At a shop in Mountain View, Arkansas, USA, I look around and find this treasure. A photo of a lovely girl, her hair bobbed short in the fashion of her day. The black and white photo leans against the smooth back of an antique chair. The seat of the maple chair makes a shelf for a pink sewing box and silk pin cushions, more than likely handmade. As a writer, the photo interests me. Who was this girl? Where did she grow up? Here, in this Ozarks region or “away from here?” What was her name? Her photo is a story prompt with many possibilities. And my imagination takes over to make me wonder if her name might have been Calypso. But no, I think not. The time frame of my short story about Calypso Travis is contemporary and this girl lived a long time ago. So that settles that. Still, I wonder. What was her name? Do any of my readers care to guess? What do you think her name might have been? Or, if you are a writer or a poet using this story prompt for your character, what would you call her? I’d like to know your answers. Will you please tell me in a comment below? Thanks.
© 2013 Freeda Baker Nichols
November 8, 2013