WoW – Write a letter

A dusty pile of letters brings an adventure...

It’s Write on Wednesday again. This weeks prompt is to write a letter, you can read the full prompt here. Last year, Jimmy James wrote a letter, I was tempted to just link to that post again… but I won’t.

Instead, in the spirit of the Chapter Book Challenge, and for planning for that, I started looking at other letters he could write, and how the letter could impact, or be the result of, one of his adventures.

For this, I was toying with the letters that prompt this adventure being the Depression era or World War 2…

To explain a bit, my kids call their great-grandfather “Grandpa” and their grandfather is “Opa”, so there is no confusion. This would also be the end of the story.

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

Jimmy James sneezed as the dust settled. He looked at the letters in front of him. Never in a million years had he imagined what his great-grandmother had been through as a little girl during the Depression. While reading the letters, and the following adventure, courtesy of his socks, he had a better understanding of what made his great-grandmother tick.

He ran downstairs and pulled out a piece of paper and started to write:

Dear Grandma,

I have just read the letters you wrote to your pen pal when you were a little girl. I had no idea you had hardly any toys or new clothes and had to share a bed with your sisters.

It sounds like it could have been fun, though, playing with all the kids in the street. There aren’t any kids near my house who come out to play with me.

It’s really different to today. I have heaps of toys and get new clothes all the time.

I hope you don’t mind me reading your letters. They were really interesting.

Love, Jimmy James.

He carefully folded up his letter and took it in to the lounge room, where his great-grandmother sat drinking tea with his mum. He ran up to her, gave her a big hug and handed her the carefully written note.

Grandma read it and looked up at Jimmy James, tears in her eyes caused both by long forgotten memories and the note itself.

“It’s OK, Grandma,” Jimmy James gave her another hug, “I’ll help you in the garden in the morning, just like you asked, I understand now why your veggies are so important to you.”


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  1. Sarah Mac - people dont eat enough fudge says:

    I love the Jimmy James stories and I love the way you’ve used this weeks prompt 🙂

  2. I love this! I can see where kids will inadvertently be learning something while they are busy enjoying your book. 🙂

  3. You’re not supposed to make me cry at work!!
    That was a very beautiful story.

  4. sweet that the boy is emotional towards his grandma…. wants to help make life more pleasant….
    nice story..

  5. That was a very touching story of a boy and his Grandma. I really enjoyed every word, but the ending was the best. Super job on this prompt!

  6. That gave me little goosebumps – so sweet. And the understanding of why Grandma’s letters are so important…A lesson learnt.

    Good on you for resisting the urge to link up an older piece. This would have been fine of course but then you would never have written this part of your story.

  7. I love it! I always love connections between generations, the threads that bind. Beautifully told, Melissa.

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