Creative Prompt: The Thankyou Note

I saw this small lump of happiness when I was darting out of one of our local shops. It was laying on the pavement just at the threshold, just a little to the left if the automatic doors and the blast of the air conditioning. As I stopped to take a photograph, the security guard wandered over to see what I was doing.

I’m not sure how suspicious I looked, crouching in the doorway of the shop trying to take a photo of the floor with my phone while balancing a bag of bananas, but it probably isn’t normal behaviour. The two of us spent a few moments looking at this little note together, remarking on how sweet it was, which in itself was nice because we’ve never had cause to talk before.

I don’t know who made the note, who Angela is, or indeed who her mother may be. I don’t think it matters, that this little note exists tells us that someone made this little token of thanks, or of love, with there own hands for somebody else. That can be inspiring for all of us.

I’m not sure if this little note will prompt a story for anyone, or if it will simply function to spread a little simple joy on the internet, which can be a squalid place sometimes.

Why may someone make a note like this?

Who might it be for?

I’m not a huge fan of creative exercises, so it’s not my habit to tell people what to do with these prompts. There are lots of options – a scene, some flash fiction, a short story, an idea for a short film or a physical piece of art. If you do have a go with this one and would like to drop the result in the comments please do so. I would be very interested to see what people make of these so please do link to blog posts or comment below.

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