Such is Life

December 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm 20 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 5 December 2014

Janet Webb
Photo Credit: Janet Webb

I wake up to the sounds of gas-powered shears outside. The new occupant across the street is giving his front yard a facelift.

An old widow named Henrietta used to own the house. I helped mow her grass. When the neighborly gesture got extended to cleaning up the backyard, I felt abused. I stopped showing up and became creative in making excuses.

When Henrietta died, her daughter cleared the house of her stuff and sold it.

As I watch Henrietta’s beloved Camellia bushes fall, I realized it won’t be long when even her memory becomes a blur. Such is life.


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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. draliman  |  December 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Life moves on, life happens!

    • 2. plaridel  |  December 4, 2014 at 11:10 am


      it does make life a less boring, isn’t it?

  • 3. dmmacilroy  |  December 4, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Too true re the passage of time. All we can do is keep the people we care about alive in our memory.



    • 4. plaridel  |  December 4, 2014 at 11:13 am


      great thought. what keep them alive are our memories of them. once forgotten, they cease to exist.

  • 5. rochellewisoff  |  December 4, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    You need to either add “I was” to being abused or say something like “I felt abused.”

    There, that having been said, I’ll say that really liked this story. Sounds like your narrator has some regret, but did what he had to do to take care of himself.

    Well done.



    • 6. plaridel  |  December 4, 2014 at 11:26 am


      “i felt abused” does sound better indeed. thank you for pointing it out to me. 🙂

  • 7. siobhanmcnamara  |  December 4, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Indeed, such is life. We move on and one day, realise how much has changed

    • 8. plaridel  |  December 4, 2014 at 11:31 am


      yes, as they say, the only constant in life is change.

  • 9. aliciajamtaas  |  December 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Good story. Sometimes it’s hard to keep giving when people ask for more.

    • 10. plaridel  |  December 5, 2014 at 9:13 am


      there’s a truth to the saying that sometimes when you give them an inch, they demand a foot later.

  • 11. patrickprinsloo  |  December 5, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Sad. Some good memories and some bad memories. And so we learn.

    • 12. plaridel  |  December 5, 2014 at 9:17 am


      it’s true, indeed.

  • 13. talesfromthemotherland  |  December 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Sadly, this is not fiction. 😉 There is so much truth to your story this week, Plaridel.

    • 14. plaridel  |  December 5, 2014 at 5:13 pm


      it was very perceptive of you to figure that out. 🙂

  • 15. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  December 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    To me there is the real complexity in your story. It’s not all sorrow … In essence life moves on…

    • 16. plaridel  |  December 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm


      thanks for the comment. much appreciated. 🙂

  • 17. Nan Falkner  |  December 6, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Dear Plaridel, Good job and snippet of real life in a neighborhood. Very well written and sad. Good job! Nan 🙂

    • 18. plaridel  |  December 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm


      glad you liked it. 🙂

  • 19. Margaret  |  December 9, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Neighbours can irritate the heck out of each other – but, like all relationships, we have to live with the good and the not so good in each other. Your story shows this really well.

    • 20. plaridel  |  December 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm


      great advice. and thanks for reading. much appreciated. 🙂


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