Mother Knows Best

January 24, 2018 at 9:50 am 45 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 26 January 2018

Sandra Crook

Photo Credit: Sandra Crook
 
Dino was talking his mom into buying a car. He thought he deserved it. He’d gotten good grades. Most importantly, he put the trash out without being told.

“Mom, don’t you think itโ€™s time? I don’t mind if it’s a used one.”

The ever-diplomatic mother answered with another question.

“Would you rather have a car or live in this rundown apartment forever?”

End of discussion. To an immigrant family, owning a house was top priority.

A year later, there was enough money for down payment on a property in Queens. It was the first time Dino saw his father cry.

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  • 1. James  |  January 24, 2018 at 9:55 am

    I checked and the most inexpensive home I found in Queens was a foreclosure that could go as low as $15,000. The next least expensive was $200,000. After that, it was a half million and up through about a million and a half. Yikes. No wonder they had to save every penny for a house.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  January 24, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      james:

      it’s always about location, location, location. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. Sandra  |  January 24, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Good one. I agree, a home comes before everything else.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  January 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      sandra:

      yes, dino’s excited he has a room all to himself now. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 5. Cara Hartley  |  January 24, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Beautifully told.
    Housing in the area where I live is insanely expensive, and I’m rather underemployed due to health reasons and needing to keep Medicaid. Hence why I live in a broken-down mobile home with no hot water or working furnace.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  January 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      cara:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
    • 7. Christine Goodnough  |  January 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      I hope you live south of th Mason-Dixon line or on a tropical isle. ๐Ÿค”

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      • 8. plaridel  |  January 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

        christine:

        what a wonderful idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 9. Susan A Eames  |  January 24, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Dino learnt an important lesson.Good story!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 10. plaridel  |  January 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      susan:

      yes, he did. thank you.

      Reply
  • 11. pennygadd51  |  January 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    How touching that Dino’s father should be so moved by achieving his aspiration. I should think Dino was very glad he hadn’t been given a car.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  January 24, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      penny:

      it was the fulfillment of a promise he made to his father-in-law. it took awhile, but he finally made it.

      Reply
  • 13. Iain Kelly  |  January 24, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Nice story. A family home is something special. He can save up and get a car in the future.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  January 24, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      iain:

      that’s so true. it helps keep the family together and build memories.

      Reply
  • 15. Alice Audrey  |  January 24, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Kids got no perspective. Spoiled even when they are raised right.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  January 24, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      alice:

      if anything, they grow up. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 17. Moon  |  January 24, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    A beautiful story and superb storytelling.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  January 24, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      moon:

      thank you for the kind comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 19. anuragbakhshi  |  January 25, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Awwe, such a beautiful story.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  January 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

      anurag:

      i appreciate the comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 21. subroto  |  January 25, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Hard work does pay off in the end and is probably more satisfying too. Nice one.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  January 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

      subroto:

      yes, most immigrant family can relate.

      Reply
  • 23. Keith's Ramblings  |  January 25, 2018 at 3:32 am

    That scene will have a lasting effect I’m sure. Delightful.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    • 24. plaridel  |  January 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

      keith:

      i think you’re right. thank you.

      Reply
  • 25. draliman  |  January 25, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Priorities. Nice one!

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    • 26. plaridel  |  January 25, 2018 at 8:39 am

      draliman:

      as the title says, mother knows best. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 27. rochellewisoff  |  January 25, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Lovely story. I do have two grammatical nitpicks. “he’d got good grades”…should be gotten, I think. The end…first time Dino saw his father cried. …should be ‘cry. Still a wonderful story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 28. plaridel  |  January 25, 2018 at 8:39 am

      rochelle:

      duly corrected. glad you liked it in spite of the grammatical transgressions. thank you for bringing them up. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 29. rgayer55  |  January 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    A touching story with a good lesson. Well done.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  January 26, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      russell:

      it was based on the story of someone i know which would remain anonymous in the name of national security. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 31. Dale  |  January 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    And that’s why immigrants are so successful! They know where their priorities lie, they are not lazy and will work day and night to get their property!

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    • 32. plaridel  |  January 26, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      dale:

      i guess they have to. they don’t have a choice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • 33. Dale  |  January 26, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        They might not but I truly think some cultures have a better work ethic than others…

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        • 34. plaridel  |  January 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

          dale:

          it’s possibly true. such is life.

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  • 35. Norma  |  January 26, 2018 at 6:42 am

    I loved the term “the ever-diplomatic mother”. She saw what was best… At least now Dino will have his own room. Well done!

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    • 36. plaridel  |  January 26, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      norma:

      blessed are those mothers, indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 37. Christine Goodnough  |  January 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Well told. Hurray for them. For too many people poor housing can be tolerated as long as there’s money for beer.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  January 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      christine:

      well, it maybe true in some cases. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 39. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  January 28, 2018 at 3:00 am

    What a great lesson… getting a home comes first (after getting food and the table and a good education)

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    • 40. plaridel  |  January 30, 2018 at 10:42 am

      bjรถrn:

      i think that’s the way it should be for everyone.

      Reply
  • 41. magarisa  |  January 28, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    What an important lesson for Dino. Great take on the prompt!

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    • 42. plaridel  |  January 30, 2018 at 10:41 am

      magarisa:

      thank you for reading. i appreciate the comment very much.

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      • 43. magarisa  |  January 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm

        You’re welcome, Plaridel.

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  • 44. Dawn M. Miller  |  January 29, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I always say you gotta pay the rent/mortgage first. It’s a top priority. Good lesson here.

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    • 45. plaridel  |  January 30, 2018 at 10:39 am

      dawn:

      i agree. a roof over your head should be at the top of the list for every family.

      Reply

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