Beautiful As Ever

February 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm 28 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 21 February 2018

Gail Stratford

Photo Credit: Gail Stratford
As a young widow, she raised her children the best way she could.

She said she worked the night shift at the local hospital. He believed it even though she dressed up and put on makeup for work.

After being drafted in the NBA, the first thing he did was buy her a house which made her cry.

“Does it mean I can retire, too?” she asked.

“Yes, Mama, it’s time to soak it in.”

On her funeral, she was a mere shell of the woman she used to be. But in his eyes, she remained as beautiful as ever.

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  • 1. Alicia Jamtaas  |  February 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Oh, I love this. The give and take between mother and son. And what DID she actually give? Nicely done.

    • 2. plaridel  |  February 21, 2018 at 10:30 pm


      she made a lot of sacrifices including selling her body to bring food to the table.

  • 3. Moon  |  February 21, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Subtle and beautiful!
    Loved your story,Plaridel.

    • 4. plaridel  |  February 21, 2018 at 10:55 pm


      thank you. i’m glad it still makes sense even with details removed to make the 100-word limit. 🙂

  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  February 22, 2018 at 1:56 am

    A hell of a sacrifice – I’m glad he was able to repay her in later life.

    • 6. plaridel  |  February 22, 2018 at 9:09 am


      i guess she had raised him and his siblings well.

  • 7. Norma  |  February 22, 2018 at 7:08 am

    There are good days and bad days and life keeps going on…

    • 8. plaridel  |  February 22, 2018 at 9:09 am


      such is life, indeed.

  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  February 22, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Such a touching story. Glad the son understood and appreciated her sacrifice no matter what her true profession. Well done.



    • 10. plaridel  |  February 22, 2018 at 9:09 am


      at the end of life, she became like a dead rose. it was the memories that kept her blooming.

  • 11. Dale  |  February 22, 2018 at 11:11 am

    What a heartbreaking yet meaningful story. She did what she had to and raised her son well…

    • 12. plaridel  |  February 22, 2018 at 12:32 pm


      more kudos to her.

  • 13. draliman  |  February 22, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I’m glad he remembered his Mum after he made it big (I don’t know what “NBA” is but am assuming it’s some sort of sports thing?), and got her off the streets.

    • 14. plaridel  |  February 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm


      NBA stands for National Basketball Association in the States.

  • 15. anuragbakhshi  |  February 23, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Awwe, what a sweet tale of love between a mother and her son. I loved how you indicated at her real profession without making it obvious.

    • 16. plaridel  |  February 23, 2018 at 11:08 am


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

  • 17. pennygadd51  |  February 23, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Well written. She made a big sacrifice, so I’m glad he appreciated it and was grateful.

    • 18. plaridel  |  February 23, 2018 at 11:07 am


      it’s very kind of you. much appreciated.

  • 19. granonine  |  February 23, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I wonder when he finally realized how great her sacrifice really was. He’s the best kind of son.

    • 20. plaridel  |  February 24, 2018 at 9:14 am


      she brought him up right.

  • 21. Dawn M. Miller  |  February 23, 2018 at 6:06 pm


    • 22. plaridel  |  February 24, 2018 at 9:14 am


      thank you.

  • 23. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  February 24, 2018 at 7:21 am

    I think they all knew her sacrifices… what a good thing she could give it up…

    • 24. plaridel  |  February 24, 2018 at 9:13 am


      yes, finally.

  • 25. rgayer55  |  February 25, 2018 at 4:49 am

    I know women who dress up and put makeup on before going to work in a chicken plant, but evidently this lady was working in the “oldest profession.” Still, she did what she had too to provide for her children.

    • 26. plaridel  |  February 26, 2018 at 3:24 pm


      under the circumstances, she didn’t have any other choice. she could be compared to fantine in les misérable.

  • 27. Sarah Ann  |  February 26, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Very touching – the love between mother and son strong and there for all to see.

    • 28. plaridel  |  February 26, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      sarah ann:

      thank you for the kind comment. much appreciated.


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