Work Boots

His work boots sat on the porch outside, where he took them off each night.  He learned early in their marriage, the dirt from his boots were not appreciated in her house.  He worked hard, supporting their five children, sending them all to college.  It wasn’t easy, but neither was he.  She didn’t mind.  She knew his story and he knew hers.  They loved each other despite all that.  At least that’s what she thought.

Her kids told her, “Get rid of the boots.”

But she couldn’t bear it.  Maybe if they waited on the porch, he’d return.

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

It’s a lot of fun to join this fantastic and encouraging group of writers!  If you would like to read other stories, click here.

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72 Comments Add yours

  1. Dear Brenda,

    I fear the kids are right in this situation. Time to get rid of the boots and move on. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I think so too, but she needs time to hope before letting go. Thanks so much, Rochelle!

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  2. Hard when it comes as a surprise.Yes – she should get rid of the boots.

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    1. He just left his shoes and walked away. A sad reality for some. Thanks for commenting! 😊

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  3. ceayr says:

    Love this.
    Very real, very sad.
    Keep the boots!

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    1. I think she needs to hope for a bit, and when she’s ready get rid of the boots. They were together so long. Thanks so much for commenting, C.E.!

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    2. I’m surprised at you C.E. Why didn’t you suggest filling them with poisonous spiders?

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    1. Thanks so much, Neil! 😊

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I think hope is gone, time to move on. Very nicely done, Brenda 🙂

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    1. Possibly … maybe soon. 😊 Thanks for commenting, Iain!

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  5. granonine says:

    Yes, get rid of the boots–but wait awhile. The kids need to give her time to grieve and accept this new place in her life. This is really a great story.

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    1. They do need to give her time for sure. Thanks so much, Linda, for your encouraging comment. 😊

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  6. Create Space says:

    Wow Brenda a lifetime in a few lines…I love it!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoy it. Thanks so much for your encouragement as always! 😊

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      1. Create Space says:

        My pleasure Brenda. Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2019.

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      2. And to you Marie. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. 🙂

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  7. jillyfunnell says:

    Such a beautifully told story. I would say the boots have to go but I would never be able to follow that advice.

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    1. It would take me time as well. Thank you for your lovely comment, Jilly! 😊

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  8. Dale says:

    Loved this tale, Brenda; you told it so well.
    He did his “time” and when he was done, was off. There are men who would have done way less… So, when she is ready, the boots will go.

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    1. I’m very happy you enjoyed the story, Dale. I agree, there are those who would do far less. For her, time has a way of sorting everything out, it’s true. Thanks so much for your nice comments as always. 🙂

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  9. subroto says:

    Kids can’t force her, she will move on once she is ready. Nice one.

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    1. Thank you so much! She has her own timing for sure.

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  10. Abhijit Ray says:

    Boots are the only memory she is left with, why get rid of them? May be he will comeback someday.

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    1. Maybe, Abhijit, and thank you for commenting! 🙂

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  11. Priya says:

    Love the story. Every pair of boots has a story to tell. It’s fascinating. as long as their is comfort in hope

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Priya, and thank you for saying so! 🙂 There is indeed comfort in hope!

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  12. Some things you just can’t discard – they have beautiful memories associated with them. The kids won’t understand, but the wife does. Good story.

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    1. Thank you so much, Anshu, for reading and commenting! 🙂

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  13. Awww, while I understand her sentiments, the shoes need to move for her to be able to move on.

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    1. Thank you for commenting. She’s holding out with hope he’ll return. 🙂

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  14. draliman says:

    Yes, he’s definitely coming back for his boots. I think she was fooling herself while he was there and again now he’s gone. Nice one!

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    1. He was a difficult man, but that’s all she knew. Hmm, maybe she should dispose of the shoes before he can get them. (haha)

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  15. Sandra says:

    A tersely wrought tale of betrayal. Well done. I liked this.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story.

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  16. Violet Lentz says:

    She’ll let go when she’s ready. Very nice.

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    1. Very true, in her own time. Thanks so much, Violet!

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  17. 4963andypop says:

    Sad. Not sure if he has flown the coop or more dearly departed, but her attatchment to him has taken a physical form. The boots harm no one. Let them stay till he returns, or, in the alternative, till she is healed.

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    1. Everyone has their own timing to heal, she’ll get rid of them, or burn them maybe, when she’s ready. 🙂

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  18. StuHN says:

    Those boots are a reminder of too many things. As you stated, he “wasn’t easy.” Gone is gone. A good story elicits emotions. Yours did.

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    1. He wasn’t easy for sure. Thank you so much for your nice comment on the writing!

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh this hurts. I know of someone who just had this happen to them. The confusion and not knowing is terrible.

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear of your friend! Those feelings of confusion and abandonment are horribly difficult to come to terms with.

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      1. Laurie Bell says:

        Oh yes… just awful

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  20. James McEwan says:

    Maybe, just one day. He might return at least in spirit.

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    1. She’s holding out with hope. Thanks for reading and commenting, James!

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  21. Danny James says:

    I don’t think he will return. But I’m always pessimistic.

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    1. Unfortunately, I think you are right. =)

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  22. Evidently, he’s not planning to work so hard at his new location. Or maybe he feels since he put the kids through college his job is done.

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    1. Hmm … Maybe traded his work boots for a more comfortable pair.

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  23. Karen Craven says:

    I enjoyed this. Exits, even when planned are still unexpected. Hope is never lost.

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    1. Very true, Karen, exits are rarely easy. She needs time to hope and when she’s ready, dispose of his things. 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  24. plaridel says:

    great use of metaphor here. well done. 🙂

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  25. Dahlia says:

    Heartbreaking and so real – very well narrated Brenda!

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    1. Thank you, Dahlia! It’s nice to see you here again. Hope you are well! 🙂

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  26. Moon says:

    Beautifully told story, Brenda.
    I hope she is granted acceptance.

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    1. Thank you so much, Moon!

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  27. A painful story. I think she’s not ready yet to throw them away.

    Regards, SLSM.
    https://stilllovedstillmissed.wordpress.com/

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    1. Not yet … hopefully soon. Thank you for reading and commenting! 😊

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  28. lisarey1990 says:

    Very poignant write. Great job.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! Happy holidays. 🙂

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      1. lisarey1990 says:

        Happy holidays to you too Brenda. 🙂

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  29. magarisa says:

    There must have been so much she didn’t know about him. A sad story that makes me wonder how much we really know our loved ones. Beautifully crafted tale.

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    1. Thank you so much, Magarisa! When someone says, “He (she) just snapped and walked away,” like it’s a spur of the moment decision. But, I do always wonder … what was brewing below the surface that wasn’t expressed. Appreciate your thoughtful comment.

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      1. magarisa says:

        You’re most welcome, Brenda.

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  30. Varad says:

    So much story with very little words. Very well done, Brenda.

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  31. They knew each other inside out, but maybe not as well as to see what was going on in front of her eyes. A sad tale, give the boots to a charity shop

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    1. That’s a good idea to give away the boots, maybe a cleansing act. Thank you for reading and commenting! =)

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