The Best Bits

Movie stubs and dried pressed flowers.  Photos of their wedding, children, vacations, and holidays.

“What’re you looking at,” Cynthia asked, entering the bedroom.

“Just a box of memories,” Frank said, breathing with some difficulty. “I want you to remember only the best bits.”

Gently taking the box from his trembling fingers, she placed it on the bedside table and helped him from his wheelchair.  After tucking him in, Cynthia took out her phone and snapped a photo.

He cringed.  “Why did you do that?”

“To remember the best bits.  They’re here in the now and every moment in the past.”

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Ted Strutz.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories, visit HERE.

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Tannille says:

    Sweet little tale. A smooth read.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tannille! I’ve missed participating in FF. Been offline mostly, but now connected again. Have a wonderful weekend. =)

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  2. ceayr says:

    A gentle love song

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    1. Thanks so much, CE! =)

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  3. James McEwan says:

    Sometimes a photograph is what is needed to keep the memories alive.
    Poor Frank.

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    1. It’s that way with me. I love when I find an old photo and a memory from long ago resurfaces. Frank is well loved and cared for though. Thank you, James, for reading and commenting! =)

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Brilliant, touching scene. Good to see you back Brenda 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Iain! Your comments made my day. Smiling! =)

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    You have illustrate real life really well with this story,

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    1. A very nice comment, Michael. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ali! =)

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  6. This is really lovely, I was in need of a story like yours after reading so many sad ones this week!

    Here’s my story

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    1. Your comment made me smile. I’m so glad it was what you needed! Thanks so much for saying so, Keith! =)

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  7. I agree with Keith. This is a soothing and kind story. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you much, Alicia! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. =)

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  8. Ann Coleman says:

    Well said! Sometimes we can be so obsessed with preserving the best moments of the past, that we forget to preserve our present…because one day, these moments will be our treasured past!

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    1. Very true, indeed. Every day is a gift with treasures to be rememered if we look for them. Thank you, Ann! =)

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  9. Dear Brenda,

    This is such a tender story of a daughter’s love for her father. Made me a bit misty-eyed.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I’m happy you enjoyed the story, even if it made you a little misty. Thank you, Rochelle, and have a nice week! =)

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  10. Dale says:

    A love story. The best kind.

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    1. I’m not sure how I missed your comment. My brain is like scrambled eggs these days! =) Thank you for your sweet and encouraging comment as always.

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  11. A beautiful story, Brenda. She truly understood the wedding vows of “in sickness and in health”. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne!

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  12. Indeed, it’s always best to live in the moment. My favorite tale this week.
    Tracey

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    1. Ah, that makes me really happy, Tracey. Thank you so much! =)

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  13. Makes you think…

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    1. I thought a lot of the stories did that this week. Thank you for reading and commenting. =)

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  14. msjadeli says:

    You misted me up with this one. Beautiful ❤

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    1. I’m so happy your enjoyed the story. Hope you have a “hankie.” =) Thank you!

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      1. msjadeli says:

        Yes, and you are welcome 🙂

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  15. Lynn Love says:

    You have to take the positives while you have them, for tomorrow they may be snatched from you. Touching story, Brenda

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynn. I certainly agree. As I grow older, I certainly find this to be true. =)

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      1. Lynn Love says:

        My pleasure. 🙂

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