She Was Heading Home

July 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm 30 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 22 July 2016

Jan Wayne Fields
Photo Credit: Jan Wayne Fields

After a long illness, Nana passed away.

One day I saw her sitting alone on the beach staring off into the ocean.

“What are you thinking, Nana?” I asked.

“My ancestral home,“ she replied with a sadness that a seven year old wouldn’t understand.

Years later, I learned that she was the only one in her family to survive the holocaust.

Growing up, it was Nana who babysat me. We became very close. I never felt so safe under her care.

As she was being laid to rest, I cried. At the same time, I knew she was heading home.

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30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra  |  July 21, 2016 at 1:38 am

    A sad one. Welcome back.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  July 21, 2016 at 9:18 am

      sandra:

      thank for the warm welcome. i had a good time in belize. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. creatingahome  |  July 21, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Indeed to a better place.
    Lovely story.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  July 21, 2016 at 9:17 am

      creatingahome:

      thank you for reading. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  July 21, 2016 at 6:53 am

    So interesting to learn afterwards about the horrors.. somehow you will have to put it into perspective better then

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    • 6. plaridel  |  July 21, 2016 at 9:17 am

      björn:

      somehow she felt guilty that she survived and not the others.

      Reply
  • 7. aliciajamtaas  |  July 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I like where you took this. History, memories, and the promise of home.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  July 22, 2016 at 9:06 am

      alicia:

      somehow that’s what came up to me looking at the picture prompt. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 9. Amy Reese  |  July 21, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    How lucky they were able to share a bond. Poignant piece, Plaridel. Very nice.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  July 22, 2016 at 9:04 am

      amy:

      that’s the point i wanted to get across. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 11. liz young  |  July 22, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Sad story with a happy ending.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  July 22, 2016 at 9:04 am

      liz:

      thank you for reading. deeply appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 13. Margaret  |  July 22, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Very moving. I like the way you’ve captured a feeling of stillness and acceptance into your story. Lovely.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  July 22, 2016 at 9:04 am

      margaret:

      that’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 15. mickwynn2013  |  July 22, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Very moving, great comeback

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    • 16. plaridel  |  July 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

      mick:

      thank you. i’m glad it resonated somewhat. 🙂

      Reply
  • 17. gahlearner  |  July 22, 2016 at 9:55 am

    A wonderful memory of his grandmother. We often don’t learn about our family history while people who lived it are still alive. Very sad.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  July 22, 2016 at 11:11 am

      gahlearner:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 19. TraceyDelaplainMD.com  |  July 22, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Heading home. I like that idea.
    Tracey

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    • 20. plaridel  |  July 24, 2016 at 9:53 am

      tracey:

      me, too. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. rochellewisoff  |  July 23, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Welcome back. I’m glad it wasn’t a lengthy absence and that you had a good time. Sweet story. I imagine Nana had many stories to tell.

    Shalom

    Rochelle

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    • 22. plaridel  |  July 24, 2016 at 9:53 am

      rochelle:

      thanks for the warm welcome. i’m afraid ii’ll be gone again in september. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. wmqcolby  |  July 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Welcome back, Plaridel! Poetic and honest. Made me cry. Nice work! Don’t be too long during September, now.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  July 25, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      kent:

      thank you. i will only gone three weeks in september. 🙂

      Reply
      • 25. wmqcolby  |  July 26, 2016 at 4:42 am

        We’ll be here waiting for ya.

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        • 26. plaridel  |  July 27, 2016 at 10:40 pm

          kent:

          glad to hear that. 🙂

          Reply
  • 27. Emily Livingstone  |  July 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    How sad, but nice, too. I like that your story is a departure, moreso than an arrival.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  July 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      emily:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 29. patriciaruthsusan  |  July 26, 2016 at 2:20 am

    A sweet though a sad story about a beloved grandmother, Plaridel. Good and heartwarming writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 30. plaridel  |  July 27, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      suzanne:

      thank you for your kind thoughts. 🙂

      Reply

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