FF – Motherhood

Photo credit: Miles Rost


We used to go for walks across the bridge. In the middle there’s this bit that sticks out, so you can stop and look through the fence and watch the trains and swans underneath. The trains chatter and race. Mummy used to say they were racing to the next delay.

I liked the swans better. They glided down the river however fast the river flowed. Last time we went, there was a mummy swan with a little baby. Mummy said she was teaching it to swim, but the little swan was going first. I think it was teaching her too.


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37 responses to “FF – Motherhood

  1. The logic is impecable

  2. What a charming story. It’s rare that we have a soliloquy on Friday Fictioneers, and this one is beautifully written.

  3. Absolutely spot on! Well done.

  4. Dear Jen,

    I loved the metaphor of the baby teaching the mummy swan. Life is like that, isn’t it? Our children do teach us things. 😉 Lovely write.



  5. Feels like lovely memories. Well done, Elmo.

  6. michael1148humphris

    From a far I watched a pair of swans on their nest this morning. I hope that we humans can learn to cherish the ability to learn

  7. This one brought a smile. The baby swan was clearly a go-getter!

  8. We’re constantly learning. Once we think there’s nothing left to learn, we’re in trouble.

  9. Beautifully written from the child’s voice and viewpoint. Love it.

  10. This is lovely, and rings very true to children’s view of life, and their interpretation of the Truth, that, indeed, they are sometimes their parents’ teachers! 🙂

  11. It’s lovely to write with the voice of our inner child now and again, and what you’ve given us today is simply delightful.

    Here’s mine!

  12. Such a charming piece. I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you!

  13. Most times a child’s perspective on life is so relaxing.

  14. Beautiful story this week. Wonderful image.

  15. Love this. I almost wrote my entry about kids walking along the path as well, but switched it up last minute! Great work!

  16. Such a sweet story, beautifully done.

  17. What a sweet story, Jen. I love the POV and the lesson.

  18. methinks, little swam had the courage to go first knowing that mummy had its back. 🙂

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