Never Forgotten

We fell deeply in love when we were young.  We built a family and watched them grow.  We laughed, fought, loved, and cried.  As our backs bent and our minds faltered, we sat together.  Your camaraderie was more than enough for me.  This world of woe spun around, but we hung on until you let go.  I don’t blame you, you were meant to fly.  I cannot bear to remove everything that reminds me of you, so I must move on in search of peace.  You will never be forgotten though.  One day, I will meet you at the shore.

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This story is dedicated to my father, and 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 inspiring photo this week was provided by Dale Rogerson.

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

60 Comments Add yours

  1. James McEwan says:

    Very touching and heartfelt.

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    1. Thanks so much, James, for your kind comment. It was written with tears.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    There’s a bravery in this

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    1. It does take courage for him to move on, yet not forget. Thanks, Neil.

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  3. A very moving ode to your father. Well done, Brenda.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mason, for your encouraging comment.

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      1. You’re so welcome!

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  4. Jennifer Skirvin says:

    A beautiful reminder of mom and dads relationship. Brenda, thank you for sharing. So sweet! Love you sis!!

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    1. Thank you, Jen, for your affirming and encouraging comments. The love they shared is inspirational, and will be again when they are reunited. I love you too!

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    A lovely dedication Brenda, I could feel the deep connection and emotion contained in the few words.

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    1. Thank you, Iain, for your very kind comments!

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    The belief that we will meet again is comforting.

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    1. It is indeed a comfort! Thanks for commenting. =)

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  7. jenne49 says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your father, Brenda. Such humanity and pain…and courage.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenne. It’s very nice of your to say so. It does take courage for the one who is left to move forward with life, yet with remembrance and hope.

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  8. Dora says:

    I think what struck me the most about this beautifully related story is her courage in the face of her grief and loss to endure, to carry on even if it meant moving away. And that last sentence of steadfast hope really got to me. So well written Brenda.

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    1. It does take courage to move forward when grief hits us and not stay still. I’m very glad the story moved you. Thanks so much, Dora, for your lovely comments.

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  9. A lovely tribute to your pop, beautifully written, and a joy to read

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    1. I’m so glad it was a joy to read. That gives me a smile. Thanks for your kind comments!

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  10. plaridel says:

    great sentiment. i truly felt it. well done.

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    1. Thank you, Plaridel, for saying so. That’s very kind!

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  11. msjadeli says:

    {{HUGS}} for this beautiful homage to your father, Brenda. It is clear he is acutely missed. The way you ended this was perfect.

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    1. I love the hugs, Lisa! The story’s not clear, though that’s okay, we lost my mother this past summer and my father is preparing to move into a nice assisted-living place. It will be difficult but good I think. Thank you so much for your lovely comments as always!

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      1. msjadeli says:

        Well I’m glad your dad is alive 🙂 You are very welcome, Brenda.

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  12. Tannille says:

    The cycle of life is hard. I’m sure your dad is with you in every memory and the choices you make. And one day you’ll meet again. Touching story B!

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    1. Thanks so much, T! I know it wasn’t clear (I muddied it up), but we lost my mother this past summer and my father will be moving soon. I really appreciate your kind comments!

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  13. draliman says:

    A very touching story.

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    1. Thanks so much much, Ali. I’m glad you found it so. =)

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  14. earthskyair says:

    Simply lovely tribute. 🌷

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment! =)

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  15. GHLearner says:

    The hope of being reunited can carry those that are left behind. A wonderful tribute.

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    1. It most certainly can. Thanks so much for your lovely comments!

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  16. Such a beautiful tribute to your dad, Brenda. With so much hope too.

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    1. Thanks so much. That’s very sweet!

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  17. A touching tale indeed, thanks for sharing Brenda.

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    1. Thanks so much, Keith, for your kind comment! =)

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  18. Dear Brenda,

    Such a touching story. Beautifully written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle. That means a lot! =)

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  19. This brought tears to my eyes. It could be my story. This is the way I felt when my hubby had a heart attack and I thought of the possibility of his loss. Thank God he is o k but your words unfolded a page from my life. Beautifully written, Brenda.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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    1. I’m very sorry, Isadora, about your husband. I can imagine that must have been very scary, and glad he is okay now. Thank you for letting me know and for your kind comment on the writing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well! =)

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  20. pennygadd51 says:

    A simple story, told simply and beautifully. You brought tears to my eyes, Brenda.

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    1. Thank you, Penny, for your kind and encouraging words about the writing of the story. It means a great deal to me!

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  21. Nobbinmaug says:

    I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a life partner. I watched my grandparents and my mom go through it. Everybody handles it differently. I hope you and your dad make it through. Beautifully written.

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments!! It is true, everyone deals with loss in a different way. We lost my mother last summer while I was stuck in France. I didn’t get to say goodbye and that sadness washes over me occasionally. My parents had been married for 63 years. It’s been difficult for my father, but he is healing with time. Again, thank you so much.

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  22. Ann Coleman says:

    This was so touching! Love really is eternal, and they will meet again, I believe.

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    1. Thank you, Ann, for those encouraging words! They will meet again, and feeling certain of that has helped my father to heal. Have a lovely weekend!

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  23. subroto says:

    “One day, I will meet you at the shore.”
    A heartfelt tribute and a lovely way to end. That hope of reuniting one day is probably what gives the one left behind the courage to accept and move on.

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    1. The thought of reuniting with our loved ones gives us hope, and helps us to heal and to move forward with courage. Thank you so much for your kind comments. They meant a great deal!

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  24. Dale says:

    Beautifully done, Brenda. The love just oozes out of this.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dale, for your sweet comments. I’m so glad the love seeped through. =)

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      1. Dale says:

        Oh it did!

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    1. I’m very glad you enjoyed. Thanks so much, Danny, for your nice comment!

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  25. Laurie Bell says:

    So beautiful. I have tears. I feel every moment of this.

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    1. I’m so glad, Laurie, that you were moved by the story. Thank you so much for your kind comments, though, I didn’t mean to make you cry. =)

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  26. A lovely tribute, so heartfelt. well done

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    1. I appreciate your kind comments, Michael. Thanks so much!

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  27. michael1148humphris says:

    Lovely, a great tribute

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    1. Thanks so much, Michael, for your kind comment!

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