#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 11: MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME

Photo Credit: Dawn Miller

Photo Credit: Dawn M. Miller

It’s week eleven of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Artists, check out their blog and join in or read other’s posts and be inspired. I’m not sure how I feel about growing old quite yet, but maybe Elaine has some insight. 🙂

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME (148 words)

This is the last time I will ever see this sunrise.

Late November frost nips at Elaine’s ears. Loafers damp with morning dew. A lone goose honks overhead. South for the winter.

Too many memories here. Papa mowing the lawn. Stolen kisses with Henry. A country wedding. Swollen belly kissed by sweet summer heat. Danny’s shrill giggles echo in the trees. Lily’s sweet song on the breeze. Mama’s white hair shining in the sun. An empty nest.

Too many memories here.

Hunter barks and Elaine’s eyes drift to the old farmhouse, Henry by the truck. He waves and Elaine leaves her memories behind. Her last dawn here. Her last morning walk. Her last deep breath of home.

A new adventure awaits. Sun. Baby blue oceans. The call of seagulls. New memories to be made.

Henry takes her hand and leads her to the truck, tucking her away.

Retirement.

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16 Responses to #FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 11: MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME

  1. What a sweet and and nostalgic feeling. I wasn’t sure to feel sad for her leaving or happy for the next chapter of her life, or maybe a little of both. 🙂

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  2. Tastyniblets says:

    Lovely story with beautiful imagery- well done!

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  3. Creatopath says:

    This is beautiful. All those lovely memories. It would be hard to leave.

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  4. This story is wonderful Vanessa! An entire lifetime in just a few words and such wonderful imagery. It was sad at the end but also exciting that a new adventure awaitis!

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  5. Ellespeth says:

    Such a beautiful story. All the image and sound memories of home. And a hopeful new beginning. I enjoyed this one.
    Ellespeth

    Like

  6. Sonya says:

    Bittersweet but with a hopeful ending. Lovely writing!

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  7. Great piece, I like the way she manages to feel sad about what she’s leaving behind and excited for the adventure ahead.

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  8. Susan Langer says:

    Great story. I felt the bittersweet feeling of some sadness mixed with excitement. 🙂

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