Seeds of Generosity

Charli Mills over at the Carrot Ranch posted her flash fiction challenge:
Seeds of Generosity

Spreading the seeds of generosity from one story to the next.

April 15, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that seeds generosity. Who is generous and why? Think of generosity as planting a future outcome. Go where the prompt leads!


Write a story about spreading the seeds generosity?  Well of course, that would be Gloria.  But, how can I tell the story of Gloria’s generosity in only 99 words?  Here is my story:

Gloria by Jennie Fitzkee

Gloria. That was the name children gave her. She was old, shy, and people had always called her a witch. When she came into a classroom of children, she couldn’t even speak. They were startled and curious; Gloria was, well, different. She lived in a picnic basket in the classroom. Whenever she visited the children, they were excited. When Halloween came around, children rallied to help Gloria pick a costume. The years rolled on, Gloria became a member of the class. Suddenly the tables were turned. She was the one who was ‘there’ to help children. Tears and hugs.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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50 Responses to Seeds of Generosity

  1. beetleypete says:

    You summed up the magic of Gloria perfectly, Jennie. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Darlene says:

    A perfect story for the prompt.

  3. srbottch says:

    And the rest is history. Just think of how many lives that Gloria has enriched. Amazing!

  4. quiall says:

    Gloria planted her seeds deep and with your generosity they flourished.

  5. these are the true seeds we plant each day. the impact is deeper than the roots we see

  6. willedare says:

    You are such a wonderful tonic to my spirit/soul, Jennie! I particularly love this sentence: “She lived in a picnic basket in the classroom.” Thank you for all you do!

  7. Great tie-in to the prompt, Jennie. Gloria is firmly planted.

  8. The seeds planted in your classroom through you and Gloria are going to bear fruit for generations.

  9. Dan Antion says:

    That’s beautiful, Jennie. Knowing how important Gloria is in your classroom, I think you did very well.

  10. Gloria is indeed the epitomy of generosity–and she gets back as much as she gives! Your 99-word story is the perfect tribute to her.

  11. petespringerauthor says:

    And the rest is history! Long live Gloria!

  12. frenchc1955 says:

    Hi Jennie, Well-done!!!

  13. thebenneys says:

    Aww this is lovely, it feels so real. Absolutely wonderful, Gloria living in the picnic basket being apart of the class and then the tables turn and she supports the children, how amazing. Thank you for you lovely blog

  14. thebenneys says:

    Oh wow, I’m going to have a look. I’m looking forward to the read. Have a nice day

  15. A beautiful 99-word story, Jennie. I remember when I spoke to Cotlands Baby Sanctuary [for abandoned and AIDS babies] they said the best gift for the babies was a stuffed toy they could cuddle and bond with. This story made me think of that.

  16. A lovely true story, Jennie. I’ve become a Gloria fan too. 🙂

  17. Norah says:

    This is so gorgeous, Jennie. I’m pleased you joined in. I hope you join in again.

  18. dgkaye says:

    A beautiful description of Gloria 🙂 xx

  19. What a wonderful flash. Is it really your first? I have been slow to make thr rounds lately but am sure glad I came by and read more about Gloria.

  20. Cant say it better, like Pete has done. :-)) xx

  21. GP says:

    It appears I lost the connection to you thanks to WordPress’ glitches – my apologies for not noticing sooner!

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