To Board or Not to Board #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Excerpt #Inspiration

Welcome to another edition of Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up. This week’s given word from Girlie on the Edge is “board.” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

In the following scene from Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, told from sixteen-year-old Natalie’s point of view, the family is planning to visit grandparents in another city over the Thanksgiving holiday, but there’s the question of what to do with the dog.

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“We still haven’t gotten him house trained,” said Mom. “I’m sure your folks won’t appreciate him peeing and pooping all over the place. I’ll call that vet you took him to when you found him and see if they can board him over the weekend.”

“No!” cried Sarah, jumping to her feet and rushing to the crate.

“Sarah, you get back here and finish your breakfast!” Mom commanded.

Sarah turned and came back to the table, looking like she was ready to cry as Squeakers whined again.

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So, does Squeakers get to visit the grandparents, too? You’ll have to read the book and find out.

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

19 thoughts on “To Board or Not to Board #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Excerpt #Inspiration”

    1. When I was in high school, my family’s Irish setter didn’t like staying in kennels. Once, after we’d been gone a week, when we picked him up, it appeared he hadn’t eaten. We were told he’d jumped the fence once. This was in the 1970s, before pet sitters.

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