I love the sweet simplicity of this week's photo prompt by Madison Woods. Here's the story it inspired:
Joey poked his head through the door. “Close your eyes.”
“Oh, honey. Not now. I’m cooking.” I turned so he wouldn’t see I’d been crying.
“Come on, Mom. I’ve got a surprise for you,” he pleaded.
I shut my eyes. They burned beneath my lids.
“Don’t open them until I say so.”
I heard him groan a bit, some rustling, the creak of the shutting door.
“Almost done,” he said. “Okay, open your eyes.”
A tiny tree. A smile beaming on Joey’s face.
“Before Dad left, he said to be sure you had a Christmas tree.”