What’s for Dinner?

April 12, 2017 at 9:15 pm 36 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 14 April 2017

Dale Rogerson

Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

As a waitress and single mother, Olivia could barely make ends meet. What kept her going was her faith she’d make it big in Hollywood someday.

Most days, she made do with leftover food. Today was no different. She was ecstatic when a customer barely finished half of his pizza.

“What’s for dinner, Mama?” her daughter Ella asked Olivia as soon as she arrived home.

“How about pizza?”

“Yipee!” Little Ella couldn’t hide the excitement on her face.

“Someday,” Olivia thought as she was setting the table ready, “Ella and I will look back and remember this time with fondness.”

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36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. beautyswot  |  April 13, 2017 at 3:09 am

    definitely, one day you can look back and see just how far you have come

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    • 2. plaridel  |  April 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      bettina:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 3. rochellewisoff  |  April 13, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    You’ve captured Olivia’s determination. You have me cheering for her. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  April 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      rochelle:

      thank you. i hope she can hear you. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 5. draliman  |  April 13, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Good for her, and good luck too. I admire her faith in herself!

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    • 6. plaridel  |  April 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      draliman:

      faith is what keeps her going.

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  April 13, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I’m glad she still has a positive outlook to keep going.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  April 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      iain:

      in life, thinking positive really makes a big difference.

      Reply
  • 9. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover  |  April 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Lovely.

    Reply
    • 10. plaridel  |  April 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      life lessons of a dog lover:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 11. Christine Goodnough  |  April 13, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    That’s one wise lady —and she’s right about the “looking back with fondness” part.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  April 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      christine:

      she’s one wise lady, indeed, and courageous, too, if i may add.

      Reply
  • 13. Alicia Jamtaas  |  April 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Somehow I feel Olivia will make it – big time.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  April 13, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      alicia:

      i read somewhere that thoughts are things. all she has to do is believe.

      Reply
  • 15. rgayer55  |  April 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Just the other day, Connie and I were talking about living on instant mashed potatoes and macaroni & cheese. One of our regular meals was tuna mixed with a can of mushroom soup served over toast. Back then, we could make $10 last all week.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  April 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      russell:

      i also remember them days when i survived on top ramen.

      Reply
  • 17. yarnspinnerr  |  April 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    You created a very positive character in Olivia. Cheers.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  April 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      yarnspinnerr:

      thank you. i’m glad it worked somewhat. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 19. Michael Wynn  |  April 15, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Olivia will prevail she has the right attitude and determination

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    • 20. plaridel  |  April 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      mick:

      yes, it’s easy to root for her.

      Reply
  • 21. Sarah Ann  |  April 15, 2017 at 3:22 am

    A lovely portrait of a caring mother. Olivia will get there in the end. Ella seems safely unaware of how hard everything is and will definitely remember the evening with fondness.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  April 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      sarah ann:

      olivia will appreciate your kind words. she deserves a break real bad.

      Reply
  • 23. amiewrites74  |  April 15, 2017 at 3:40 am

    She is strong and determined, definitely someone I can root for.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  April 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      amie:

      i agree.

      Reply
  • 25. rogershipp  |  April 15, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Ella is already excited. She has no idea of the sacrifices. Well done!

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    • 26. plaridel  |  April 17, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      roger:

      she’s an angel and deserves the best under the circumstances. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 27. Dawn Quyle Landau  |  April 16, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    And imagine the day when Ella will see a whole pizza! Hard life for sure!

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    • 28. plaridel  |  April 17, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      dawn:

      i think that day will come. let’s keep the faith.

      Reply
  • 29. Dale  |  April 17, 2017 at 11:02 am

    A determined woman making a life for herself and her daughter. That is to be commended. I have faith that said determination will be beneficial to her and that indeed, they shall look back fondly!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  April 17, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      dale:

      she’s grateful for the best wishes. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 31. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  April 17, 2017 at 11:29 am

    What a sweet honest story.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  April 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      dawn:

      thank you. that’s the best story i could come with this week. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 33. yuhublogger  |  April 18, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I’m sure things will turn out just fine! I love this story.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  April 18, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      yuhu:

      let’s hope for the best. πŸ™‚

      Reply
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    • 36. plaridel  |  June 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      David:

      thanks for the pingback! much appreciated.

      Reply

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