Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pay it forward - Jasmine Stands

[This is a work of fiction.]

My father never let me miss not having a mother. Everything a girl would want, I got. Except, perhaps, one thing. He never thought to get me flowers for my hair. Every Friday, my friend had jasmine flowers, and I did not. Her mother noticed- "Would you like some too?", she asked. "Papa wouldn't like it", I replied. She must have spoken to my father- that Friday and every Friday after that, he got me jasmine strands for my hair.

I still wear jasmine on Friday. I buy three strands- one for me, two for girls who cannot have them.

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

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Mason Canyon said...

Wonderful story. I like the idea of wearing jasmine in your hair.

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Anonymous said...

Very touching.

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - This is a terrific story on so many levels. I really like the image of the father who is so concerned about his daughter. Lovely story!

Jemi Fraser said...

Great characters in such a small space :)

Tina said...

This is a favorite of your drabbles. Loved this touching little tale.

Clarissa Draper said...

What a tradition. I've never heard of it before. But, it sounds like a lovely way to bond with your girls.

Mary said...

This one brought a tear. It moves o favorite. Beautiful.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's sweet you buy extra ones!

Jules said...

A most beautiful pay-it-forward. Such a huge chunk of heart in so few words. :)

My mother loves jasmine.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

slommler said...

Jasmine in the hair sounds so wonderful!! And the fact that you are paying it forward is so special!!

Laura Eno said...

Not only a wonderful drabble, but a beautiful thought as well!

Theres just life said...

A very touching story to go along with a great photo. I really like the father, doing the best he knows how for his daughter, and not afraid to take the advise of others. That is true fatherly love.

Diane Marie Shaw said...

What a beautiful story.
I have never heard of a Drabble. I am going to try to write one. I would imagine it will be a real challenge.
By the way I love the fragrance of Jasmine. If I could wear Jasmine flowers in my hair I would be very happy.

Jackee said...

I always love your drabbles but I think this one is my favorite! It's brimming with voice and tone.

Thanks for sharing, Rayna! :o)

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Mason- Indian women love wearing flowers in their hair. And while tucking a single flower behind the year was in vogue for a short while, most women prefer strings of jasmine.

@ Fiona - thank you

@ Margot- thank you so much. Someday, I am going to do the drabble from the PoV of the father- he seems such a dear.

@ Jemi- thank you. When I saw this lady, I fell in love with her smile- was almost tempted to introduce myself to her, but figured I would rather not get her story from herself.

@ Tina- thank you so much. I do like this one a lot myself

@ Clarissa- most 'traditional' women wear flowers at least on Fridays, and often it is the older woman who gets it for the daughters and daughters in law.

@ Mary- thank you. If I say so myself this is one of my favourite ones too.

@ Alex- thank you. I don't wear flowers myself (my hair is not long enough), but I do often buy it for the daughter of the lady I buy my veggies from

@ Jules- I love the flower myself

@ SueAnn- thank you. This is a story, but I do think it could have happened

@ Laura- thank you

@ Theres just life- I have never known a father like him, but my father was so wonderful, I can guess
@ Diane- drabbles are a great writing exercise- helps you get to the bare essentials of a story really fast. And I love jasmines too.

@ Jackee- thank you. It is one of my favourite drabbles too.


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