by Ruth Brandt
The Thoughtful Grandma
Once there was a grandma whose grandson would not go to sleep at night. ‘I have to sit and cuddle him for hours,’ her tired daughter wailed. ‘I don’t even get to eat dinner.’ So that night the thoughtful grandma went round to her daughter’s house and ate the dinner.
He was his father’s third child, his mother’s second and their first. His father’s first wife had already had a third child. So the new baby had two half brothers, a half sister and the half sister of his half brother and sister. When he was three his parents divorced.
Ruth Brandt‘s writing has been published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Volume 4, Litro magazine and elsewhere online. She is a Bristolian living in Surrey.