Time for Thursday Doors and this month (May 2020) Dan is hosting a writing challenge.
I chose Sofia’s Door from Guimarães, Portugal
Here is my writing –
genre: Historical Fiction
Title: Momanita Lives On
Fredrica slowly opened the door.
Two more visitors were there, asking for a tour of the house that hid Allied snipers during 1944.
“Come on in, but we’re almost done for the day. In fact, if you had arrived five minutes from now- the door would have been bolted up for the day.”
“Whew, glad we made it on time. Traveled all day to see Mamanita’s place.”
“If you are here to see the hidden rooms, they are upstairs to the left. If you want to see the sniper training area, it is out back near door 619.”
“Um actually, we’d love to see both. Thanks, ma’am. However, we also heard that sometimes guests are able to sample Mamanita’s famous hamburger recipe.”
“Huh?” Fredrica replied, with a strange look on her face. “That has not been served around here for at least two years.”
The air in the room felt heavy and quiet.
Fredrica looked at the clock, glanced back at the door, and turning slowly to the newly arrived guests, she said, “I would be honored to make Mommanita’s hamburger meal.”
A faint smile surfaced on her face as she added, “Go look around and come back to the kitchen at 5:30.”
A few hours later, the sound of quiet laughter and conversation could still be heard down the entire block. It was coming from Fredrica and the visitors. Their chemistry led to anointed conversation that was fueled by a hearty hamburger meal. Hours flew by.
Now it was late and Judy and Blanche stood at their doors – wondering about all the clatter.
They were captivated by the smells and sounds. It had been many decades since Momanita was around – yet for that moment – you could feel her essence. Momanita always had food simmering with conversation happening. It smelled and sounded like her.
Standing there, in the doorway, they both remembered the 1940s and how everyone pulled together. They remembered how freedom was gravely threatened.
Then, Fredrica slowly opened the door to let the guests leave.
She glanced down to see Judy and Blanche. “Hi ladies, extra burgers tonight if you want some?”
“I’ll bring some down before I bolt up for the night.”
They nodded again – and looked up to the sky.
Because Momanita’s essence –
was right there –
in the sweet bye and bye.
1)May is National Hamburger Month and so this inspired the choice of food for my historical fiction
2) Even though the photo I chose was from Portugal, my setting was Tyrol because I recently watched a WWII documentary about Tyrol (article is here). I also watched a doc about the snipers of WWII. The Allies were scrambling to train snipers during WWII. The United States snipers had better long range and the British snipers had better field craft. Nazi German snipers were trained well for both. Eventually, the Allies had snipers work in pairs for more effectiveness. This was on my mind when I was thinking about a story for the culture-rich doors.
3) The OSS mission in Tyrol had an inspirational soldier named Frederick Mayer – and so I named my hostess “Fredrica” in his honor.
4) The Tyrol OSS team had help from a lady named Momanita – and so having her essence linger reminded me that the sum of many parts helped the allies enjoy victory back then so we could have freedom now.