A Picture of Contentment

April 21, 2021 at 5:12 pm 43 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 23 April 2021

David Stewart
Photo Credit: David Stewart

 
It was a beautiful day in the park.

From where she sat beside the shopping cart containing her meager belongings, Mara was a picture of contentment watching kids lined up for a ride on the big wheel.

Unable to pay the rent after losing her job, she became homeless. Miserable as her current situation might appear, it didn’t stop her from enjoying such balmy weather.

Mara had learned to appreciate every positive moment that came her way, and this was one of them.

She was now looking forward to a free dinner at the local church later in the evening.

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43 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan St.Pierre  |  April 21, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Wonderful.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  April 22, 2021 at 8:40 am

      susan:

      i’m glad you liked the story. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 3. pennygadd51  |  April 22, 2021 at 2:34 am

    It makes such a difference when we can live like that, with contentment in what we have rather than wishing for what we lack. I hope Mara is soon rehoused.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  April 22, 2021 at 8:40 am

      penny:

      keep our fingers crossed, she finds a job and a roof over hear head.

      Reply
  • 5. neilmacdon  |  April 22, 2021 at 2:58 am

    I guess a lot of people are in this situation now. Perhaps it’s time to take universal basic income seriously

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    • 6. plaridel  |  April 22, 2021 at 8:40 am

      neil:

      that’ll be the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  April 22, 2021 at 4:26 am

    I admire her attitude, it’s not easy to find such calm in such dire straits.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  April 22, 2021 at 8:40 am

      iain:

      a positive attitude is key to her survival.

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  April 22, 2021 at 5:02 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I’ve heard it said that our attitude determines our altitude. Hopefully there are better times ahead for Mara. A good story nonetheless.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 10. plaridel  |  April 22, 2021 at 8:39 am

      rochelle:

      after she hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up.

      Reply
  • 11. Keith's Ramblings  |  April 22, 2021 at 7:57 am

    She certainly seems to have accepted her situation and is making the most of what little she has. Well done plaridel.

    My story!

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    • 12. plaridel  |  April 22, 2021 at 8:39 am

      keith:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 13. GHLearner  |  April 22, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    I like the way you wrote the story, but I hate that people have to live like that after losing their jobs while others….. well… In any case, I’m glad if she at least finds a little enjoyment.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  April 23, 2021 at 9:58 am

      gabi:

      bless her heart.

      Reply
  • 15. Dora  |  April 22, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Love this character, and how you reveal her inner state of contentment regardless of circumstance. Glad the church is there for her.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  April 23, 2021 at 9:58 am

      dora:

      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
  • 17. draliman  |  April 23, 2021 at 2:58 am

    She has a very positive attitude!

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    • 18. plaridel  |  April 23, 2021 at 9:58 am

      draliman:

      thank goodness for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 19. Sandra  |  April 23, 2021 at 3:18 am

    She sounds very contented with her lot. Many would not be.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  April 23, 2021 at 9:58 am

      sandra:

      like they say, if you don’t like it, change your liking. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 21. Elizabeth Young  |  April 23, 2021 at 6:50 am

    She has a remarkable capacity for living in the moment!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  April 23, 2021 at 9:57 am

      liz:

      indeed she has.

      Reply
  • 23. D. Avery @shiftnshake  |  April 23, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Good for her. We never can know all about the people we meet walking down the street or sitting on the bench. It’s good you put this character at the fair, made her visible.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  April 23, 2021 at 9:57 am

      d. avery:

      sadly, most of them are ignored by society.

      Reply
  • 25. Mason Bushell  |  April 23, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Aww, That’s a bit of a sad tale. Glad she’s fighting on, though.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  April 23, 2021 at 10:00 am

      mason:

      what better choice does she have than keep a positive attitude? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • 27. Mason Bushell  |  April 23, 2021 at 10:05 am

        I agree, the only way is up from there and so be positive and keep pushing onward.

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        • 28. plaridel  |  April 25, 2021 at 11:31 am

          mason:

          it’s so true. by the way, if you haven’t already done so, we’ll be very honored if you join friday fictioneers. ๐Ÿ™‚

          Reply
          • 29. Mason Bushell  |  April 25, 2021 at 2:51 pm

            Thank you for the invite, I appreciate that. I’ve just joined and done the last three as it happens.
            Thanks again!

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            • 30. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 9:20 am

              mason:

              that’s great. we’re looking forward to your continuing participation. ๐Ÿ™‚

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              • 31. Mason Bushell  |  April 28, 2021 at 10:23 am

                Aww, thank you so much!

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                • 32. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 1:06 pm

                  mason:

                  the pleasure is mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

                  Reply
  • 33. Brenda's Thoughts  |  April 23, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    You portrayed the character well, content though doing without. A positive outlook is critical to making a bad situation better. I always feel so bad for those who are homeless. Well written, Plaridel.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  April 25, 2021 at 11:30 am

      brenda:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 35. granonine  |  April 24, 2021 at 11:39 am

    I love this. No whining or complaining in spite of her circumstances. I want to be like that when I grow up ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • 36. plaridel  |  April 25, 2021 at 11:30 am

      linda:

      i think she sets a great example for the rest of us. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 37. Dale  |  April 25, 2021 at 8:23 am

    What a beautiful attitude to have. With that, she will surely find her way out.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  April 25, 2021 at 11:30 am

      dale:

      well said. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • 39. Dale  |  April 25, 2021 at 1:38 pm

        ๐Ÿ™‚

        Reply
  • 40. msjadeli  |  April 25, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Being homeless in good weather near soup kitchens isn’t as bad as being homeless in northern winter with no soup kitchens. It’s all relative. I’m glad she’s in a good spot.

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    • 41. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 9:20 am

      msjadeli:

      i guess you have to make do with what you have. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 42. Tannille  |  April 28, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    The true meaning of life. When she gets back on her feet life will be awesome for her.

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    • 43. plaridel  |  April 29, 2021 at 8:33 am

      tannille:

      i suppose it pays to be an optimist.

      Reply

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