Emerging Writer Contest 3 Runner Up Story

Emerging Writer Contest 3 Runner Up Story

Emerging Writer Contest 3 Runner Up Story
Ordinary Moments, by Helene Hahn

Ordinary Moments

It was close to suppertime and the late afternoon sun sent long slanting rays of golden light across the mostly dirt road. The woman’s house sat on a small hill above the road. She was washing dishes and glanced out the window over the sink when she heard the crunch of sneakers on loose stones before a boy came into view from behind the pine trees.

He was about ten, his longish blond hair, sweaty from play, jutted from beneath his denim ball cap. From the cut-off sleeves of his bright red tee shirt protruded two thin, gangly arms, deeply tanned from weeks of summer playing. His jeans were rolled up to just below each knee. Had he waded in the nearby stream looking for smooth rocks to be used as skipping stones? Rocks he would put in his pocket, forget about and would end up in the bottom of his mother’s washing machine.

He walked home at an unhurried pace with his head downward. His right hand clutched a dead branch that he used as a walking stick. He stopped suddenly and she watched as he used the stick to poke around in the tall grass along the side of the road. What did he see; a land frog, a small snake, a big spider? It didn’t hold his attention long and he continued toward home, kicking a rock as he went.

When the road turned, she lost sight of him. She placed the last dish in the dish rack and emptied the dish pan, standing it on its end to drain. She wrung out the dishrag, shaking it twice before laying it over the faucet and dried her hands. She smiled as she thought about her little boy, now a grown man with sons of his own. One she planned on calling right after supper.

About the Author: Helene Hahn was raised in Queens, NY and moved to Long Island in 1972. She graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Business Administration, but it was in her creative writing classes where she discovered her love of writing. After she retired from a rewarding career in banking, she became an active contributor to the Town Of Hempstead Senior Writing Group. Helene lives on the south shore of Long Island and is the proud grandma of 11 grandchildren with a 12th due next month.

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