Ginny Cooks

Ginny looked at the mess bubbling in her saucepan and wrinkled her nose. It just wasn’t good enough. Not even Rupert, their canine dustbin, would eat that. For the second time that morning she scraped the contents into the bin. Slumping in a chair she glared at her traitorous kitchen. The cupboards, so full they barely closed, yielded nothing useful.

Green was easy: cabbage, sprouts, apples and lime jelly. Yellow was a breeze: cheese, bananas, custard and lemon drizzle cake. Red was manageable: tomatoes and strawberry jam.

But this morning her autistic son had announced that today was a grey day.

This post was written as part of the 100 word challenge for grown ups at Julia’s Place.

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11 Responses to Ginny Cooks

  1. So sad, trying to please someone who perhaps, can’t be. Love and pain often go hand in hand in the trying. (And no, you’re you’re not just talking to yourself — at least not now.)

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Now that would be difficult, very clever idea!

  3. Meat is grey. Just give him a slab of steak!

  4. Delft says:

    I love the canine dustbin :-). Great twist about the grey day. Easy though: just put it through the blender…
    A great combination of the light-hearted and the serious.

  5. Sarah Miles says:

    I thought this is very clever, with the sharp pang at the end. Grey is for cruel.

  6. DancingInTheRain says:

    I love this Sally-Jayne. Really interesting writing with a serious ending. I was drawn in straight away. Great use of the prompt. Totally unexpected and so realistic. The mother is wonderfully patient – I felt like going through all the foods I know, in my mind, in order to help her out. I recently graduated as an ABA therapist – a specific method of teaching autistic children, so I particularly connected to this.

    • Sally-Jayne says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I really admire anyone who works with autistic children – so much patience chipping a way at the walls of autism to reach the child within, and make such a small breakthrough each time. I think it takes a really special person to do that.

  7. JazzBumpa says:


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