Tulipmania – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Tulipmania
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 120
Word count: 100 words

Image by Bikurgurl

As they walked through the garden, Henry felt his grandmother’s hand. She recounted a crazy story, a fantastic tale of Tulipmania and the “Madness of Crowds”. They imported the first bulbs from Turkey to Europe in the 1590s. The tulip became a status symbol. A single bulb cost more than a craftsman’s annual income. In February 1637 the market crashed.

He carried her history lesson with him, visiting the botanic gardens annually to see them in bloom. He shut his eyes, transported to his first tulip field and Grandmother’s voice. He hoped to pass the tradition on to his boys.


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer


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