The Family Diner

December 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm 24 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 23 December 2016

Roger Bultot

Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

When Lori and her young daughter entered the diner, she was overcome by nostalgia for the time when the family owned it.

Ten years ago, she inherited the diner after her mother passed away. Being unable to manage it on her own, she was forced to sell it to the highest bidder.

Looking around the place, nothing much had changed. The furniture and the family decor remained. It might as well be her grandfather cooking his signature omelet in the kitchen.

“Why are you crying, mama?” Little Abby asked.

“It’s nothing, dear. It must be my sinuses acting up again.”

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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  December 22, 2016 at 2:13 am

    A nice example of the memories and emotions that places and buildings can hold for us. Well done.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      iain:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 3. rgayer55  |  December 22, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Buildings can hold wonderful memories for us. I can certainly relate.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      russell:

      thank you. happy holidays.

      Reply
  • 5. rochellewisoff  |  December 22, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Dear Plaridel

    I loved this. I could almost smell the burgers and fried. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      rochelle:

      thank you. happy holidays.

      Reply
  • 7. draliman  |  December 22, 2016 at 7:47 am

    It’s always a bit of a shock, seeing someone else in “your” place.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      draliman:

      well, such is life. happy holidays.

      Reply
  • 9. FabricatingFiction  |  December 22, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I could really relate to this.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  December 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      louise:

      somehow she must learn to move on. happy holidays.

      Reply
  • 11. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  December 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    So hard… If it had been me, I would have kept myself away from that place.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      björn:

      she had to face her demons. happy holidays.

      Reply
  • 13. wmqcolby  |  December 22, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Very nice. SO neat and very realistic. I know of people like her.

    Nice work this week, Plaridel. Have a Merry Christmas!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      kent:

      thank you. happy holidays to you and your family.

      Reply
  • 15. Dale  |  December 25, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Sadly sweet story. Time to move on, Mama, hard as it is!

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      dale:

      hope she can hear you. happy holiodays. 🙂

      Reply
  • 17. Amy Reese  |  December 26, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    It would be a strange experience to go into a diner you once previously owned, like going to an old house. I once googled my old family home and saw current pictures of it online. I could barely recognize it. Such a strange experience! Great story, Plaridel. It would be harder to take in if nothing much had changed as in your story.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  December 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      amy:

      i felt the same visiting an apartment where i used to stay. brought back old memories… happy holidays.

      Reply
  • 19. ceayr  |  December 27, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Excellent story.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  December 28, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      ceayr:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 21. patriciaruthsusan  |  December 29, 2016 at 12:47 am

    That could be rather sad. Good writing, Plaridel. —- Suzanne

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    • 22. plaridel  |  December 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      suzanne:

      i know.

      Reply
  • 23. neelwritesblog  |  December 29, 2016 at 2:17 am

    I hate going back to a place that i have lived for long. Brings in all those memories and that’s always very good. We need to move on in life. Great writing skills on display here, though.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  December 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      neel:

      deeply appreciated your comment. thank you.

      Reply

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