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It's a very touching story, and well worth reading.
Nick has packed so much into just a very few words, yet it doesn't feel at all compressed. Knowing what doesn't need to be put into a story is a great skill.
BTW - I also recommend his other very short story on here, 'Oh for the Wings of a Dove'.
The story was originally written as the outline for a longer story. However on reading it, I reckoned it worked as a very short story and after wondering for a while - duly submitted it.
The inspiration of "footprints in the custard" was that I heard it, and my mind just went into overdrive - the line was a classic and cried out to be incorporated in a story. The title came next as the two phrases seemed to me to be linked.
I did look for where in the film the line "footprints in the custard" comes but although I did find it in the subtitle file, you've got to watching for it. Have a look out from the 58th minute. Or for the terminally precise 00:58:38,836