Copyright — Randy Mazie

Here we are gathered together for another week. This time we’re in the comfortable virtual conference room of a large modern library. We’re here once more to discuss our original stories for Friday Fictioneers. Our talented and gracious hostess for the gathering is author and artist Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The weekly challenge is to write a story with no more than 100 words.  It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Randy Mazie. Thanks Randy.

I also want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all who’ll celebrate that day this week!

The link for all other stories is as follows:

Genre:  Nonfiction Memoir

Word Count:  100 Words

THE READER by P.S. Joshi

There were many readers in Dad’s family, including Dad and his parents of course. But the person I remember most for reading was Grandma’s sister, Aunt Gert.

Her eyesight had been poor for years. Dad said when young, she’d stand stirring food on the stove and reading at the same time.

I remember her in her seventies and eighties sitting in the front room of her home, thick glasses on, large magnifying glass held over the print of a book, head bent, reading by the hour.

Her younger son had subscribed to the Book of the Month Club for her.



31 thoughts on “THE READER

  1. I like how you came at this image from an inside-someone’s-story way. I think it is very difficult to write something that speaks that clearly about a character without hitting people over the head with excessive detail. Your word choice and voice gave this character life.


  2. My daughter and daughter in-law are both such readers. Hopefully, this gene will be passed on to my grandchildren and they will learn to appreciate the joy that only books can provide. Wonderful piece, Susan. I would have liked your Aunt Gert too.


  3. My Dad’s a big reader as well, but he stopped reading as much when his eyesight started to go. But then he got glasses and once again he’s devouring books and the Farmer’s Weekly. Glad to see there are still families sharing in the love of literature apart from my own.


    • Thanks so much Doug. I’m so very glad you liked the story. Thanks once again for the encouragement. She was a great old lady. It’s been many years now, but I can still see her sitting there reading. 🙂 — Susan


    • Thanks Olga. She was quite a lady. She didn’t let poor eyesight stop her and was interested to hear if someone was going to take a trip. She traveled out West in the U.S. on the train in the early part of the 20th Century with two small children and a baby to see her husband who was working for the railroad there. Being able to adjust the print size is great. 🙂 — Suzanne


  4. I was the reader in my family. Even today I made our spare bedroom into a library. My wife did make me dispose of some paperbacks in our last move. My wife kids me my mother was in labor so long because I wasn’t finished reading.



    • Thanks Danny. That about your mother’s labor was hilarious. 😀 Your wife has a great sense of humor. My son made me turn some of my books into the used book story. I didn’t have enough shelf space and, being a voracious reader, he could get credit and get the books he wanted or used DVD’s the store also carried. He somehow got a book I wanted to keep in with them and I had to go and buy it back. 🙂 — Susan


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