The Nuances of Sadness

June 10, 2020 at 9:57 am 40 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 12 June 2020

Ronda Del Boccio
Photo Credit: Ronda Del Boccio

While watching hot air balloons soar above, Fatma could feel once again the sadness swelling deep inside.

They reminded her of Ahmet who flew and left the nest a week ago.

For her eldest son, the excitement of pursuing his dream far from home must have deadened the pain, but for his family nothing could ease the emptiness of his chair at the dinner table or the bed in his bedroom.

When it was time to finally say goodbye, everybody put up a calm front and no tears were shed. They would come later in torrents after he was gone.

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Note: The setting for this story is Cappadocia, Turkey that I visited in the past. It’s a beautiful place known for unusual rock formations, houses and old churches carved out of rocks, and hot air-ballooning. Unfortunately, there’s not enough economic incentive for the young to stay. They leave for better opportunities elsewhere.

Location: Cappadocia, Turkey


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40 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  June 10, 2020 at 10:33 am

    That’s life. Hopefully he will come back for a visit.

    • 2. plaridel  |  June 10, 2020 at 11:53 am


      unfortunately, nothing stays the same. but that’s another story.

  • 3. msjadeli  |  June 10, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Brings back memories of when my sons left home. The younger son left for college that was 10 hours away, then my older son moved out a few weeks later, in anger. All of a sudden was an empty nest 😦

    • 4. plaridel  |  June 10, 2020 at 11:53 am


      it was many years after i left home that i realized how sad my mother was then. my aunt said she cried for a long time.

  • 5. Na'ama Yehuda  |  June 10, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Ah, the painful reality of letting the young fly the nest … into skies that take them further than one might’ve wanted them to go …

    • 6. plaridel  |  June 10, 2020 at 11:49 pm


      that was exactly how my dad felt when i decided to move to another country.

      • 7. Na'ama Yehuda  |  June 11, 2020 at 6:51 am

        I bet! It is never easy, even when parents agree with the (grown) child’s decision. Let alone when they might prefer otherwise.

        • 8. plaridel  |  June 11, 2020 at 8:26 am


          some parents are too protective that they want to their kids close enough so they can come to their rescue at a moment’s notice.

  • 11. Anthony North  |  June 10, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    As a father I can definitely relate to this. Nice one.

    • 12. plaridel  |  June 10, 2020 at 11:49 pm


      thank you for reading. i’m glad you liked it.

  • 13. Shweta Suresh  |  June 10, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    That’s life. As someone who has left the nest, I can say that the pain is mutual. But such is life

  • 17. Dragon Warrior  |  June 10, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    It’s such a moving, touching story.

    • 18. plaridel  |  June 10, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      dragon warrior:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      • 19. Dragon Warrior  |  June 11, 2020 at 12:15 am

        • 20. plaridel  |  June 11, 2020 at 8:29 am

          dragon warrior:

          as matthew mcConaughey would say, alright alright alright! 🙂

  • 21. Tannille  |  June 10, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Empty nesters syndrome… Sad but necessary cycle of life.
    You captured this well…

    • 22. plaridel  |  June 10, 2020 at 11:48 pm


      well said.

  • 23. justjoyfulness  |  June 11, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Very real for a lot of parents. I guess they must learn to let go.

    • 24. plaridel  |  June 11, 2020 at 8:27 am


      this is what kahlil gibran said on the subject:

      Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love, but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday.

  • 25. rochellewisoff  |  June 11, 2020 at 5:29 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    My three sons are flung far and wide. I felt the mother’s pain. Well done.



    • 26. plaridel  |  June 11, 2020 at 8:27 am


      i think every parent faces the same situation sooner or later.

  • 27. draliman  |  June 11, 2020 at 5:31 am

    I’m sure he’ll be back with his laundry 🙂

    • 28. plaridel  |  June 11, 2020 at 8:27 am


      you bet, if it’s at all possible. 🙂

  • 29. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 11, 2020 at 8:44 am

    As a singleton with one of my kids 500 miles away and another 5000, I know that feels. Nice on plaridel.

    • 30. plaridel  |  June 11, 2020 at 11:34 pm


      thank goodness for facebook, instagram, skype, messenger, etc. 🙂

  • 31. Dale  |  June 11, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Always hard when one’s baby leaves the nest…

    • 32. plaridel  |  June 11, 2020 at 11:33 pm


      it must be really tough but life should go on.

  • 33. pennygadd51  |  June 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    I have three children, one of whom lives in Malaysia. I miss her rather a lot. However, I remind myself that as a parent it was my job to teach her to fly; the choice of destination has to be hers. I love those words of Khalil Gibran btw. Your story is a good take on the prompt.

    • 34. plaridel  |  June 14, 2020 at 6:51 pm


      i think that’s the right attitude that every parent should have.

  • 35. Russell Gayer  |  June 13, 2020 at 11:47 am

    It’s the parents job to prepare their young to make it on their own then let them fly. They must have done a good job with their son.

    • 36. plaridel  |  June 14, 2020 at 6:50 pm


      if only everybody is as lucky as him.

  • 37. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  June 14, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    It is normal to leave the nest, but there are places where this means a lifelong separation.

    • 38. plaridel  |  June 14, 2020 at 6:50 pm


      for some there’s no turning back indeed.

  • 39. granonine  |  June 14, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    A very sad reality in too many areas. The young leave because the grass is greener elsewhere.

    • 40. plaridel  |  June 14, 2020 at 6:49 pm


      it’s been that way since the beginning of time.


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