Nothing Lasts Forever

November 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm 34 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-word Challenge 28 November 2014

Randy Mazie
Photo Credit: Randy Mazie

As I park my bike at the library this Saturday morning, I notice that it’s unusually crowded. I know it wouldn’t be just any other day. After today, the library would be closing for good as a result of budget cutbacks.

I remember spending a lot of time here. When I was in grade school, coming to the library became a family affair with Mom accompanying me to the children’s section and Dad heading straight to the newspaper section.

It’s rather sad to see the library go. Then again I better get used to change. In life, nothing lasts forever.


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  • 1. J  |  November 26, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Schools and libraries — always the first to feel the cutbacks 😦
    Great post —

    • 2. plaridel  |  November 27, 2014 at 10:57 am


      it’s sad that sometimes our politicians don’t have their priorities set up right.

  • 3. Sandra  |  November 27, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Nicely done. Libraries are not expendable, but sadly are viewed as such.

    • 4. plaridel  |  November 27, 2014 at 10:58 am


      totaly agree that libraries are a necessity. every community should have one.

  • 5. draliman  |  November 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Very true to life.

    Our county has pretty much managed to keep its libraries open (so far), but I know a lot have closed around the country due to cutbacks.

    • 6. plaridel  |  November 27, 2014 at 10:58 am


      i guess we’re so fortunate that our town has a newly=built library complete with amenities like 70 computers freely available to the public.

  • 7. Weltchysnotebook  |  November 28, 2014 at 12:37 am

    In life, nothing lasts forever…… Very true.

    • 8. plaridel  |  November 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm


      and yes, that’s what makes life interesting.

  • 9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  November 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I think libraries has to last.. there is more importance than what meets the eye at first.

    • 10. plaridel  |  November 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm


      i think if there are no libraries, there’d be no civilization as we know it.

  • 11. Margaret  |  November 28, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    A sad tale. Lots of happy memories for your character, but a sense of loss too. Maybe he needs to get on his bike and go and protest, not just lie down and take it.

    • 12. plaridel  |  November 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm


      now, that sounds like a good idea for a sequel.

  • 13. talesfromthemotherland  |  November 28, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    So many sad stories about libraries closing… good thing this is friday FICTIONEERS! Nice job of capturing that sad imagery

    • 14. plaridel  |  November 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm


      libraries are becoming victims of the times. really sad.

  • 17. rochellewisoff  |  November 29, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I’ve heard it said that the only thing constant is change. In this instance it’s a change that can’t be good. You’ve told the story well.



    • 18. plaridel  |  November 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm


      i don’t look for the day when physical libraries become dinosaurs. i love the touch and smell of books. but virtual libraries will do if we don’t have a choice. if anything, they save trees.

  • 19. rgayer55  |  November 30, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Had it not been for a lot of private donations (some particularly large) we would not have the wonderful library we have in Fayetteville, AR. They have all kinds of media and you can even check out eBooks on-line. They also have a lot of children’s programs. We’re blessed.

    • 20. plaridel  |  November 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm


      lucky you.

  • 21. lifeconfusions  |  November 30, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Ah sorry about that, but on a positive you have those sweet memories from your childhood always there to accompany you and the positive attitude of yours too…Hope you’ll find another library to enjoy some downtime 🙂

    • 22. plaridel  |  November 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm


      it was only fiction, of course. actually, we have a newly-built library with all the modern amenities. other communities are not so fortunate, too.

  • 23. aliciajamtaas  |  November 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Good memories! Real or imagined. Libraries are special places.

    • 24. plaridel  |  December 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm


      i agree. libraries are special indeed. they should be considered national treasures.

  • 25. wmqcolby  |  November 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Nice. I always enjoyed the library as a kid.

    • 26. plaridel  |  December 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm


      me, too. 🙂

  • 27. Nan Falkner  |  November 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Dear Plaridel, you are so right. Nothing lasts forever – I just hope that no one will be able to stop books from being printed – and I pray that people do not try to unfund our Libraries. Heaven forbid, there is nothing more rewarding than to sit in a sunny chair in the morning and read a book – it is so wonderful – I’ve done it several times. Thanks and great story! Nan 🙂

    • 28. plaridel  |  December 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm


      glad you liked it. 🙂

  • 29. dmmacilroy  |  December 1, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Things like this come and go in cycles, but I wonder if we’ll ever see the upsurge. All things change, but some changes are not for the better. Great story this week.



    • 30. plaridel  |  December 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm


      thanks for stopping by and reading my story. much appreciated.

  • 31. siobhanmcnamara  |  December 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    The idea of the library closing is very sad and we can feel so far removed from the people who make those decisions. Well captured

    • 32. plaridel  |  December 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm


      yes, it’s really sad. sometimes, the decision to close has to do with politics.

  • 33. Po' Girl Shines  |  March 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Sad. Our library has hardly anyone in it anymore so might be at risk as well one day.

    • 34. plaridel  |  March 7, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      po’ girl shines:

      hopefully, it doesn’t happen.


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