Friday Fictioneers….Memories may be beautiful and yet…

Posted: September 17, 2015 in Friday Fictioneers, Writing
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Time for another hundred words, despite being a bit distracted today by the news that my mom’s in the hospital for a few days with a UTI and blood infection.  Thankfully, the former caused her to go for testing, which discovered the latter, making it much easier to treat.  An IV antibiotic should kick them both out on their not-so-merry ways.  Fortunately, the story more or less wrote itself in my mind while on the way home from work the other day.

Thanks to David Stewart of The Greenwalled Tower for the photo prompt and to Rochelle for hostessing the menagerie of writers each week.

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Memories may be beautiful and yet…*

“Wow! The houses look so small. I remember them as big.”

“The tree we used to climb is gone. Wonder if the creek’s still there?”

“Oh, man, looks like Love Canal or something. There’s that spiky gate Jimmy almost impaled himself on.”

“Remember when…” and we were off and story-telling. Joe’s hands shaped paper boats like the ones we used to float in the creek. Jimmy, Joe, and Jenny. Inseparable. Until they left.

I launched every boat, one for each year. “Ooh Rah, Jimmy,” we both said softly. Joe saluted, then turned the wheelchair around and headed for the car.


*Thanks to Alan and Marilyn Bergman for the line from their song, “The Way We Were.”

  1. Archon's Den says:

    While Thomas Wolfe may have been right, that was still a bittersweet story about ‘going home.’ 🙂

  2. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your Mum. I recognize that feelings of thins being big in one’s old memories yet small in reality.

  3. Nicely told. Life’s ironies and bittersweet realities tucked away in the ending lines of our stories and the stories of our lives. Randy

  4. Suzanne says:

    What a sad story. I hope your mum recovers quickly.

  5. Sightsnbytes says:

    I absolutely loved this. Great job

  6. I hope your mom has a good day filled with continued recovery, Janet.

    • Thanks, Lisa. I just talked with her and she’s doing great. She’ll probably have to be in the hospital for a few more days because of the IV anitibiotics. But she feels good, which is great.


  7. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Wow, so little says so much. Good job, Janet.

    I hope your mom gets well soon,

  8. Janet,
    Sorry to hear about your mother and wish her a speedy recovery!

  9. You can never go home I’m afraid. It’s all water under the bridge. Good piece.

    • I remember going to my grandparent’s farm after they were both dead and thinking how small that house was in reality compared to my memories. That was a springboard for this story. Glad you liked it.


  10. The best tales are always those that appear from nowhere, and this is so poignant.
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  11. A tale of vets, one who made, the other didn’t? Poignant stuff. Deer Hunters?
    Good luck, fruit and flowers for your mum.

  12. draliman says:

    Childhood memories can be so bittersweet.
    I hope your mum gets better soon.

  13. Dear Janet,

    Beautifully crafted story. Oo-rah and wheelchair told us the rest of the story.



  14. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Keep writing — you do it well, it is one of the great natural healers.

  15. I really like this one.
    Thinking of you and your mom.

  16. Sandra says:

    Sad and nostalgic Janet, but beautifully done. Glad to hear your mother is taking a turn for the better.

  17. Any return to childhood homes and haunts always find them so much smaller than they used to be. It was a lovely trip down memory lane becoming sadder as we find Jimmy has died and Joe probably paralyzed. Still I didn’t get the impression that it the characters were sad but simply remembering happily.
    Hope your Mum continues to improve. Good to catch it early.

  18. Jan Brown says:

    Youth and age have such different oerspectives, but the constant–if we’re lucky–is love and friendship. You’ve captured that essence so well.

    Hope your mom does well on the IV antibiotics. Glad they caught it early!

  19. brainsnorts says:

    wasn’t until i read it again until i realized how important “saluted” was. very impactful. is that a word? let’s go with “much impact” instead.

  20. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    You’ve evoked the beautiful and strange way time shapes memories and memory frames time. This is a marvelous piece, full of love and loss and change, just like life. Well done.

    My good wishes go out to you and your mom with the hopes that the miracle drugs of the fifties still have the punch required to help her kick the bugs out of her system.

    Best of luck.



  21. helenmidgley says:

    A powerful last line 🙂

  22. rgayer55 says:

    I love the way Doug worded his comment. Exactly what I wanted to say, but much more eloquent.

    Glad to hear your mom is doing better. I will mention her in my prayers.

  23. plaridel says:

    when we grow old nothing would be left but memories. so, they better be goog.

  24. plaridel says:

    I mean, they better be good.

    • If we get too old, they maybe goog. 🙂 I knew what you meant. I think we need to try to let go of bad memories as much as possible. Learn from them and then let them go.


  25. ceayr says:

    Clever, subtle, well-written, excellent.

  26. erinleary says:

    We both revisited childhood and loss this week. Lovely story, Janet. Hope your mom is well.

  27. gahlearner says:

    Beautiful and true. The home of memories never can be found quite as it was. I’m glad your mother is recovering. All the best.

  28. Amy Reese says:

    Touching story, Janet. I’m glad to hear your mom is doing better. My prayers are with you and your family.

  29. Nothing like some rust to evoke the passage of time and loss. This story is beautifully told and exquisitely tender, Janet.

    From your updates, it sounds like your mom has turned the corner? I’m hoping this is true, but keeping her in my thoughts. 😉

    • I’m happy you liked the story, Dawn. Memories can be sweet or bittersweet or, sometimes, both.

      My mom’s doing well. She’s home and still feeling good. I’m so thankful for the UTI that got her blood tested, thus discovering the potentially much more serious blood infection. Thanks for asking.


  30. Sweet memories of childhood days can be both jouyful and sad.
    You wove a heart touching story, Janet, in so few words. Loved it.
    Izzy 😎

  31. Many-layered, nostalgic and touching. Lovely sweet-sad story!

  32. Dee says:

    I’m late calling round this week, but glad I stopped by. Your story is so touching and heart warming at the same time. You have a lovely touch with stories like this Janet, I really liked this one. And so glad your mom is feeling better after such a worrying time.


    • Dee, your visits are always appreciated, no matter when. I have more stories to try to read before Wednesday, but we’ll see how that goes. 🙂 Thanks for your lovely words.


  33. Lovely story, Janet. You can go home in some ways, but not others. Well written. (Server trouble wouldn’t let me put a “Like.” —- Suzanne