Remembering Grandma

August 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm 48 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 25 August 2017

 Jan Wayne Fields

Photo Credit: Jan Wayne Fields
 
While camping out in the desert, I was overcome by an overwhelming feeling of sadness. I remembered the night I said goodbye to my grandmother.

“Grandma, I’m going to America. I’ll see you when I come back.”

“Pepito, don’t hold your breath. I may not know where America is, but I know it’s farther than the moon.”

“Look, ” she continued, pointing at the moon. I can see it but not America.”

Several years later, she died. Due to the distance, I wasn’t able to attend her funeral.

“Grandma was right,” I realized belatedly. “America is farther than the moon.”

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  • 1. Dale  |  August 23, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    So often true… and sad.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  August 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      dale:

      i know.

      Reply
  • 3. Moon  |  August 23, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    This is so touching . You have written it beautifully.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  August 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      moon:

      your comment is much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply
  • 5. neilmacdon  |  August 23, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    A beautiful thought

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    • 6. plaridel  |  August 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      neil:

      thank you for the beautiful comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 7. Sandra  |  August 24, 2017 at 1:01 am

    So true.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  August 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      sandra:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 9. draliman  |  August 24, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Very sad.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  August 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      draliman:

      in a way, it was.

      Reply
  • 11. Kelvin M. Knight's blog  |  August 24, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Further and bigger and full of blue cheese! Nice story. Sadly told.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  August 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      kelvin:

      what a great compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 13. Jelli  |  August 24, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Every immigrants experience, no doubt. Love how you’ve captured it.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  August 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      jelli:

      that’s so true. i’m glad you liked the story.

      Reply
  • 15. granonine  |  August 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Put me in mind of the millions who have boarded boats, planes, or whatever was available to get them here. It must have seemed like an impossible dream.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  August 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      linda:

      each one has to start somewhere. the first step is the hardest.

      Reply
      • 17. granonine  |  August 26, 2017 at 6:04 am

        No fear. My husband is no longer up to doing all the maintenance to keep the camper useable. Thank God.

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        • 18. plaridel  |  August 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm

          linda:

          🙂

          Reply
  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  August 25, 2017 at 3:12 am

    A poignant piece indeed.Well done.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  August 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      keith:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 21. gahlearner  |  August 25, 2017 at 10:45 am

    So sad and true. Leaving people behind is always the hardest.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  August 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      gahlearner:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 23. Mrs. Completely  |  August 25, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Grandmas are usually right. So sad he couldn’t be there for her. Nicely written. :o)

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    • 24. plaridel  |  August 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      lori:

      i couldn’t agree more. thank you.

      Reply
  • 25. rochellewisoff  |  August 25, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    This felt factual. At any rate, it was also poignant and left an ache in my heart. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 26. plaridel  |  August 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      rochelle:

      it was very perceptive of you.

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  • 27. Alicia Jamtaas  |  August 25, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Beautiful dialogue. I like the idea of America being further than the moon because Grandma can’t see it.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  August 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      alicia:

      you’re very kind. thank you.

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      • 29. Alicia Jamtaas  |  August 25, 2017 at 8:29 pm

        YOU came up with a grand idea.

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        • 30. plaridel  |  August 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm

          alicia:

          if you really thought so. much appreciated. 🙂

          Reply
  • 31. michael1148humphris  |  August 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Many strive to make the journey, not really understanding what they may loose. Great Writing

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    • 32. plaridel  |  August 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      michael:

      that’s true. you win some and lose some.

      Reply
  • 33. rgayer55  |  August 26, 2017 at 4:51 am

    It must be hard leaving all you know behind for a distant world where you know no one and must start from scratch. You captured the emotion well.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  August 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      russell:

      it’s tough, indeed, but, like they say, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

      Reply
  • 35. Zee  |  August 26, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Awww. Such a sad ending 😦

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    • 36. plaridel  |  August 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      zee:

      thank you for reading and support. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 37. Liz Young  |  August 26, 2017 at 9:56 am

    The sadness of the expatriate vividly drawn.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  August 27, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      liz:

      thank you for your comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 39. amiewrites74  |  August 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Ah, this hit me in the heart. Loved it.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  August 28, 2017 at 9:26 am

      amie:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 41. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  August 28, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Beautiful … your writing improves every week…

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    • 42. plaridel  |  August 28, 2017 at 9:25 am

      björn:

      a great compliment for sure. thank you very much.

      Reply
  • 43. gravadee  |  August 28, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Lovely take on the prompt. I could totally picture this

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    • 44. plaridel  |  August 28, 2017 at 9:25 am

      merina:

      thank you for reading. i deeply appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 45. Dahlia  |  August 29, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I feel sorry for grandma…

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    • 46. plaridel  |  August 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      dahlia:

      me, too.

      Reply
  • 47. Nan Falkner  |  August 31, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Good story Plaridel! His Grandma loved him. Perhaps he will win an all-expenses paid vacation there – If he wants to moon travel, he may have to buy a million tickets to win. Enjoyable tale!

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    • 48. plaridel  |  September 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

      nan:

      he wished. 🙂

      Reply

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