Princess

My parents waited a long time to have me.  They wanted a child born in the most auspicious year of the dragon.  It was 1988.  The double eights were especially lucky too.  They hoped for a boy.  I was born a girl.  As a small child riding in the front seat of my baba’s taxi, I felt like a princess.  The heavy sighs when mama looked my way told me otherwise.

One morning, mama said, “We’re going on a trip.”

Packing a lunch, we boarded a train.  My first trip on a train. I delighted at watching the world fly by.  Arriving in a crowded station, mama took my hand as we descended the steps to the platform.

Mama said, “Sit here until I return.”

She had tears in her eyes as she walked away.  I waited.  Swinging my legs, I watched the dance of passengers boarding trains and vendors selling food.  Hungry, I ate the food mama packed.  I waited as the sun set, laying down on the bench to sleep.  The sun came up and still, I waited.

A conductor asked, “Can I help you, little girl?”

I answered, “No.  Mama’s coming back.”

But, she never did.

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This story is based on a true one.  Little “Hannah” was abandoned, but her story had a happily ever after ending.  She was adopted into a royal family in Europe.  When I knew her, she loved to twirl.  Through the years, I’ve imagined her twirling and dancing with her loving new family.

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction, hosted by Susan Spaulding.  It’s a challenge to write a story in 200 words or less inspired by a photo prompt.  The cool photo this week was taken by C.E. Ayer.

31 Comments Add yours

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    What a heartbreaking thing for a child to endure. You told it so tenderly.

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    1. It truly is heartbreaking, but in this case there was a happy ending. Thank you, Violet, for your encouraging comment on the writing of the story. =)

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  2. Awesome story and so sad but true.

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    1. Thank you for reading my story and commenting. So glad you stopped by!

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  3. ceayr says:

    Ghastly tale sensitively told, Brenda.

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    1. Each child abandoned, and unfortunately, there are far too many, have their own heartbreaking story. This one had a happy ending though. Thank you for your encouragement. Love the photo, where was it taken?

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  4. Your description of her sitting and waiting is so poignant. A sorrowful story beautifully told.

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    1. Thank you, Keith. She told us her story, she was old enough to remember her mother telling her to sit on the bench at the train station and wait. Thank you for your encouragement on the writing of the story.

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  5. Joy Pixley says:

    How heartbreaking, to hear her hope and trust even as we can see the terrible realization of what’s happened coming around the corner. Makes me hope that the little girl in the story has a miraculous storybook ending somehow, and really becomes a princess.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! Happily, she was adopted by a loving family. =)

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  6. Irene says:

    So sad but glad it ended well for the little girl.

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    1. Thank you, Irene, for reading and commenting. =)

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  7. Abhijit Ray says:

    What a sad story and what a cruel mother? Who can desert a child in a busy station? I felt so sad and so angry!

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    1. It is indeed very sad. For this little girl, unlike many others in this situation, she was adopted by a loving family. Thank you for commenting, Abhijit.

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  8. Is this really true?! So heartbreaking and yet so amazing that it had such a happy ending. From rags to riches in many ways. I have so many questions. What country was she from originally, and what does this woman do today?

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting, Fatima. I knew her as a little girl when helping provide care for her before her adoption. I don’t know how her story progressed. It’s a sensitive situation and been since 1994. Thank you again! =)

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  9. Truly a powerfully written story of abandonment. The innocent child waiting for her mother leaves the reader chilled. How desperate her mother must have been. Through the grace of god she was given a better life. Sensitively told, Brenda. I’m pleased she was given a better life.
    Isadora 😎

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    1. I’m glad you picked up the mother’s desperation. It was the case for a multitude of mothers pressured to give up their baby girls to try again for a boy. Especially during this timeframe. Thank you for your encouraging comment on the writing! =)

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  10. Jade M. Wong says:

    This is a story I’ve sadly read about many times. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to think about the children realizing the truth of their abandonment. I’m glad Hannah received a happy ending 🙂

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    1. Heartbreaking indeed. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. =)

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  11. John Yeo says:

    The depth of sorrow that is reflected here in your story is so poignant. Thankfully this story has a happy ending. What chance for the untold stories of abandoned children?

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    1. Very true, John, there are countless untold stories that don’t end well like hers. I really appreciate your comments. Thank you for reading. =)

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  12. Ann Coleman says:

    That’s so heartbreaking! I’m glad to know that the real person it was based on went on to have a happy life!

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    1. Yes, she did! Thank you for reading and commenting, Ann. So glad you stop by! =)

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  13. Heartbreaking! I’m glad the story has a happy ending.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! =)

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  14. Susan says:

    My own mother had to abandon her children (for a different reason) and I imagine as cruel as it sounds, the reason for it were heartbreaking as well. Nicely done Brenda.

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    1. I’m so sorry, Susan, that your mother had to make that difficult decision. A while ago, I wrote something about the abandonment of children (in this particular part of the world), but, from the mother’s point of view. I know there are heartbreaking stories out there. Take care and thank you for commenting.

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  15. amiewrites74 says:

    Beautifully written. My heart broke for this little girl. I am so glad to hear that Hannah got her happy ending.

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    1. Sometimes I go back and re-read my stories for fun. 😎 When I did so today, I noticed that I hadn’t responded to your lovely comment and wanted to say thank you!! Sorry, it took so long (haha).

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