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Growing up, Lydia’s parents ran a creamery.  People traveled miles to get a taste.  They trained her.  She grew bitter.  They expected her to stay.  She longed to leave.

Twenty years on, the world grew less alluring.  Lydia slumped into the seat for her umpteenth flight.

Her neighbor leaned close with a cup of ice cream in hand. “This is delicious.”

A pang tightened Lydia’s chest.  “But, it’s made on an assembly line.  The true quality of ice cream comes from the love and special care that’s put into it.”

She sighed.  I think it’s time to go back home.

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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 Na’ama Yehuda.

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

39 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Poignant, But perhaps, though, to make things only with love would mean there were very few things made?

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    1. Unfortunately so. Thanks for commenting, Neil.

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    2. pennygadd51 says:

      That might be a good idea. Do we really need more and more “stuff”?

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  2. Create Space says:

    Made with love guarantees something good, like your stories Brenda.

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    1. You are so very kind, Marie. Always lovely to hear from you and hope you are doing well! =)

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      1. Create Space says:

        Thank you Brenda, I’m good and hope you are too.

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      2. Yes, as both my grown kids are with us for a time we decided to take a romp around Italy together. We traveled for ten days, returned a couple days ago, and spent a significant amount of time on buses. I’ll need some time to recover from my vacation (haha). But, it was an incredible trip filled with a plethora of fantastic memories. =)

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      3. Create Space says:

        Sounds like a wonderful trip and opportunity to enjoy time together, making memories to treasure Brenda!

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  3. Dale says:

    Small batch equals much love and better flavour – usually!
    Methinks that now that she as gone out and conquered the world, life at home might not be awful.

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    1. A friend of mine opened a small old-timey ice cream shop and the ice cream was the best I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately, she’s closed it recently. Yeah, Lydia’s definitely ready to return home and take up the responsibility of the family business. Hope you are doing well, Dale! =)

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      1. Dale says:

        Mmm. Sounded divine.
        I’m doing well, thank you. Hope you and yours are as well.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    There’s a big old world out there, but there’s no place like home – especially if they have ice cream! 😉

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    1. I agree, I’m not sure I’d want to leave if there was delicious ice cream involved. =)

      The world does grow smaller the more you travel and home becomes the place you long for. Thanks for commenting, Iain. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. plaridel says:

    i see hope for a happy ending. home is a place where she’ll always be welcome.

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    1. Yes, I agree, she’ll be welcomed with open arms. Thanks so much for commenting. =)

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  6. Tannille says:

    More than just ice cream for her. It’s also family. In the end she yearns for home. Great subtle capture of emotion.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment. She does have family waiting for her. =)

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  7. draliman says:

    A chance encounter and her life changes, for the better I expect!

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    1. That happens, and then your mind is sparked to think a different way. It’s happened to me for sure. Thanks for reading! =)

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  8. Sandra says:

    Sounds as though the time is right to return home.

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    1. It definetly is time. Thanks for reading and commenting, Sandra! =)

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  9. pennygadd51 says:

    I love the way you have shown Lydia’s readiness to return home, through her realisation that she is repeating the lessons in ice cream manufacture learned at her mother’s knee.

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    1. I so appreciate your encouraging comments. Yes, the realization dawned on her unexpectedly and pointed her toward home. =)

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  10. It clearly took her a while to realise where she really belonged, and let’s face it, it could be worse!

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    1. It could have been worse for sure. And, she has family waiting for her on the other side of her decision to walk away. Thanks, Keith! =)

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  11. JT Twissel says:

    Sometimes we don’t know what we’re missing!

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    1. That’s certainly true and then we’re reminded. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!! =)

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  12. Dear Brenda,

    I guess Lydia realized that Dorothy was right. There’s no place like home. Poignant and touching story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle. It’s often true … well … because it’s true (haha) … there’s no place like home. =) Hope you are well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan! =)

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  13. msjadeli says:

    Quality storytelling, Brenda.

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    1. You’re so sweet. Thanks much!! =)

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  14. granonine says:

    Well done–love a happy ending, and I also agree with the sentiment expressed at the end 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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  15. Nobbinmaug says:

    If she didn’t quench her wanderlust, she would always resent that life and the ice cream. Now, she’ll appreciate it and make the best damn ice cream she can. Someday, her kids will have to do the same.

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    1. And, she’ll understand her children’s need to choose for themselves, I guess. Wise words! =)

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  16. So many leaves for a brighter future only to find that the right place is back at home… but if you never leave you will grow bitter and cold… (that is not a great recipe for ice-cream)

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    1. It certainly is true! Bitterness is definitely not a good good recipe for ice cream. Thank you, Bjorn, for reading and commenting. =)

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