“Listen, my dear larvae-babies. It’s midnight. Your mother has lived since early this morning. I’m getting old and must leave you.”

“Mummy! No!!!”

“I’m sorry, little nymphs. But you still have your 1,254 siblings to play with. And look! One day, big and beautiful wings will grow out on your backs!”

“Really???” 

“I promise! And then, you’ll be flying around high up in the air! You’ll be free and happy for a long, wonderful day!”

“Wooow!!!”

“Now, promise mummy to eat your algae every day. And don’t play with fish! But when your big Fly-Day comes, seize it!”

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22 days ago

A story that brings peals of laughter, while also reminding us of an important truth. We loved the 1,254 siblings and the final advice “when your big Fly-Day comes, seize it”. The author has put his title to work, letting it add details without adding to the word count!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Sweet micro fiction advice. You made me laugh Christer when you wrote, “ But you still have your 1,254 siblings to play with.”
Well done, and thanks for thinking outside of the box!

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago

I love this Christer, informative in the cutest way! It’s no wonder I feel old, the number of days I’ve lived. Very nicely done.

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
1 month ago

The “Moth-er” in the picture really got me 😂

You were definitely the May-fly on the wall of this conversation! This tickled me Christer, I enjoyed it!

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Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 month ago

Exceptionally good mothering, indeed!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

So cute and sweet little fiction, Christer. Wow! I enjoyed and loved it so much.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 month ago

Well said, Christer. Carpe Diem!

Allan Neil
Allan Neil(@allan-neil)
1 month ago

Ah, Christer, how to turn perception inside out. Never again shall I admire only the agility of the swallows darting to and fro over the pool. Delightful!

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 month ago

I love this story so much! I’ve read it over and over and it makes me smile every single time. I think that it’s because imagining the mother urging her little mayflies to seize the day is so uplifting!
On a totally different note, I was once tasked with teaching a firm of lawyers how to use an on-line time recording system. It was called Carpe Diem. They hated it!
Brilliant story, Christer, one I definitely won’t forget.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 month ago

I enjoyed reading this, especially the line, “But you still have your, 1254 siblings to play with.” I like the optimism and how the little nymphs were so in awe at the thought of that big day! Great story, Christer!

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