Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 7 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
Your “Secret Subject” is:
What was the weirdest thing you ever received on Halloween or your kids?
It was submitted by: https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/
Thank you Dawn!
This one is a hard one for me. As much as I’ve racked my brain I can’t remember anything weird that we ever received for Halloween. I guess really that’s a good thing. Who wants to find anything weird in their candy bags.
The next thing I tried to think of is if I’ve ever been given anything weird at any other time in my life. I couldn’t think of anything there either. Either I’m entirely normal (doubt it) or incredibly boring (proabably more like it).
Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays. We always lived in rural areas when our kids were growing up so it meant driving my kids to other places so they could get their share of goodies. I had never had a trick or treater at my house until two years ago.
This year we had one group of treaters who mugged my husband for the candy as soon as he opened the door. The rest of the bowl sits on the dining room table calling to me throughout the day for my quick candy fix.
I am not much of a sweets eater, I prefer my snacks salty. I don’t even like chocolate at all. I do love caramel though. Give me some salty potato chips over a candy bar any day! I feel like I’m not doing this prompt justice, but it’s all I could come up with!
Matthew came back down the steps of the root cellar slowly trying to figure out what to say to the women. How could he explain that everything was gone? Nothing had survived except part of the barn. Grace had been through so much. Losing her husband while pregnant, delivering the baby during a tornado in a root cellar and now he must tell her she doesn’t have anything but the baby at her breast.
Emily saw his face first, “what is it Matthew? What’s wrong?”
Grace’s head snapped up quickly reading the look on his face. “Is there a lot of damage?” She asked him.
“It’s all gone,” he said quietly.
“What do you mean it’s all gone?” Grace said trying to sit up.
“The farm is gone, Grace. The house, the barn everything.”
Grace’s face had gone porcelain white, “no, no, no!” She said upsetting the baby who began to cry. She automatically started rocking her new baby girl. “What are we going to do? Where will we live? What about the baby?”
“Now Grace, don’t panic. We’re here and nobody’s hurt,” he said trying to find the positive in this horrible situation.
Emmy had gone up the steps behind him when he started talking and she fell back against the root cellar door when she saw all of the destruction. After all they had been through the last 24 hours had solidified them as a family and this was to be their first crisis. They would get through this together.
“Well, it’s all gone, but I think we can find some things in the mess that we can use. We’ll need to go through the house and what’s left of the barn and start separating out supplies so that we can start rebuilding.” Emmy said trying to stay positive.
“We can stay here in the root cellar for now. At least it’s dry and safe,” Matt said. “It may be crowded for a while but we’ll figure it all out. We’ll rebuild better than before.”
“I don’t want to rebuild here,” Grace said surprising them and herself at the same time. “This place represents nothing but loss to me. I lost my Patrick, I lost my home. I want to go somewhere else. I want to start over with Patty and I want to do it with the two of you.”
“Well,” Matt said, scratching his head as he sat down at the stool recently vacated by Emmy. “Before, I took the job here I was considering heading west. I’ve heard it’s a great place for a new start. There are hundreds of people who are heading that way. If we could become part of a group I think it would be safe enough for the baby, but it wouldn’t be easy.”
“I’ve never had it easy Matthew,” Grace said. “What do we have to lose?”
“It will take a while. We won’t be able to leave until next Spring when the next group pulls out. That will give us time to clean up here, sell what we can, get rid of the land and use it to build a new life out west. It will be a lot of hard work, but if you’re in I’m in,” Matthew said looking at both women.
“I’ll go,” said Emmy, “I have nothing to hold me here, besides you two could use the help.”
Grace grabbed Emmy’s hand. “We’re family now. I wouldn’t go without you she said to her friend who felt more like a sister. I’m in too,” Grace said.
“Okay,” Matthew said taking charge, “we need to make a list of things we need to get done. Emmy, you do that. I’m going to go outside and see what I can scavenger. I’ll bring it out and Grace, with Emmy’s help can go through it. We’ll clean up everything and then go into town and put the land up for sale. That should buy us what we need to outfit ourselves for a safe and successful trip west.
Stay tuned next week for part 7!
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Spatulas on Parade https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
Our Prime Years https://ourprimeyears.com/blog/
Sarah Nolan https://www.writersarahnolan.blogspot.com/
Part-time Working Hockey Mom https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/