OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhyllis always likes to look smart. Brought up by strict Jamaican parents, they’d instilled in her that pride cost nothing, but made you feel like a million dollars; which since the family moved to England only equated to £700 but she didn’t care.

They’d despaired at her lack of aspiration; settling (in their words) to marry a salesman.

They hadn’t lived to see what the couple would make of their lives, but Phyllis still thinks of them fondly as she stands in front of the full-length mirror wearing the new outfit she’s chosen for the weekly shopping trip; to the shop which bears a royal crest, that delivers her Christmas hamper, and is situated between her favourite afternoon tea treat and Ernest’s tailors.

So, as she stands there, and places the matching hat on top of her neatly coiffured curls, she smiles, looks up to the ceiling and says “and you said it couldn’t be done”.


This story was taken from my Story A Day May 2011 collection. Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.

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