The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction challenge for January 2, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about something found in a hutch. It can be any kind of hutch — a box for critters or a chest for dishes. Go where the prompt leads!
Respond by January 7, 2019.
Julia packed the last of the doilies into the bottom drawer of the hutch. She lovingly stroked the top of the sturdy pine chest. This heirloom had been in her family for more generations than she could count. She hated saying goodbye.
She opened a cupboard door and touched great grandmother’s bone china wrapped in cloth for protection. A great feeling of sadness overwhelmed her, and she gulped back her tears.
With one last look at the remains of a life she had to leave behind, Julia stepped from the covered wagon into the heat of a prairie dawn.
My ancestors were wheat farmers who came to America in 1906 from Dreispitz, Russia, and settled in Dorrance, Kansas. My grandparents on my dad’s side used to regal me with tales of life on the prairie. My grandmother was Swedish. Her family lived in a sod house when she was growing up. Eventually, after the great depression, my family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I was born and grew up.
The “hutch” story is a part of American western lore. Thousands of pioneer families left the eastern shores of the United States intending to reach California. They did not understand the hardships they would encounter. The prairie was dotted with the remains of their lives. It the Indians didn’t get them, the lack of planning and inexperience did.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Little House on the Prairie,” books were a favorite of mine growing up. Read the real story HERE. This article shares the truth about how harsh life really was.
“It is absurd and unfair to hold the child of 1870s frontier life to the standards of 2018. As Fraser so brilliantly elucidates, Wilder’s mythmaking was, in part, a means of coping with her past...”Maureen Callahan: The Real Story Behind the “Little House on the Prairie” Controversy