Her little boy and her daughters did what chores they were able to do. The boy, the youngest, wasn’t scolded when he sometimes fell to playing. But this?
Flinging the stick, she stalked off to the barn.
“Ma, it was just pretendin’!”
He’d never known his father and older brother who used to do the heavy fieldwork, who’d left together, eyes bright with adventure, assuring her, ‘Back before harvest time’.
Pressing her forehead against the horse’s broad neck she confessed her worries.
She’d not allow another son to play at war.
She harnessed the horse and hitched the plow.
The Carrot Ranch May 2, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about sisu. It’s a Finnish concept of enduring strength, the ability to consistently overcome. Think long-term. Go where the prompt leads!