He Wanted to Believe

January 4, 2023 at 10:15 am 40 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 6 January 2023

Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

 
It wasn’t the beautiful, bountiful America he saw in the movies.

He never thought of living in a rundown apartment with front steps littered with trash.

It was a deep contrast to what he told his folks back in his native country.

But he had to keep a positive attitude. Everybody had to start somewhere. He was even lucky to find a job at McDonald’s as a janitor.

Finding himself at the bottom of the stairs, the only place to go was up. In his heart, he wanted to believe it for the sake of the family he left behind.
 

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  • 1. neilmacdon  |  January 4, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    That story may help sustain him

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    • 2. plaridel  |  January 4, 2023 at 6:12 pm

      neil:

      it should.

      Reply
  • 3. James McEwan  |  January 4, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    “The only way is up”, a positive story of determination.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  January 4, 2023 at 6:11 pm

      james:

      i’m glad you liked it. thanks for reading as usual.

      Reply
  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  January 4, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    I hope his dreams work out.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  January 4, 2023 at 6:11 pm

      iain:

      most important thing is that he should never give up.

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  • 7. msjadeli  |  January 4, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    If he was able to find an apartment he could afford on a McD’s janitor pay, he’s blessed. That warm, fuzzy, USA that provides for the tired and hungry from other lands is long gone — if it even ever existed. Thoughtful story, Plaridel. Good question at the end.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  January 4, 2023 at 6:11 pm

      msjadeli:

      he shares the apartment with few other immigrants like him.

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      • 9. msjadeli  |  January 4, 2023 at 7:38 pm

        I feel so bad for them as little hope for advancement without years and years of effort — unless he can invent some gadget/software program/youtube channel that can make him a fortune.

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        • 10. plaridel  |  January 5, 2023 at 9:53 am

          msjadeli:

          i remember a neighbor from brooklyn who was a doctor in poland. unable to speak english fluently and pass the board, he ended up working as a janitor in a factory. his sacrifices were rewarded by seeing his children grew up to become professionals and successful in their fields.

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          • 11. msjadeli  |  January 5, 2023 at 11:38 am

            He was a man of great character and integrity. I wish he would write a book. Those stories, of such fortitude and focus, can and do inspire so many to keep going.

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            • 12. plaridel  |  January 5, 2023 at 10:36 pm

              msjadeli:

              it’ll be great if he does write a book. πŸ™‚

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  • 13. athling2001  |  January 4, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    I like his optimism. Hopefully things will keep working out for him.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  January 4, 2023 at 6:11 pm

      athling2001:

      hope springs eternal.

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  • 15. Tannille  |  January 4, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    Outsiders tend to think America is Hollywood because it’s mostly what they see on tv. Reality is vastly different. It leads to broken hopes and dreams.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  January 5, 2023 at 9:53 am

      tannille:

      as i see it, we stand on the shoulders of those who have dared to improve their lot and make a difference.

      Reply
  • 17. Sandra  |  January 5, 2023 at 12:41 am

    A tale of inspiration.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  January 5, 2023 at 9:53 am

      sandra:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 19. rochellewisoff  |  January 5, 2023 at 7:06 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A poignant story. I hope his dreams can be realized and the stories he sends home with become true. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 20. plaridel  |  January 5, 2023 at 9:52 am

      rochelle:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for reading and commenting as always.

      Reply
  • 21. granonine  |  January 5, 2023 at 9:32 am

    Made me think of the Disney movie about a mouse who traveled to America, believing there were no cats there :). Wish I could think of the name of the movie!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  January 5, 2023 at 9:52 am

      linda:

      interesting. i’ll check out the local library and see if i can borrow it. πŸ™‚

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      • 23. granonine  |  January 5, 2023 at 9:58 am

        I found it–“An American Tale”

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        • 24. plaridel  |  January 5, 2023 at 10:38 pm

          linda:

          thank you for saving me research time. much appreciated. πŸ™‚

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          • 25. granonine  |  January 6, 2023 at 7:56 am

            *Tail, not tale πŸ™‚

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            • 26. plaridel  |  January 8, 2023 at 1:37 pm

              linda:

              ok, thanks again. πŸ™‚

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  • 27. Bill  |  January 5, 2023 at 10:06 am

    A true story for so many. Nicely done.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  January 5, 2023 at 10:37 pm

      bill:

      no doubt about it, i happened to be one of them too. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 29. elmowrites  |  January 5, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    I recently watched a docudrama about a family of Syrian refugees in Canada and one line that struck me was the first to arrive calling back home and saying “It’s not cold in Canada” after trudging through the snow. These people are to be admired and aided, not belittled. I hope your character has all the good fortune he dreams of.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  January 5, 2023 at 10:36 pm

      jen:

      all it would take is to keep the dream alive and be persistent in pursuing it.

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  • 31. GHLearner  |  January 6, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    A sad story and the fate of far too many people everywhere. Let’s hope he finds a way up.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  January 8, 2023 at 1:37 pm

      gabi:

      with hard work and luck, he’ll make it for sure.

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  • 33. CGraith  |  January 6, 2023 at 5:41 pm

    It’s hard to see the good in an ugly place!

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    • 34. plaridel  |  January 8, 2023 at 1:36 pm

      clare:

      true that.

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  • 35. dorahak  |  January 8, 2023 at 6:38 pm

    I can’t help but think he’ll make it, if only to give his family hope. He just seems to have that kind of resolve.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  January 9, 2023 at 9:38 am

      dora:

      it looks bleak at the moment, but he couldn’t give up for their sake.

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  • 37. Keith's Ramblings  |  January 10, 2023 at 6:20 am

    I applaud his positive attitude, one step at a time and he’ll make it. A great take plaridel.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  January 11, 2023 at 11:20 am

      keith:

      let’s hope for the best.

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  • 39. Na'ama Yehuda  |  January 10, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Nicely done! The story if many migrants everywhere.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  January 11, 2023 at 11:19 am

      na’ama:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you for reading and commenting.

      Reply

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