Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Planting Seeds #amwriting #flashfiction #gardening

Thanks to Priceless Joy for hosting FFftAW.


The Storyteller’s Abode – Louise


Gertrude is a beautiful child with chubby round cheeks. Her hair is the white-blond children get from being in the sun. She is three and likes to show you how old she is with her fingers.

I came to visit her Grandma from my farm, and walking to her Grandma’s door, I spied Gertrude hunched over in the garden. She has her Grandma’s big floppy hat on to keep the sun out of her eyes. 

Gertrude carefully picks beans. She has a look of concentration on her face and she giggles when she finds the right bean to pick.

Her Grandma notices me outside and comes out to greet me. We both gaze at Gertrude picking beans and hear her every laugh every once in a while.

“I told her not to pick the really fat ones,” Gertrude’s Grandma Joyce says to me. “She’s so careful about which beans she picks now. She’s only made it a quarter way down the first row.”

I laugh and wave to Gertrude’s Grandpa, Arthur, digging in the large garden.

“Your planting seeds,” I tell Joyce. 


“Yes, in your granddaughter. Maybe, she’ll grow up and garden too.” 


©Mandibelle16.(2016) All Rights Reserved.

23 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Planting Seeds #amwriting #flashfiction #gardening

  1. ghostmmnc July 27, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    Sweet story…planting seeds of the love of gardening for the little girl. 🙂

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  2. izzy-grabs-life July 27, 2016 / 11:47 pm

    Ugh, such a heartwarming story. I felt like I was there watching her, too. Really great atmosphere, tone, and characterization in this take of the prompt. Excellent job with spreading out the seed (even to readers). And yes, that was definitely cheesy. I blame you lol.

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    • mandibelle16 July 28, 2016 / 12:17 am

      Hehe. Honestly, I didn’t want to directly talk about gardening so much. I use to putter in my Grandma’s garden as a girl of about three or four. So kind of based off that. Although, I’d never had the patience of Gertrude. And yes totally agree with you the “planting seed” thing is cheesy but I got stuck and this is what came out. Thanks Izzy 🙂


  3. Priceless Joy July 28, 2016 / 12:30 am

    This is so cute! I love how it ended, “You’re planting seeds.” Indeed she is planting seeds! Lovely story, Mandi!

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    • mandibelle16 July 28, 2016 / 12:32 am

      Thanks PJ. It’s a little cheesy but I think it’s kind of cute too 🙂


      • Priceless Joy July 28, 2016 / 12:35 am

        LOL! I didn’t think it was cheesy! I just thought it was cute.


  4. luckyjc007 July 28, 2016 / 3:59 am

    Cute story. It’s a great idea to start children early in learning all kinds of things and the garden is a perfect place. They feel the accomplishment of doing something helpful and they have fun at the same time. I’m sure she will remember picking those beans at her grandparents farm.

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    • mandibelle16 July 28, 2016 / 4:11 am

      Yes, I think so. Loosely based off my old childhood experiences but I was not patient like Gertrude. I think I preferred the peas and raspberry bushes that Icpuld just eat lol. Thank you Jessie 🙂

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  5. Jenn July 28, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Such an important skill to pass down. Sweet story.

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  6. Matthew Burgos July 28, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    A warm family story, Ms. Amanda. Gertrude is such a darling; I wonder [and hope, yes] if I can meet one day. Lovely words [as always,;)].

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  7. rosemawrites July 29, 2016 / 3:52 am

    awww. your breathing words vividly painted a touching tale of family. 🙂 Maybe she will garden soon like granny! ❤

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    • mandibelle16 July 29, 2016 / 4:10 am

      Thank you Rosema. Hehe in real life, the girl this is based off of, is not much into gardening. But this little girl is ambit different, she is very committed to picking the right beans. I believe she has a future in gardening, she’s already so careful doing it right. Thanks for your thoughts 💕

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  8. Lynn Love July 29, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    Oh, nicely done – sowing the seeds literally and metaphorically. Will she blossom, this little flower, do you think? My first time on FFfAW and lovely to see some familiar faces and read some great stories 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 July 29, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Yep, I think Gertrude likes it enough, she’ll keep helping her grandma for a while. And I picture her gardening as an adult when she’s settled. It’s quite in now, growing your own organic food 🙂

      Happy to see you on FfftAW Priceless Joy is wonderful and she finds an awesome variety of photos to write from. Hope you’ll stay, or at least write when you have time 🙂 💕

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      • Lynn Love July 29, 2016 / 5:51 pm

        Thank you – lovely to be here.
        You’re right, gardening can be something you come back to. My dad grew veg but I hated it as a kid – love my garden now 🙂

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  9. clcouch123 July 31, 2016 / 6:13 am

    What a pleasant and promising narrative. So much of life is seed-planting for what comes next. And who.

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    • mandibelle16 July 31, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks Christopher. Happy you enjoyed! Yes seed planting is a gigantic theme in life.

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