Uncle Avery's Garden


Technical Aspects
Story length: 1,378 words/4 pages double spaced
Voice: First person, past tense
Genre:Sentimental fiction
Copyrighted: 2001
Story information
Main character: An unnamed student
Character description: A poor female college student
Supporting characters: Uncle Avery, a relative whose influence is still strong a decade after his death.
Setting:Indeterminate; modern time, modern college living
General Plot
A college girl debates over whether to spend her hundred-dollar bill that was given to her as a child by her departed Uncle Avery. She wonders whether it will be disrespectful to do so, even though she really needs the money, because she promised not to and has managed to hold out so long. A dream she has helps her clarify the importance of the gift.
Information, inspiration, and other notes
This came from essentially three sources of inspiration: My own thoughts of whether I should spend old savings bonds given to me at birth; my own Uncle Keith giving me a hundred dollars that I vowed to save; and my own Uncle Kenny's losing his life to the AIDS virus, yet remaining so alive until that point.

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