“Sweet Jam,” #Flash #Fiction

It’s been awhile since I had the time to join in with my favorite flash fiction challenge. Today, I finally made it.

The Carrot Ranch August 15, 2019, flash fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a sweet jam. It can take you to the kitchen or the smokey room of a back-alley bar. What makes it sweet? Go where the prompt leads you!

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Sweet Jam

One of the fondest memories I have of my mother in law was the day we made strawberry jam. The kids washed the flats of strawberries in the sink, careful to pinch off only the green leaves. I dumped the ripe fruit into the pot.

Arlene never measured ingredients. She didn’t have to. Like a conductor at a symphony, she coaxed the natural sweetness out of the berries cooking on the stove before she added any additional sugar.

The older girls filled the jars with the delectable strawberry compote. Billy the toddler, dipped his fingers into the sweet jam.

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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32 Comments

  1. Makes me wish I had some!

  2. Gotta love strawberry jam!

  3. Especially when you helped make it!

  4. Lovely Colleen.. I can taste it from here..♥

  5. Lot of fond memories of my mother and grandmother making jam after a long day of berry picking in the wilds.

  6. Jam is one of those gateways to memories, and yours is sweet. I’m glad you wrote about your MIL and that time you shared in the kitchen with her, Colleen.

  7. Loved your take…I have similar memories with my apple tree and my mom 🙂

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  9. I was a “Billy” growing up when my mom would make freezer jam!

  10. Yum, this was delicious Sis <3

  11. Yum! I love strawberry jam! I go for the sugar-free, as well.

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  13. This made my mouth water for some sweet strawberry jam.

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