Dreams Unfulfilled

February 24, 2021 at 12:14 pm 40 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 26 February 2021

Note:This story is written in memory of the boy who has died last week during the Texas winter storm. May he rest in peace.

Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

 
As the snow started falling, Pepito, the 11-year-old recent immigrant, couldn’t hide his excitement. He played outside running all over the place with complete abandon with his dog.

“Come, Maria,” he beckoned his little sister to join him in the fun. But she’d rather play inside with her doll.

It was destined to be his first and last winter. Record-low temperatures caused massive blackouts that left his family and million others without electricity for days.

Freezing and shivering in the cold that night, Pepito died, his dreams unfulfilled. Roses in their neighbor’s garden survived and mourned for his untimely passing.

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40 Comments Add your own

  • 1. theministryofshrawleywalks  |  February 24, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Oh how sad and a beautiful tribute to a terrible drama. well done

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    • 2. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:17 am

      shrawley:

      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
  • 3. Na'ama Yehuda  |  February 24, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    So very VERY sad. This should not happen. Not in this day and age. And yet …

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:17 am

      na’ama:

      the powers that be should get their acts together to prevent this tragedy from happening again.

      Reply
      • 5. Na'ama Yehuda  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:34 am

        And each one of us must do what is within our power, too.

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        • 6. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 10:16 pm

          na’ama:

          absolutely.

          Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  February 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Very sad. And this is happening in the richest country in the world.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:17 am

      iain:

      it appears that the power companies didn’t see the need to prepare for harsh weather like this.

      Reply
  • 9. ahtdoucette  |  February 24, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Powerful tribute. Well written. Thank you for sharing and remembering.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:16 am

      anne:

      you’re welcome.

      Reply
  • 11. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 25, 2021 at 6:04 am

    A tragic tale indeed. Why, oh why?

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    • 12. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:16 am

      keith:

      the family is suing the utility company serving the area for failing to warn people of a hazard, providing inaccurate and incomplete advice and information to customers and participating in and contributing to acts that caused the incident.

      Reply
  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  February 25, 2021 at 6:36 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Tragic story. Beautifully written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 14. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:16 am

      rochelle:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 15. liz young  |  February 25, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Poor little Pepito – and his family will be devastated, always blaming themselves for the decision to move.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:15 am

      liz:

      hopefully, he and the others who have died in this tragedy don’t end up just as statistics.

      Reply
  • 17. pennygadd51  |  February 25, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Well done, putting a human face to an otherwise anonymous tragedy. Poor Pepito.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:22 am

      penny:

      may he rest in peace.

      Reply
  • 19. draliman  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Very sad, beautifully written.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 9:22 am

      draliman:

      thank you for your comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 21. Dora  |  February 25, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    This is too sad. Nothing worse than blighted hope, especially in the death of a child.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 10:16 pm

      dora:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 23. Alicia Jamtaas  |  February 25, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Oh! I do hope that little boy did just what you wrote so that his last hours before death were joyful and filled with a new experience.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      alicia:

      he actually did.

      Reply
  • 25. granonine  |  February 25, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I cried when I read about that boy’s death, and you have me crying again. So incredibly sad.

    Reply
    • 26. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      linda:

      i can assure you that you’re not the only one feeling the same.

      Reply
  • 27. Dale  |  February 25, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Beautiful tribute to such a sad tale, Plaridel. I was heartbroken when I read about it.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  February 25, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      dale:

      thank you for reading as usual. much appreciated.

      Reply
      • 29. Dale  |  February 26, 2021 at 5:16 am

        🙂

        Reply
  • 30. Brenda's Thoughts  |  February 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Wow, so very sad and could very well have been a true story. Well written tribute, Plaridel!

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    • 31. plaridel  |  March 1, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      brenda:

      it was based on a true story that happened in Texas last month during the height of the snowstorm.

      Reply
  • 32. msjadeli  |  February 28, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Such a senseless tragedy. From what I read about a decade ago there was a similar storm power outage and a detailed list of what needed to be done to weatherize the power plants was given. Nothing was done with it. People didn’t need to die. My heart goes out to the loved ones left behind.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  March 1, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      msjadeli:

      now the largest and oldest power cooperative in Texas has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing last month’s winter storm that left millions without power.

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      • 34. msjadeli  |  March 1, 2021 at 2:04 pm

        of course! the response of the incompetent to avoid accountability 😦

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  • 37. Michael Humphris  |  March 1, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Nature can be beautiful and yet so hard. Many will have suffered such a tragedy

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    • 38. plaridel  |  March 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm

      michael:

      it’s very true.

      Reply
  • 39. Psychic-Medium-Author Ronda Del Boccio  |  March 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Wow, a depressing tale, but well told.
    Ronda

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    • 40. plaridel  |  March 3, 2021 at 10:14 am

      ronda:

      coming from you, i’m deeply honored. thank you.

      Reply

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