Objects and Owners: a micro story for my grandpa

I’m feeling all creative and so have decided to make today’s post a little bit different by publishing a micro-story.

For those who don’t know, micro stories (also known as flash fiction) are told in 300 words or less, and as such, can be quite challenging! I challenged myself to a 100 word limit today, I think I managed it…just…about!

My inspiration was the little glass money-pig pictured. It was my grandpa’s pig when he was a boy, then my mum’s, then mine and tomorrow it will become my baby daughter’s on her first birthday.

I suppose it’s really a story all about the little objects in life that bind us together as family.

The Money-pig

The tiny glass snout, glued purposefully back into place – the scars from a dinky toy pile up by the pond; the beady black eyes and triangular ears – so carefully drawn and varnished by candle light to the tune of the bombers; a curly tail to rival all others;
a jangly ha’penny swallowed forever.

He couldn’t talk by then, but his inner child revealed the long lost days of summer with a blink of his eyes.

He blinked again and there were tears of pride from this old man; for the young lady; the new baby; and the little glass money-pig.

Pressing publish feels very daunting.. but here goes!

If you can spare the time, I would be really grateful for some honest feedback on my first attempt at flash fiction/micro story telling.


22 thoughts on “Objects and Owners: a micro story for my grandpa”

  1. What a wonderful heirloom to pass down to your daughter. I quite liked your little story, once I reached the end I was left wanting more. Well done!


    1. Thank you, I’m delighted to hear that! Yes, a cute little piggy-if he could talk he would have a lot of stories to tell from years of family observation-that’s for sure!


    1. Thank you for your kind comment. Haha – yes – and what a year!! Was saying much the same to Mr Glasgowdragonfly last night after the third get up in the middle of the night 😉


  2. This is beautiful. I am sitting here with tears on my cheeks, so touched by this. and happy birthday to your blessed daughter. I hope you both have many years of love and beautiful memories.


  3. Hey there! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s been a while since I have been in the mood for creative writing and so delighted with the words of encouragement on here. Hopefully the story will be passed along with the piggy now (who must soon be celebrating its centenary!) x


  4. In this flash you captured an heirloom’s beginning and continuing, evoking childhood renewed. Your descriptions are bordering on poetic, which is one reason I like flash. It challenges us prose writers to focus on the importance of each word as the poets do. If you like practicing the flash craft, join us at carrotranch.com for weekly challenges. I’d love to read more of your “constrained” words.


    1. Thank you so much for your generous words of encouragement. It was very challenging but hugely satisfying writing this micro mini story. I am now following Carrotranch and look forward to hearing more!


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