Everything

I received the expected yet dreaded call.  Traveling the world for most of my adult life, I was called back to where I began.  Going through the garage was a significant challenge.  He had been a hoarder, kept everything just in case.

Sifting through the mountains of debris, I found a globe he and I made for a third-grade project, with continents made of salt.  Blobs which now are three dimensional and well-defined.  The unknown now known. He instilled in me a desire to see the world.  He gave me everything, roots as I grew and wings to fly away.

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“There are two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  One of these is roots; the other, wings.”  (Hodding Carter)

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“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields, to write a story using only 100 words in response to a photo prompt.  This week’s photo was provided by Douglas M. McIlroy.

I wrote my first story a year ago now, on December 16, 2017.  I’ve enjoyed immensely being a part of this encouraging group of writers.  To add your own story or read others from this week, visit HERE.

 

 

 

51 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you so much, Tina, for your kind comment! 🙂

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  1. neilmacdon says:

    When the unknown becomes known it tends to throw up new and unexpected areas of ignorance

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    1. It is true that the more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know (or something like that). 🙂

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  2. This was beautiful… I know that we have my mother’s house to go through… and she was a hoarder too, maybe there will be beautiful lessons like this… more likely things to send to the salvation army,

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    1. Thank you, Bjorn, so much for your kind comment. I hope you find a few things with happy memories tagged to them. It is a challenge, for sure. 🙂

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary. Loved the quote in this, one to aim for as a parent – although I will struggle when they want to take those wings and go!

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    1. Thank you, Iain. It was a fast year gone by in a blur and a llot of fun! My kids are both grown and at one time after they graduated from college, they lived on other continents (we lived on three as a family) for five years. Skype is awesome and knowing they were pursuing their dreams and happy helped a lot too. They’re now back with us for a year, an unexpected joy. I know it’s sappy, and you’ve heard it before, but treasure the time! 🙂

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  4. Create Space says:

    Has to be my favourite Brenda! Very interesting. Xx

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    1. Thank you, Marie, I’m so happy you enjoyed! 🙂

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  5. That was so beautiful Brenda, and what an excellent message.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment! 🙂

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  6. draliman says:

    A lovely piece, and happy FF anniversary 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, I’ve been feeling quite nostaligic recently. I blame it on the holidays. Happy holidays to you! 🙂

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  7. Goodness! This is so lovely. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Alicia, that’s very sweet of you to say. 🙂

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      1. It’s the truth! Happy Holidays!

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  8. Sandra says:

    A very poignant piece. Roots to grow and wings to fly is a lovely phrase.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra, for your lovely comment. 🙂

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  9. granonine says:

    I have an idea that my sons will decide to dump all their dad’s stuff in a huge dumpster. To go through it all would take months, and none of them live nearby.

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  10. plaridel says:

    i love the sentiment very much. well done.

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

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  11. Dale says:

    I have to agree with all… Such a lovely piece. Both roots to grow and wings to fly makes for a balanced person.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dale! 🙂

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  12. Dear Brenda,

    That was a quick year! I’m so glad you’ve been part of us. 😀 Hauntingly beautiful story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle, for your kind comments! 🙂

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  13. Abhijit Ray says:

    Is he no more? In that case someone lost a mentor.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂

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  14. ceayr says:

    Even this ancient cynic is touched by the humanity of a quite delightful tale.

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    1. Thank you, kind sir! Your comment means a great deal.

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  15. pennygadd51 says:

    A warm and encouraging story, Brenda. I loved the image you conjured up with “continents made of salt. Blobs which now are three dimensional and well-defined. The unknown now known.”

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    1. Thank you so much, Penny! 🙂

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  16. Ira PT says:

    I simply lovvved this phrase- “…roots as I grew and wings to fly away.”
    Such a lovely tale, full of warmth and love.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Ira. Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂

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  17. Simply beautiful Brenda

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    1. Thank you so much, Keith! 🙂

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  18. Violet Lentz says:

    Rich with sentiment. I loved the quote at the close as well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Violet! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! 😊

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  19. jillyfunnell says:

    Brenda, this is a beautifully written story of inspiration and support and love. A real Ah moment at the close. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jilly, I’m happy you liked it! 😊

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  20. I really like the love and the wisdom in your story Your gentle & reflective tone are comforting in the face of letting go of people you love. Thank you.

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    1. That’s a very nice thing to say, thank you so much! 😊

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  21. Finding out something new certainly shows the amount we don’t know but it’s great in this day and age we can travel to answer and experience things for ourselves. We do have wings if we care to use them.

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    1. It is true and I’m very thankful for the ability to travel. Thank you for commenting, Michael! 😊

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  22. StuHN says:

    Sad but touchingly written.

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    1. Thank you very much!

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