Living on the Streets

October 14, 2020 at 11:07 am 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 16 October 2020

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Photo Credit: C.E.Ayr

 
From the way he dressed in a nifty school uniform, nobody would have would have guessed he was homeless.

Dylan and his dad had been living on the streets managing to eke out a living by washing boats and doing menial chores at the marina. It was a hard existence. They were often ignored and didn’t exist to those who walked past them.

His dad had encouraged him to get an education for a better future.

The streets didn’t have walls. It didn’t provide roof over their heads. But for now it was home as long as they were together.

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  • 1. James McEwan  |  October 14, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    A story of hope, a self-sufficient life that can only get better.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  October 14, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      james:

      i appreciate the comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
  • 3. bearmkwa  |  October 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Sounds too close to home. Much of my childhood was spent “between” homes.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  October 14, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      jellico:

      you’ve made it so they will too. πŸ™‚

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      • 5. bearmkwa  |  October 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm

        Honestly, sometimes I think those times were better… except in winter, of course.

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        • 6. plaridel  |  October 15, 2020 at 10:20 pm

          jellico:

          when i visited norway, i was surprised to see folks living on the streets too. the country being one of the richest in the world provides free housing to the down and outs. i guess it comes to personal choice.

          Reply
  • 7. Susan A Eames  |  October 14, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    So sad and yet so heart warming too. I’m sure they’ll succeed.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 8. plaridel  |  October 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      susan:

      i’m sure they will. πŸ™‚

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  • 9. pennygadd51  |  October 14, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Good luck to Dylan and his dad.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  October 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      penny:

      thank you. for sure they’ll need it especially during this time of the pandemic.

      Reply
  • 11. Sandra  |  October 15, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Lovely story.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  October 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      sandra:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 13. Keith's Ramblings  |  October 15, 2020 at 5:50 am

    What a wonderful attitude to have in such an impoverished situation. They’ll do good!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  October 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      keith:

      as bruce lee once said, “even when you’re down, look up.”

      Reply
  • 15. rochellewisoff  |  October 15, 2020 at 6:14 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I love the attitude of the son. I’m hopeful they’ll soon have a roof and four walls. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 16. plaridel  |  October 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      rochelle:

      he’s fortunate to have that kind of dad, too.

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  • 17. Elizabeth Young  |  October 15, 2020 at 10:13 am

    His dad is doing a good job – the best he can under the circumstances.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  October 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      liz:

      positive attitude can do wonders.

      Reply
  • 19. Tannille  |  October 15, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    What a punching story. It saddens me this happens. Well done.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  October 15, 2020 at 10:20 pm

      tannille:

      sadly, it does happen.

      Reply
  • 21. draliman  |  October 16, 2020 at 8:28 am

    A tough life but as you say they have each other.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  October 16, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      draliman:

      like they say, when the going gets tough, the tough keeps going.

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  • 23. ceayr  |  October 16, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Grim tale, and yet there is optimism.
    Nicely done

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    • 24. plaridel  |  October 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      ceayr:

      thanks so much. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 25. Dora  |  October 16, 2020 at 9:57 am

    “as long as they were together”: the sum total of what home is, whether or not with walls and roofs. Oh well done, Plaridel, as that expresses why there is reason for optimism for their future.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  October 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      dora:

      thank you for the generous comment. much appreciated. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 27. Psychic-Medium-Author Ronda Del Boccio  |  October 16, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Home is where the love it!
    Ronda

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    • 28. plaridel  |  October 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      ronda:

      i wholeheartedly agree.

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  • 29. Nobbinmaug  |  October 16, 2020 at 11:54 am

    There’s a lot of construction,expansion where I live. There are also a lot of empty buildings. It blows my mind to see people living on the street, in parks in the shadows of new and empty buildings.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  October 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      nobbinmaug:

      sometimes i wonder why it has to be that day. perhaps the owners are playing safe and don’t want to be exposed to potential suits in case of injuries allowing folks to stay there.

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      • 31. Nobbinmaug  |  October 16, 2020 at 2:30 pm

        I’m sure that’s what it is. It’s still sad and frustrating.

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        • 32. plaridel  |  October 19, 2020 at 11:44 am

          nobbinmaug:

          i know, i know.

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  • 33. msjadeli  |  October 16, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    The poor kid and his dad. At least they can use the marina showers and maybe once in awhile sneak into an unoccupied boat to get some decent sleep. Hoping they find 4 walls and a roof soon.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  October 19, 2020 at 11:44 am

      msjadeli:

      you never know, they’re probably doing that already. πŸ™‚

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      • 35. msjadeli  |  October 19, 2020 at 12:34 pm

        πŸ™‚ I know I would if I was them!

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        • 36. plaridel  |  October 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm

          msjadeli:

          πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 37. Brenda's Thoughts  |  October 17, 2020 at 10:27 am

    A very moving story, Plaridel. The last three lines were especially so. And, heartbreaking too knowing it could be a true one.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  October 19, 2020 at 11:44 am

      brenda:

      thank you for the lovely comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 39. Dale  |  October 18, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    He will go far because, even though they have no home per se, they are doing what is necessary and his school education will give him more opportunities. Lovely story.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  October 19, 2020 at 11:43 am

      dale:

      under the circumstances, they have to deal with the hand they’d been dealt with grit and hope.

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      • 41. Dale  |  October 19, 2020 at 1:01 pm

        Exactly.

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        • 42. plaridel  |  October 21, 2020 at 4:16 pm

          dale:

          πŸ™‚

          Reply

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