The Wonder Years

October 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm 26 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 10 October 2014

Note: This is going to be my last post for a little bit, as I’ll be very busy in the coming weeks. I’ll be back sometime in November.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Abby was what I remember from those wonder years, and then of course the Beatles.

She was the girl in my second grade class. The first time I saw her, I was in love although I didn’t know what love was then.

One Valentine’s day, I asked mom for money to buy Abby a card, but she refused saying I was too young for such things.

I remember Abby’s sudden passing. It was the day the music died in me.

All through adulthood, I bought them girls Valentine’s cards and stuff. Funny, but the one I couldn’t forget was Abby who never got a card.


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26 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  October 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    What a moment .. not to understand it was love until later.. and that passing away.. really sad to live with a lost moment like that.

    • 2. plaridel  |  October 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm


      totally agree.

  • 3. Nan Falkner  |  October 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Good story and so very sad that his mother nixed the deal before it could begin. Oh well – this is such a wonderful and poignant story. Really, really good! Nan 🙂

    • 4. plaridel  |  October 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm


      i think he was way too young at that time.

  • 5. talesfromthemotherland  |  October 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Such a bittersweet story– the longing and loss. Who’s to say that we don’t know what love is, when we are very young? Lovely story.

    • 6. plaridel  |  October 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for taking the time to read.

  • 7. margirene  |  October 8, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    What a shame the music died too. Sad story.

    • 8. plaridel  |  October 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm


      thank you for reading. one thing about music, it has a way of coming back

  • 9. draliman  |  October 9, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Very sad. You never forget your first love, even if it was only from afar and while very young.

    • 10. plaridel  |  October 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm


      if anything, let’s hope he’d learn to outgrow it.

  • 11. Leigh W. Smith  |  October 9, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Sweet story and so melancholy, Plaridel. I hope, despite that mood you’ve created in the story, you have a wonderful few weeks off. “See” you in November. Take care! 🙂

    • 12. plaridel  |  October 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm


      i wish. 😦

  • 13. Elizabeth  |  October 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    So sad story! I miss your stories, well have fun with whatever you are busy with!

    • 14. plaridel  |  October 10, 2014 at 8:55 am


      I’ll be away only for a few weeks. nobody will notice i’m gone.

  • 15. johnmarkmiller  |  October 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    So sad and touching… and a good reminder to show our appreciation for those around us now. Great job!

    • 16. plaridel  |  October 11, 2014 at 9:29 am


      thank for your visit and feedback. much appreciated.

  • 17. Love Happy Notes - Daily Fun and Inspiration  |  October 10, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    A beautiful, touching story with an important message, Plaridel. Thank you. LHN.

    • 18. plaridel  |  October 11, 2014 at 9:29 am


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

  • 19. rochellewisoff  |  October 11, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Did you mean to say “them girls?”

    Aside from that minor point of grammar, you made my vision blur on two counts. One with such a beautiful, poignantly tragic story and the announcement of you impending absence.

    I’ll look for you in November.



    • 20. plaridel  |  October 11, 2014 at 9:31 am


      i agree “them girls” may not be grammatically correct. i just thought it was cute. i’ve seen other writers fall to the same temptation and use this syntax, too. anyway, i’ll be back before anybody misses me. 🙂

  • 21. aliciajamtaas  |  October 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Valentine’s Day was always weird in our grade school – Saint Rose of Lima. We were supposed to give a card to everyone in class – sometimes those that weren’t liked were “skipped”. This is a lovely tale. Will look forward to your return in November.

    • 22. plaridel  |  November 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm


      sorry, for the late reply. just came back. thank for your comment. 🙂

  • 23. Snow's Fissures and Fractures  |  October 12, 2014 at 2:17 am

    This is really, really good. One of your best for sure. Have fun in whatever you are planning to do and come back with more stories.

    • 24. plaridel  |  November 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm


      sorry, for the late reply. just came back. much appreciated your comment.

  • 25. Sarah Ann  |  October 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

    The ones that get away are the ones that mean the most. Touchingly told.

    • 26. plaridel  |  November 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      sarah ann:

      sorry, for the late reply. just came back. thank your for your comment.


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