Saturday Centus – Wk#105 – Prompt: “It is our pleasure…” – 104 words – “Anniversary”

06 May

How could we say no? Our children wanted to prepare our anniversary meal.
Noises came from the kitchen until our son appeared, “It is our pleasure to provide you with an anniversary meal.”
We smiled at his seriousness.
The meal was three-course. Chocolate cookies were the appetizers followed by the main course of sandwiches with… we weren’t quite sure. Dessert was ice cream covered in marshmallows.
At bedtime, we kissed them goodnight, proud of how they’d tried to make the evening special.
As we started the clean up, we decided it was the best meal we’d ever had. The company always makes the difference.


Posted by on May 6, 2012 in 2. Saturday Centus


14 responses to “Saturday Centus – Wk#105 – Prompt: “It is our pleasure…” – 104 words – “Anniversary”

  1. Dreaming

    May 6, 2012 at 22:37

    What a sweet Centus. I could just see children making a special meal – for those of us lucky enough to have kids… we’ve probably all enjoyed something similar! Thanks for bringing back the memories

    • Ross Mannell

      May 7, 2012 at 10:36

      Thanks for the comment.

      I have never had children of my own but, as a teacher, I have been a part of very many children’s lives and occasionally care two when their mother is away on courses. I treasure the moments. My teaching memories often influence the stories I write.

  2. Anita

    May 6, 2012 at 23:03

    What a sweet story. It’s rarely about the food and almost certainly about the company we keep and the love we share. My husband and I were just saying that our best meals on our Patagonian trip have been canned tuna and crackers…eaten while sitting beneath a towering glacier topped peak. Wonderful post. And thanks for your kind comments on my blog too. Have a great week.

    • Ross Mannell

      May 7, 2012 at 10:42

      Thanks for the comment.

      Your experience is very much to the point made in the story. Food is just food but even the simplest meal can be a banquet when shared with those you love. 🙂

  3. Judie McEwen

    May 6, 2012 at 23:53

    Ross, our granddaughter, Grace, has always loved to make a family meal like eating in a restaurant. She makes up a menu for each person and then takes orders on a pad. Now that she is older, she even makes the desserts, with more than one from which to choose!

    Thank you for your comment on my post. If you have looked over my blog, you will have seen that Dick Rink and I wrote a children’s book, The Lost Egg, last year. You can read it by clicking on the link on my right side-bar. We are currently working on another one.

    • Ross Mannell

      May 7, 2012 at 10:46

      Thanks for the comment.

      Your granddaughter is very much in line with the story. She is a treasure to her lucky grandparents. 🙂

      I’ll be having a look at the book. I have written and told many stories for children over the years but have yet to have anything published, although I don’t pursue this too actively as writing is more a hobby and many stories were made up on the spot and lost in time.

      “The Lost Egg” is a beautiful story. The artwork compliments the storyline. I think this is a higher form in a similar theme to “Are You My Mother?”. Thanks for sharing. I have the PDF version. 🙂

  4. laurie

    May 7, 2012 at 11:18

    What fun! I could visualize the excited children and also the parents smiling over their unknown sandwiches. Great job! laurie

    • Ross Mannell

      May 7, 2012 at 13:33

      Thanks for the comment.

      Children, when they try, can amaze us with what they can do. The details may not be great but the experience is worth it.

  5. liz2you

    May 9, 2012 at 04:47

    I like this one!!

    • Ross Mannell

      May 10, 2012 at 19:25

      Thanks for the comment.

      The company always makes a difference even if the food is unusual.

  6. Judee

    May 10, 2012 at 17:33

    Such a sweet tale, well told. It makes me wonder if it actually happened. Love the last lines, they are so true!

    • Ross Mannell

      May 10, 2012 at 19:32

      Thanks for the comment.

      There is an example of this if you look at the comment left by Judy McEwen above. Her granddaughter even wrote menus and offered meal options. Kids can be wonderful. The final sentences were the idea behind the story.

  7. Jenny Matlock

    May 20, 2012 at 07:41

    Gosh, some of my fondest memories involve meals made by my children! The menu, the planning, the giggling, the mess.

    Thanks for taking me back in my memories.

    This was a lovely post.

    • Ross Mannell

      May 20, 2012 at 08:30

      Thanks for the comment.

      Children learn from example. Sharing these moments set them on the path to a good life. Hopefully, they end up good cooks. I remember sharing with my mother as I grew and can handle cooking because of it. 🙂


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