Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
This week’s charming little snap takes me, unsurprisingly, to my happy place, where the sun always shines and the sky is always blue.
It is where I live!
And Happy Birthday to Mr Presley, wherever he is today.
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Click here to hear this 90-second story read aloud:
Teddy Bears’ Picnic
If you go down to the woods today
It is always fun in the toy department.
Children get so excited, squeal, shriek, throw tantrums.
All the normal emotions of growing up.
I watch the shoppers carefully.
They fall into different categories.
you better not go alone
You see the elderly ladies, sometimes with a reluctant man in tow, obviously looking for a gift for a favoured grandchild.
Then there are young women, who might be mothers buying for their own little darling, but perhaps for a nephew or niece.
And there are families.
These are my favourites, especially if they have more than one child.
The more the merrier, as they say.
It’s lovely down in the woods today
Some, of course, are just browsing, letting the kids amuse themselves for a while.
They are of no interest to me.
But it is of critical importance to see who buys what.
I want to be sure that the best teddy bears go to the most appropriate homes.
For maximum impact when they are activated.
but safer to stay at home