Hope Floats

May 20, 2015 at 2:38 pm 50 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 22 May 2015

Note: Just in time for Memorial Day. Remember they also serve who stay behind. I hope you like it.

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“One more month and I’d be home,” Jason told his mom.

While on routine patrol, Jason and his platoon found themselves in an ambush. “Mom!” was the last word he uttered before everything went black.

A few days later, two marines in dress uniform came to the neighborhood as Jason’s mom was watering the lawn. When she saw them, she felt weak and almost dropped the hose she was holding. She wanted her baby back but not in a casket.

When they passed her by and didn’t stop, she was relieved and sad for the mother who lost a son.

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  • 1. aliciajamtaas  |  May 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Oh, you caught this beautifully. I wonder how many mother’s have been caught between these two emotions. Well done.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      alicia:

      what a compliment. thank you very much. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Priceless Joy  |  May 20, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Wonderful. Intense with a bitter sweet ending.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  May 20, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      priceless joy:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 5. Tracey@WhatsforDinnerDoc.com  |  May 20, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    How strange, I had a dream last night that I had to answer the door to find out about the death of my husband. He is not in combat but none of us live forever. Richly told.
    Tracey

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    • 6. plaridel  |  May 20, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      tracey:

      i bet you’ll have long and happy life together. 🙂

      Reply
  • 7. micklively  |  May 20, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    War: what’s it good for?
    (apart from poignant sketches, of course).

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    • 8. plaridel  |  May 21, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      mick:

      war is the worst invention of man.

      Reply
      • 9. micklively  |  May 25, 2015 at 10:54 pm

        I agree, but we keep doing it. I’m 56 y.o. and we’ve NEVER been at peace in my lifetime. It can’t always be “the other guy’s” fault, can it?

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        • 10. plaridel  |  May 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

          mick:

          you can blame in on the military-industry complex who needs war to keep them afloat. i guess the vietnam war was a mistake as well as our exploits in the middle east. they have caused more harm than good.

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          • 11. micklively  |  May 26, 2015 at 11:10 pm

            ALL wars are a mistake.

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            • 12. plaridel  |  May 27, 2015 at 6:46 pm

              mick:

              unfortunately, it’s in our genes. it finds us even though we don’t look for it.

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              • 13. micklively  |  May 27, 2015 at 10:29 pm

                I don’t believe that.

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                • 14. plaridel  |  May 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

                  mick:

                  i hope you’re right.

                  Reply
  • 15. Keith's Ramblings  |  May 21, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I cannot imagine what that must be like. You caught the moment perfectly.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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    • 16. plaridel  |  May 21, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      keith:

      thank you for your comment. I deeply appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 17. aysabaw  |  May 21, 2015 at 12:32 am

    breath-….stopping? ha ha great job here sir P!

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    • 18. plaridel  |  May 21, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      aysabaw:

      hopefully, i got the message across.

      Reply
  • 21. draliman  |  May 21, 2015 at 1:21 am

    A great description of what must go through mothers’ and families’ minds when their worst nightmare approaches.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  May 21, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      draliman:

      thank you for reading as always.

      Reply
  • 23. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  May 21, 2015 at 2:25 am

    To be waiting for that housecall must be stressful, and I guess when it’s someone else’s son your relief must be filled with guilt.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  May 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      björn:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 25. gahlearner  |  May 21, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Relieved and sad, that would sum up the feelings of most who are left behind and have loved ones fighting still alive, I guess. Sad and beautiful story.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  May 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      gahlearner:

      thank you for reading. i deeply appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 27. FabricatingFiction  |  May 21, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Relief and sadness. Very conflicting and completely understandable.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  May 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      louise:

      thank you for reading. i deeply appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 29. Rosey Pinkerton  |  May 21, 2015 at 5:02 am

    What must it be like for all mothers in her situation?

    Rosey Pinkerton’s blog

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    • 30. plaridel  |  May 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      rosey:

      i could only imagine how tough it would be.

      Reply
  • 31. Sandra  |  May 21, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    It’s a terrible thought, living with that constantly on your mind. well captured.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  May 22, 2015 at 9:34 am

      sandra:

      thank you for reading and commenting. well appreciated..

      Reply
  • 33. Lorna's Voice  |  May 22, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Having a 29 year old son, I can’t even begin to imagine what these mothers went through…

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    • 34. plaridel  |  May 22, 2015 at 9:35 am

      lorna:

      politicians should think very carefully before sending these boys in harm’s way.

      Reply
      • 35. Lorna's Voice  |  May 22, 2015 at 2:09 pm

        Yes, but it’s rarely their boys that they send…

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        • 36. plaridel  |  May 22, 2015 at 11:15 pm

          lorna:

          that’s the irony of it all.

          Reply
  • 37. afairymind  |  May 22, 2015 at 11:27 am

    You capture the mother’s fear and relief really well. I hope Jason makes it home to her safely. Good story. 🙂

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    • 38. plaridel  |  May 22, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      afairymind:

      i guess that’s a feeling that all mothers share. 🙂

      Reply
  • 39. Amy Reese  |  May 23, 2015 at 10:32 am

    What a difficult situation to be in for a mother. I can see why she would have these conflicting emotions. Well done, Plaridel.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  May 25, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      amy:

      it’s a situation no mother should ever face. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 41. rochellewisoff  |  May 24, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I still remember the night over forty years ago, my husband and I were at his mother’s house when two uniformed men showed up at the door. My brother in law had been killed overseas in an accident.

    No doubt, Jason’s mother’s emotions ran the full gamut in a few seconds. Well done. Lovely tribute.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 42. plaridel  |  May 25, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      rochelle:

      it must really be heartbreaking to witness it in person.

      Reply
  • 43. ansumani  |  May 25, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Lovely tribute to those who served in the military.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  May 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      ansumani:

      you’re very kind. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 45. Suzanne Joshi  |  May 26, 2015 at 5:43 am

    A lovely piece for Memorial Day, Plaridel. I loved the film clip. We all need to remember them every day, not just one. — Suzanne

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    • 46. plaridel  |  May 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

      suzanne:

      the film clip is really moving, isn’t it?

      Reply
  • 47. rgayer55  |  May 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This one touched me. I can’t begin to imagine the gauntlet of emotions that runs through a mother’s head every time a strange car pulls into the driveway. Beautifully written and timely.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  May 26, 2015 at 9:39 am

      russell:

      what a great compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 49. rogershipp  |  January 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Emotions that Mother’s should not have to feel. Well written!

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    • 50. plaridel  |  January 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      roger:

      i deeply appreciate the comment. thank you.

      Reply

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