Short Story Sunday: Up or Down?

 I like to keep Mother’s Day low key. No Sunday Brunch. No fancy dinners. Maybe some fresh strawberries and a nice bottle of wine, but that is about it.

This morning I let my husband sleep in (yes, on Mother’s Day) and my children and I took a walk in the woods that surround my neighborhood.

My eight year old son Jake, and six year old daughter Sophia ran along the trail with our large unruly mongrel dog.

They ran back to me, each one taking a hand.

Usually I tell them stories. Their favorite is the legend of the blind witch Emily DeLaforte who once lived in the woods all alone. Her eyes were white and sightless, but she saw everything and knew everything, including good and evil in the hearts of people she came into contact with. Emily was a witch but she always served the forces of evil.

Then my son looked up at me with big brown eyes and asked me a questions. “Did Grandma go up or down?”

“Up or down were?”

“I know Grandpa went down. Where did Grandma go when she died?”

Ohhhhhhhh. That was a hard one. I have to admit that part of me was laughing. I also have to admit that part of me was thinking what a precious child I had here. Oh my goodness.

I had an answer. Maybe it wasn’t the best answer but it worked for today. I said, “I don’t know. If Grandma is went down south to, you know, I bet she is hitting Grandpa over the head with a baseball bat and yelling at him for the next million years. If she went up then I hope the crazy old bat finally found the peace and calm that she never had in life.”

I could have told my children to keep this little conversation a secret but I didn’t. Had it been a secret they would have immediately told their dad. As just a conversation I knew they’d keep it to themselves.

My kids quickly forgot about the ups and downs of their grandparents, and ran down the trail with the dog. Tomorrow will bring more questions about who knows what. And as their mom I’ll always try to give them answers.

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This story is from a prompt from one of my favorite bloggers Jennifer at

The Deep Woods #35


~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman