“Tell me again, Grandma,” the child burrowed into the bedclothes.
“You heard it a million times,” she ruffled the girl’s curls.
“But it’s my favorite story, Grandma!”
The woman smiled. Begging was part of the ritual. Their dance of love. She made herself comfortable and felt the small torso snuggle closer.
“Remind me again how it starts?…” she teased.
“Silly me. Of course I remember… So, there you were, born early and a little wrinkled.”
“A lot wrinkled!”
“Yes, a lot. And with a howling mouth ajar like a hatchling calling for a juicy worm …”
“And we didn’t know what to call you …”
“Till you saw my hair …”
“Which was as rusty as a robin’s bib.”
“And …” the child wriggled with anticipation.
“And it is clearly the right name, because a robin has been nesting in the tree outside your window ever since!”
For Crispina’s Crimson’s Creative Challenge
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