Granny’s Advice

Unlike the first three items in my “Granny” series, this is pure fiction and was inspired by a picture prompt exercise at Andover Writer’s Circle in March 2018. I have included the photo that was used as a prompt. Others wrote about cigarettes and the use of face cream. Why not have a stab at writing your own shortie based on this photo?

Uncle Albert

Uncle Albert always had sticky out ears. He told me that the boys at school called him Eff-Eh, after the FA Cup. He knew the reason why his ears had continued to develop in the mode of an African elephant rather than in proportion to the rest of his body. It was because he had ignored my granny’s advice. My granny, of course, was Uncle Albert’s Mum. She was very wise, but all of her wisdom had been inherited by my mother. My uncle had benefited from none of it.

“What did Granny tell you, Uncle Albert?” I asked.

“She told me that, if I continued to smoke, my body would shrink and my ears would grow. Luckily, I realised that she was right before it had gone too far.

I gave up smoking when I was fifteen. That’s why you’ll never see me with a lit cigarette between my lips. Take heed, young man. Always listen to Granny’s advice!”


About Lance Greenfield

Blog: email: I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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