My gift to you – Friday Fictioneers

This weeks Friday Fictioneers writer’s challenge is the following photo prompt! The goal, write a short, flash fiction story that is 100 words or less! For more information on how you can be a part of this fun weekly writing challenge click on the link above. As always thank you Rochelle for offering a weekly opportunity for writers to improve their writing skills. The photo prompt (thank you Scott Vanatter with permission/copyright- Indira) and my offering today:




My Gift to You

As a tree my gift to you, I give daily. The beauty of varied and colorful appendages, cloaked and uncloaked during the seasons of change. Branches you climb, games you played, love you carved, memories you’ve accumulated from childhood to present day. My gift to you has always existed, a richer cleaner air for you to breath. My gift to all living things, shelter for lodging, food for nourishment, and recreation for playing. My gift to you is gentle.The shade on a sunny day. The shelter from stormy weather. My gift to you has always been.

Your gift to me …


tree stump


Penny L. Howe, 2013


101 thoughts on “My gift to you – Friday Fictioneers

  1. It will not be wrong to infer that this humanity is due to trees but do we give back to the trees as we take. I think not. Incredible thoughts by you. God bless you. Also, thank you for visiting my blog. Do visit again please

  2. Just like “The Giving Tree,” your story powerfully captures the beauty and wonder of a tree giving so much … and then getting whacked in the end. A moving story you have written.

  3. Dear Penny,
    There’s not much I can say that hasn’t already been said. Running around playing catch-up. 😉 Beautifully written. Poignant and I loved the impacting visual ending. Well done.

    • Thank you Rochelle, I think sometimes words just come out the way you want them. I love when that happens. The picture, well just couldn’t help myself (I know you know what I mean)! Again thank you for your fulsome compliments, Penny 🙂

  4. Penny your words are beautiful, so poetic. The image at the end felt like I was looking at a murder scene, it was so shocking! Very powerful and very effective piece. 🙂

  5. You condensed Shel Silverstien’s ‘The Giving Tree’ into 100 words.
    Cities need trees too, officials just need to be aware of how fast something grows and replace it when it gets diseased or to big for the space.

    In one of the places I lived a tree’s roots on city property destroyed our sewer looking for water. It seems the city planted the tree and then forgot about it. Then told us we couldn’t take it down. It was found that the aged tree was diseased so it did get taken down, not by us. There needs to be places where growth is diverse as well as staggered in stages so that the removal of one tree doesn’t devastate the landscape.

    Thanks for your visit.

    • HI Jules, thank you so much. That is a huge compliment comparing my words to the brilliance of Silverstein’s well known children’s story. Your thoughts re: conservation of trees are excellent ones also, thank you.

  6. Looks like your poor tree was doubly cursed–first by the hardscape which blocked the water from its roots; secondly, by the chain saw which toppled it. You presented your sad message well.

  7. Really good story that makes you feel guilty at the end! I’m going to try and write something for this picture too for tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes..!

      • You have to have a positive attitude, it’s true. I think it has gone too far to fix, except by miracle. I absolutely believe in and have experience of miracles. 🙂

        • Thank you Ann. Your last comment has made my day. Just hearing one person (and I know there are really lots more out there) say she believes in (and having experience – me too) miracles is most excellent! 🙂

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    • Thanks Deana, I also hope it has some small impact. I believe in little steps of positivity every day. Just little ones, to help us move forward to a better world! Again my thanks for your sincere and caring comments!

    • Thank you. There are those things I do have rather strong opinions about. I’m guessing that shows up here pretty clearly! Thank you for your lovely compliment, it is very much appreciated by me! 🙂 xx

    • Thank you bulldog so very much. Sorry it took me a while to get to your interview. I am currently finishing up a personal written project and the publisher is politely nudging me to expedite! I am here, however if you need to run any other ideas by me, as always, your dear friend, Penny 🙂

    • I know. It is so hurtful for me to know there are sustainable solutions to the planet’s human growth/economic factors, but powers that be seem not to be heading in that direction! Sigh, I hope for more change there.

  9. That was very powerful. It reminded me of the gift that the boaters on the Canal du Midi and the Garonne convey on the diminishing stock of plane trees edging the waterways. By tying their ropes to trees, banging into the roots that line the bank and carving their initials on their trunks they pass on ‘chancre colere’ which is untreatabe. Well done.

  10. Penny this is simply delightful and thought provoking. I’m not a ‘go a hug a tree person’, but I do value them, their sustenance, their joy and what they can produce and how they help us in our every day lives and it is sad when much older trees are cut down. Enjoyed your words.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I’m not a tree hugger either. But I will admit to being a science “nut” with some concerns regarding deforestation and the (as a result) dying of so many important living creatures needed to maintain a balance of the planet’s natural ecosystem. especially when there are now better ways to meet our building and energy needs. Again my thanks for your visit to my blog! 🙂

    • Thank you Susan, some may think I have some concerns about deforestation on the planet. They would be right! Hopefully, gentle messages can make a gentle difference in mentality about the future and our responsibility. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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