Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post, you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I’m using: balloon ~ prosecco ~ watch ~ browsing ~ neglected ~ spot
They were submitted by: https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
Thanks Tamara! I literally had to make sure that you could have balloons in this time period! Luckily they were invented in 1824.
Matthew, Emma & Grace poured over the crude map late into the night. They had done this same thing night after night for weeks on end as they were doing what had to be done to get ready to hit the trail heading west to a new life for this little family by choice.
There had been so many important decisions that had to be made, land to sell, equipment to purchase and as they took care of business little Patty grew bigger every day surrounded by the love of the three adults that had promised to watch over her for the rest of their lives.
“I can’t believe we’re pulling out of here in two days’ time,” Emmy said, “these last few months have flown by.”
“Well believe it,” Matthew said unable to contain his excitement. “We’ve all work really hard. Both of you selling your land and most of your belongings to buy what we need. I feel like I’ve not pulled my weight and I don’t know what to do about it.”
“We’re a family and if it weren’t for you none of us would be here today,” Grace said automatically looking over at little Patty asleep in the cradle that Matthew had made her. We couldn’t do this without you and we wouldn’t want to.”
“Agreed,” Emmy said raising her hand.
“Now let’s make sure we’re taking what we’re going to need. We’ve got the two wagons and five horses with Emmy driving one and me the other. You riding Smoke mostly.” Grace said retelling it again like they had done every single night as they had added to their possessions.
Emmy said, “we have Bessie for milk. We have 10 chickens for eggs. In Grace’s wagon, we have everything we’ll need to set up a house along with our most precious item.” She looked over at Patty. They were all crazy about the little girl who had come into the world in the middle of a tornado. “In my wagon, we’ll have the tools we’ll need to build the farm along with the tools and feed that we’ll need to take care of the wagons and animals.”
They had spent the last few days in town acquiring all that we would need and they were all anxious to get started even though truth be told they were all three scared to death. They hadn’t neglected any of the details that would be necessary for a safe journey across the country that they couldn’t even imagine. They had set their sites on Oregon knowing that there was no way to anticipate all of the things that they would go through.
“This is the spot that I’m worried about first,” Matthew had said for at least the hundredth time as he pointed to the Ohio River which would be their first major river crossing. If it’s been a rainy spring this could be a nightmare. He’d had a nightmare a few nights ago of the wagon going down in the rushing water with little Patty still inside.
“We’ll have to watch it here too,” Emmy said pointing to the mountains they would run into within days of leaving town. They knew this map by heart. It was their most prized possession because it held the key to their future.
Grace was browsing over the list of items trying to see into the future and decide today what they would need. An impossible task, but one she practiced often. Tomorrow she would go out to the farm for the last time to say goodbye to her Patrick. She still missed him every single day, especially when she looked at Patty but now the loneliness was easier with the addition of Matthew and Emmy into her life.
The next day Matthew was walking through the General Store one last time when he spotted a good bottle of prosecco that would be perfect for a celebration. He pictured them opening it their first night on their new homestead and decided he’d find a place to put it on the already stuffed wagon. It was a little something special that he could give to all of them. He added a balloon for little Patty. Something colorful to tie to her cradle for as long as it would last.
He couldn’t’ believe that the time was already here. They would head out tomorrow morning with a group of 15 other families. It was marked on their calendar in big red circles. May 1st, 1836. It would take them a month to reach the start of the Oregon Trail and then three months to reach their stopping point. It was going to be a long summer.
Stay Tuned For Part 7
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado https://www.bakinginatornado.com
Spatulas on Parade https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
On the Border https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
Follow Me Home https://followmehome.shellybean.com
Sarah Nolan https://www.writersarahnolan.blogspot.com/
Part-time Working Hockey Mom https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/