This weeks word prompt from https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/ is all about the precious commodity water. We often take it for granted, turning on the taps for our washing, brushing of teeth, washing up, drinking, and cleaning, but it is a resource that will run out eventually.
‘Mummy you’re using too much water,’ Josh said, turning the tap off.
‘I’m washing up,’ Sarah said, ‘I need the tap on.’
‘Not all the time, my teacher at school says, we wasting too much water. It isn’t a . . . isn’t a . . . infi . . . it will run out.’
Sarah shrugged her shoulders, but carried on with the washing up. Josh wasn’t going to be side tracked, and turned the tap off again. He stood with his hands firmly on his hips until she had no choice but to turn around.
‘Mummy, we all need to help our planet,’ he said, handing her a piece of lined paper. ‘I did this for homework. Miss Pearson said it was really good, and I had some really good ideas. I even got a star for my good work,’ he said, his chest puffed out like a colourful parrot.
Sarah bent down, and looked at his homework – she read it through once, and then read it through another before she handed it back to her son. She brought him into an enormous hug.
‘I tell you what,’ she said. ‘When I’ve finished washing up, we’ll take the bowl out to the garden and water the plants. ‘As a treat we’ll have some strawberries and ice-cream.’