A short story

for Sadje’s What Do You See? picture prompt.




She used to love reading books; romances, adventures, mysteries, she read them all.

Over time she found it more difficult to make out the words on the page, and eventually, she had to accept the fact that her days of reading were over.


“What’s that?” she asked her grandson, Freddie.

“A laptop, Nan” he replied. Her confused expression suggested that she hadn’t a clue what a laptop was, but it didn’t take Freddie long to tell her all about it. 

“Why have you brought it with you?” she asked.

“So I can read you a story!” he replied.


Freddie now takes his laptop to his Nan’s every Thursday after school.

“Are you sitting comfortably?” he asks. “Then I’ll begin”.



0When I was a small child, every afternoon I’d listen to a programme on the BBC Home Service called Listen With Mother.

“Are you sitting comfortably?” the nice person on the radio would ask. “Then I’ll begin”.

And yes, that’s me!




If you’d like to hear a clip from a broadcast, just click the link below!




 Prompt image credit; Sasint @ Pixabay

31 thoughts on “A short story

  1. Sadje Nov 29, 2021 / 15:48

    Keith this is such a heartwarming story! When the children are so considerate of their elders, the worlds is a a better place. Thanks for joining in and for sharing something from your own childhood. You were adorable 🥰

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  2. jenne49 Nov 29, 2021 / 19:23

    Aw, wee cutie in the photo, Keith! And a heartwarming story taking ‘Listen with Mother’ full circle.

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  3. SamSahana Dec 6, 2021 / 05:10

    Wow, the revelation at the end was just BEAUUUTIFUL!!! Such a heartwarming little story. What a very sweet, kind child you were. Phenomenal!

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  4. Chris Hall Dec 6, 2021 / 07:04

    Thanks for the memory, Keith. I well remember ‘Listen with Mother’ 🙂 Such posh BBC voices!

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