A Piece of America

June 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 19 June 2015

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was a lighting fixture that Ella’s father bought from the flea market.

Although it was too stylish for their circumstances, it didn’t stop him from installing it in their third floor apartment in Brooklyn. At the time, it represented the only piece of America that he owned.

His father was a doctor in Poland when the communists forced them to become refugees in America. Unable to practice his profession, he took whatever jobs he could find.

Ella who eventually became a doctor herself now thought its rich brass tone would fit nicely in their new home in Long Island.

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  • 1. Leigh W. Smith  |  June 17, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Quite a nice flea-market find, I’d say! Wholly believable story here, Plaridel. Good work.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  June 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      leigh:

      hint. hint. when i came to this country, i stayed in brooklyn where i met an elderly polish couple. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Francesca Smith  |  June 18, 2015 at 1:57 am

    If you can dream it, you can do it. Great take!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

      fran:

      i think most worthy endeavors in this life start with a dream. i read somewhere that you can achieve whatever you believe one way or another.

      Reply
  • 5. rochellewisoff  |  June 18, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A good use of a flea market find. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 6. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

      rochelle:

      one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. that’s why flea market and garage sales are good business. 🙂

      Reply
  • 7. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 18, 2015 at 3:26 am

    A lovely thing to remember her father by. Delightful

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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    • 8. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 10:17 am

      keith:

      i agree. that’s one way to honor his legacy.

      Reply
  • 9. micklively  |  June 18, 2015 at 3:47 am

    You can’t keep a good man down. Foot on the ladder; chandelier in the ceiling: up we come.
    Good piece.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

      mick:

      i fully agree 100 percent.

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  • 11. Rosey Pinkerton  |  June 18, 2015 at 4:21 am

    My grandfather bought a candelabra at a jumble sale once and now I’ve got it. I wonder if I should hang it from the ceiling? Sorry, I’m thinking aloud. A really lovely story.

    Rosey Pinkerton’s blog

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    • 12. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

      rosey:

      i think i have an idea on what’s you’re going to do with that candelabra, but my lips are sealed. 🙂

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  • 13. ansumani  |  June 18, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I watched a HGTV show of two twin brothers renovating/selling homes and they were throwing out ‘good stuff’ as outdated . So I can believe that the Flea market find was actually a worthy piece.

    Nice story of a struggling immigrant who achieved the American dream.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

      ansumani:

      the way i look at it, he had to be strong for his family and wanted something to symbolize the american dream.

      Reply
  • 15. Sandra  |  June 18, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I liked the way the wheel of life turned. The daughter fulfils his ambitions whilst she appreciates his earliest acquisition. Nicely done.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

      sandra:

      it’s a story all too familiar in the immigrant community.

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  • 17. Amy Reese  |  June 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Nice one, Plaridel! I like this a lot. I liked that he hung it up even if it wasn’t quite right. 🙂 And that it later found its home.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      amy:

      thanks. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. Tracey@WhatsforDinnerDoc.com  |  June 18, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Always best to remember your roots and to believe in a better future for your children. You said a lot in this tiny tale.
    Tracey

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    • 20. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      tracey:

      it was partly based on a true story. i met these elderly couple in brooklyn many years ago. the husband was a doctor in poland but ended up being a janitor in a factory. their optimistic attitude in life has inspired me.

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  • 21. Lorna's Voice  |  June 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Very plausible story of immigrants trying to “be” American by having something American. I like the intergenerational theme. Nicely done in so few words!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  June 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      lorna:

      america will always remain a land of opportunity for many.

      Reply
  • 25. Suzanne Joshi  |  June 19, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Great story in so few words of a refugee’s dreams coming true. Well done Plaridel. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 26. plaridel  |  June 19, 2015 at 11:20 am

      suzanne:

      it’s a story that happens everyday. thank you.

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  • 27. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist  |  June 19, 2015 at 12:51 am

    a really nice rags to riches story. Loved it. And what a great find.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  June 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

      irene:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 29. DeeDee  |  June 19, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Nice take on the prompt

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    • 30. plaridel  |  June 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

      deedee:

      thank you for the vote of confidence. 🙂

      Reply
  • 31. gahlearner  |  June 19, 2015 at 10:29 am

    That’s how heirlooms are created. Lovely, uplifting story.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  June 19, 2015 at 11:22 am

      gahlearner:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 33. Margaret  |  June 20, 2015 at 3:29 am

    A lovely success story. I like the chandelier as a symbol of the family’s survival and good fortune.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  June 20, 2015 at 8:51 am

      margaret:

      sometimes dreams do come true.

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  • 35. Danny James  |  June 20, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Nice take on the prompt.

    DJ

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    • 36. plaridel  |  June 20, 2015 at 8:51 am

      danny:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 37. bykimberlylynne  |  June 20, 2015 at 5:47 am

    We oldsters always have high hopes for the next generation. Glad Ella lived the dream. Nicely done.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  June 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

      kimberly:

      in this case, we see the stars converged and planets aligned. 🙂

      Reply
  • 39. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  June 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    What a wonderful use, and paying homage to his father.. truly good.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  June 21, 2015 at 9:33 am

      björn:

      i think that the best thing she could do for her dad.

      Reply
  • 41. phylor  |  June 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Ella was his second piece of Americana.
    Great story on the experiences of new immigrants and the world their children come to occupy.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  June 21, 2015 at 9:34 am

      phylor:

      ella’s living her father’s dreaam indeed.

      Reply

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