Too Many Places, Too Little Time

July 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm 52 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 14 July 2017

Janet Webb

Photo Credit: Janet Webb

Andrea wanted to see the world. In her room, she had a glass jar where she wrote each desired destination on a piece of paper. It didn’t take long for it to become full. Her mom jokingly remarked, “Too many places, too little time.” It proved to be prophetic.

After graduating from high school, Andrea was diagnosed with leukemia. Sadly, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant didn‘t work for her.

“Mom,” she implored. “I’m tired. I want to go home now and sleep in my own bed.”

Shortly thereafter, she passed away leaving a glass jar packed with dreams unfulfilled.

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52 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cheesecake  |  July 12, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    astig sir 🙂

    so much feels.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 9:59 am

      angelica:

      thank you. you’re very kind.

      Reply
  • 3. Sandra  |  July 12, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    So very sad.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

      sandra:

      sometimes life throws you a lemon.

      Reply
  • 5. Moon  |  July 13, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Poignant.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

      moon:

      it is, indeed.

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  July 13, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Such a sad and tragic tale.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

      iain:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 9. neilmacdon  |  July 13, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I like the “glass jar packed with dreams”

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    • 10. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

      neil:

      when i looked at this week’s picture, that was the first thing that came to my mind.

      Reply
  • 11. rochellewisoff  |  July 13, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Very sad and tragic story of a dreams cut short. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 9:57 am

      rochelle:

      thank you for your generous comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 13. wmqcolby  |  July 13, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Wow! So heartbreaking. Did great, Plaridel. “Make the most of opportunities while you can.” A good theme there.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 9:57 am

      kent:

      sounds like a good advice.

      Reply
  • 15. draliman  |  July 13, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Sad, especially the last line.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 9:57 am

      draliman:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 17. Keith's Ramblings  |  July 13, 2017 at 5:55 am

    A sorrowful tale indeed, and so sensitively written.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

      keith:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 19. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  July 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I have a lump in my throat… so sad.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      björn:

      what a great compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 21. Alicia Jamtaas  |  July 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Now I’m crying. Dang it!

    Reply
    • 22. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      alicia:

      i don’t know what to say…

      Reply
  • 23. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover  |  July 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Nothing in this word sadder that some one young dying and leaving behind unfilled dreams. Beautifully written and touching story.

    Reply
    • 24. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      cindy:

      thank you for your comment. coming from you, i consider it a great compliment.

      Reply
  • 25. Varad  |  July 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    What a wicked curveball life threw at her! A very sad tale.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  July 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      varad:

      thank you for reading. it makes writing worthwhile.

      Reply
  • 27. Fluid Phrase  |  July 13, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Such a sad and moving story. Good take on the prompt.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  July 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      fluid phrase:

      thank you for your encouraging comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 29. rgayer55  |  July 14, 2017 at 4:08 am

    In America, there’s an organization called the Make-a-Wish Foundation that fulfills the wishes of many dying children each year. Your story made we want to send them a donation today.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  July 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      russell:

      that’s awesome!

      Reply
  • 31. Liz Young  |  July 14, 2017 at 4:58 am

    I hope her glass jar inspires the dreams of others who fulfil her dreams by proxy.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  July 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      liz:

      that’s a splendid idea.

      Reply
  • 33. Sarah Ann  |  July 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Beautifully poignant.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  July 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      sarah ann:

      thank you very much.

      Reply
  • 35. Dahlia  |  July 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    This is sad…

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    • 36. plaridel  |  July 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      dahlia:

      i know.

      Reply
  • 37. FabricatingFiction  |  July 15, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Incredibly sad.

    Reply
    • 38. plaridel  |  July 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      louise:

      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
  • 39. pennygadd51  |  July 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    So sad. Makes me count my blessings. Thank you.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  July 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

      penny:

      thank for reading. i means a lot to me.

      Reply
  • 41. gahlearner  |  July 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    It’s always extra sad when a young person’s dreams are shattered. Makes us appreciate our own gifts a lot more. Well done.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  July 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

      gahleaner:

      i second the motion.

      Reply
  • 43. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  July 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Oh my…so sad…

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    • 44. plaridel  |  July 18, 2017 at 10:14 am

      dawn:

      thank you for reading as usual.

      Reply
  • 45. gravadee  |  July 16, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Sad but Lovely take on the prompt

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    Reply
    • 46. plaridel  |  July 18, 2017 at 10:14 am

      marina:

      thank you for your comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 47. patriciaruthsusan  |  July 18, 2017 at 3:31 am

    How tragic, Plaridel. This reminds me of a classmate of mine in the 50’s who was diagnosed with Leukemia. Back then there was no cure and the teachers told us she was dying. She came back to school for a time but did eventually die. Good writing, —- Suzanne

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    • 48. plaridel  |  July 18, 2017 at 10:13 am

      suzanne:

      it’s really tragic to die young.

      Reply
  • 49. Dale  |  July 19, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Oh so tragic!
    For some strange reason, it made me think of the movie “Mask” where he has a map with pins marking the places he wants to visit…

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    • 50. plaridel  |  July 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      dale:

      it’s very imaginative of you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 51. Indira  |  July 19, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Very sad tale. Written beautifully.

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    • 52. plaridel  |  July 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      indira:

      thank you for the encouraging comment. much appreciated.

      Reply

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