The Landmark

March 15, 2017 at 3:35 pm 38 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 17 March 2017

Jennifer Pendergast

Photo Credit: Jennifer Pendergast

“What’s that?” I asked grandpa as we were walking in the park enjoying the sun.

“What does it look to you?”

“It’s a big wheel.”

“You’re right. Always remember to trust your instinct.”

He continued that it was a hangover from the time of the giants long before politicians took over and made a mess of everything.

Fast forward twenty years. I was in the same park with my six-year-old daughter when she pointed at the familiar landmark.

“What can that be?”

“What do you think?”

“It’s a giant clock.”

“Sweetheart, you’re so smart. You must have taken after me.”

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38 Comments Add your own

  • 1. FabricatingFiction  |  March 16, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Ah lovely snapshot of the generations.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  March 16, 2017 at 9:55 am

      louise:

      thank you. it was also inspired by rochelle’s favorite quote: “it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

      Reply
  • 3. draliman  |  March 16, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Sweet!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  March 16, 2017 at 9:56 am

      draliman:

      the old man taught him a lesson he couldn’t forget. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. Joy Pixley  |  March 16, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Trusting your instinct is one thing. Letting your daughter trust her own instinct: that’s an even more important lesson. Nice story!

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    • 6. plaridel  |  March 16, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      joy:

      that i fully agree.

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  March 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Sweet story.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  March 16, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      iain:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 9. rgayer55  |  March 17, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I like Grandpa’s explanation.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  March 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

      russell:

      it was a way of honoring him.

      Reply
  • 11. Keith's Ramblings  |  March 17, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I think most of us go with our instincts when we view the prompt each week. A delightful tale indeed.

    Click to read my 100 words!

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    • 12. plaridel  |  March 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

      keith:

      you tell me. 🙂

      Reply
  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  March 17, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    From generation to generation. Cute story with a good message.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 14. plaridel  |  March 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

      rochelle:

      i had a tough time meeting the 100-word limit. glad it still worked. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. Dale  |  March 17, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Lovely indeed

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    • 16. plaridel  |  March 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

      dale:

      if you say so… thank you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 17. Sandra  |  March 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Sweet story.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  March 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

      sandra:

      glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 19. Sarah Ann  |  March 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I like the way packed so much time passing in to your story – well done.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  March 17, 2017 at 10:46 am

      sarah ann:

      thank you for the nice compliment.

      Reply
  • 21. michael1148humphris  |  March 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    We should always trust our instinct.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  March 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      michael:

      yes, that’s a good start to instill confidence on a child.

      Reply
  • 23. neelwritesblog  |  March 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    You captured generational thoughts very beautifully.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  March 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      neel:

      thank you for the nice comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 25. subroto  |  March 19, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Lessons from grandpa not forgotten. Nice one.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  March 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      subroto:

      yes, it was nice for the grandson to remember.

      Reply
  • 27. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  March 19, 2017 at 6:19 am

    A lovely walk with his daughter in the same park he enjoyed years before. Lovely tale …
    Isadora 😎

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    • 28. plaridel  |  March 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      isadora:

      i’m glad you enjoyed reading it. thank you for your support.

      Reply
  • 29. Secretly Slutty  |  March 19, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Haha. Sweet!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  March 21, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      secretly slutty:

      thank you for stopping by. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 31. Michael Wynn  |  March 20, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Great tale of how we pass traditions, beliefs and customs down through the generations

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    • 32. plaridel  |  March 21, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      mick:

      thank you. i’m glad that somehow it made sense.

      Reply
  • 33. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  March 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Haha, this is so endearing.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  March 21, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      dawn:

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

      Reply
  • 35. Christine Goodnough  |  March 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Loved the punch line!

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    • 36. plaridel  |  March 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      christine:

      thank you for reading and appreciate your comment. 🙂

      Reply
  • 37. gahlearner  |  March 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    What a sweet story. I do like Grandpa’s tale of the giants though.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  March 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      gahlearner:

      thank you. i’m glad the story resonated somehow.

      Reply

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