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Family Traditions

Jeremy absolutely refused to throw up this year. Each time the third of December rolled around, an invitation would drop on his parents’ doorstep and everyone was buddle into the car. The uncles all pulled together and paid for a private ferry, cramming every last distant relative into the dam boat before setting off on the ‘scenic’ way to Great Aunt Edie’s house somewhere off the coast of Scotland.

The sea sickness struck ten minutes in, turning Jeremy a not-so-festive shade of green.

“Feeling alright love?” asked his grandmother, stitching hankies with robins. “Feeling queasy?”

Jeremy nodded.

“Oh well.” she said. “We all have our Christmas traditions.”



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Carol Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on a poetry collection 'It's All In The Blood'. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. jacksonzombie says

    Poor Jeremy! Can’t you just imagine him telling his kids about this particular holiday memory when he’s a dad?

    • It might be ones of those things he leaves out while talking about his childhood, or perhaps one another family member tells the children about.

  2. Anonymous says

    Dear Carol,

    I’m sure Jeremy could live without that Christmas tradition. Nice one.



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