earth and those in heaven.

In my world, there is no death. Only transitions. Because, I grew up, Mexican.

Oh Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree is

More you see, than meets the eye

Each branch is a stage

Depicting our soul’s stories

From life’s cherished memories

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben

head start

Plans in the ready

For holidays approaching

Will be here so soon

Where did the time go this year

Seems like only yesterday

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben

hop to it

There’s so much to do

Eggs to be decorated

Baskets to be filled

Chocolate, jelly candies

Some bunny’s really busy

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben


Friends since childhood

Gather together each year

Celebrate birthdays

Always exchange gifts

Laughter and conversation

Taco Bell dinner

©2017 Annette Rochelle Aben