A New Lease in Life

July 17, 2019 at 10:40 am 28 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 19 July 2019

Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

Sitting alone in the park, he remembered the tight-knit community at the foot of the mountain where everybody knew everybody.

It was a paradise surrounded by rice fields and farmlands as far as the eyes could see.

The civil war changed all that, as families were forced to escape the hostilities and became refugees.

He and his family lived in New York now. It gave them a new lease in life. Still, he missed the village of his boyhood.

Break time was over. He stood up, took a deep breath, and went back to his station at the parking garage.

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28 Comments Add your own

  • 1. draliman  |  July 18, 2019 at 12:46 am

    So many people displaced. I’m glad that he, at least, has found a new life.

    • 2. plaridel  |  July 18, 2019 at 3:16 pm


      if anything, he should be grateful.

    • 3. Brenda's Thoughts  |  July 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      It’s so difficult, that balance between being grateful for having a chance to be safe and missing a lost way of life and home.

      • 4. plaridel  |  July 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm


        such is life.

  • 5. gahlearner  |  July 18, 2019 at 3:20 am

    This is the story of so many people, far too many. Well told.

    • 6. plaridel  |  July 18, 2019 at 3:14 pm


      sadly, it’s the way it is.

  • 7. rochellewisoff  |  July 18, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Simply written and simply wonderful. Touching story.



    • 8. plaridel  |  July 18, 2019 at 3:12 pm


      simply enjoyed your comment. thank you.

  • 9. Alicia Jamtaas  |  July 18, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    You did a great job of contrasting the place he loved and his new world of being an attendant at a parking garage. Lovely.

    • 10. plaridel  |  July 18, 2019 at 3:09 pm


      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  • 11. Dale  |  July 18, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Lovely story, Plaridel. Not easy being so displaced and having to start over.

    • 12. plaridel  |  July 19, 2019 at 9:41 am


      hopefully, he’d find his groove in the new country.

  • 13. Sascha Darlington  |  July 18, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    So different, a wonderful village with friendly people to a parking garage. But, I guess, in the long run it’s better than the alternative.

    • 14. plaridel  |  July 19, 2019 at 9:40 am


      i totally agree.

  • 15. Tannille  |  July 19, 2019 at 8:46 am

    We lack a sense of community in the West.

    Hope he found his place.

    • 16. plaridel  |  July 19, 2019 at 9:40 am


      if he’s determined enough, he’d find it.

  • 17. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  July 19, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I loved the way this was written. It shows his life he misses and the acceptance that this is his new life. Nicely done …
    Isadora 😎

    • 18. plaridel  |  July 19, 2019 at 9:40 am


      i appreciate the generous comment. thank you.

  • 19. JoHawkTheWriter  |  July 19, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    urbanization isn’t all it is cracked up to be.

    • 20. plaridel  |  July 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm


      unfortunately, we can’t stop the march of time.

  • 21. patriciaruthsusan  |  July 20, 2019 at 5:37 am

    There must be many refugees with similar memories. A good story well written, Plaridel. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    • 22. plaridel  |  July 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm


      when all’s said and done, nothing would be left of the old country but memories.

  • 23. Abhijit Ray  |  July 20, 2019 at 7:19 am

    That is America. Do as much rumination as you want in your own time. Once break is over, get back to work.

    • 24. plaridel  |  July 20, 2019 at 3:46 pm


      it can be harsh, but that’s reality for most immigrants.

  • 25. James McEwan  |  July 20, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    You may leave your original home, but home never leaves you.

    • 26. plaridel  |  July 20, 2019 at 3:46 pm


      excellent point.

  • 27. kloydecaday  |  July 24, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Hi. I am glad to find this piece. I am a newbie here in WordPress, and I am sharing my first book review about Anne Lamott:https://kloydecaday.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/books-on-faith-terrify-me-until-anne-lamott/. I hope you like my essay!

    • 28. plaridel  |  July 24, 2019 at 9:32 am


      thanks for stopping by. i’ll take a look of your review later. πŸ™‚


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