Two family shorts

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.

  1. #1 by Oonah on August 17, 2011 - 10:58 am

    I’ll get my head round that second one – eventually – as for the granny…LOL

  2. #2 by Fiona Lambert on August 17, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Both of these shorts are lovely. The first very witty and the second a reflection on the complications of modern families.

  3. #3 by Gerry on August 18, 2011 - 8:59 am

    Loved Granny.

  4. #4 by Your favourite Aunt on August 20, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    Think they are both brilliant but can’t get my head round the second. Well done Ruth and well done Paddy.

  5. #5 by E A M Harris on August 22, 2011 - 9:14 pm

    I loved both of them – funny but thoughtful too.

  6. #6 by The Prodigal Brother on September 4, 2011 - 8:03 pm


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