Posts tagged ‘friendship’

Lost a Friend Today

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 21 May 2021

Na’ama Yehuda
Photo Credit: Na’ama Yehuda

I lost a friend today. Our paths crossed when he joined our team. Yesterday, his contract ended. I’ll miss him.

He came to the U.S. from China to study. After completing his graduate studies, he chose to stay. I don’t blame him as I’m an immigrant myself. The opportunities here are much better.

Asked what he’s going to do, he said, he’ll take a long vacation in China where he and his wife bought a condo close to the beach.

Sometimes it’s better when a friendship ends before it gets boring.

With a handshake and a hug, we said goodbye.

May 19, 2021 at 9:46 am 32 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

Two Women in the Park

Location: Plaza Grande, Quito, Ecuador
Although I like taking pictures, I don’t think I’ll pass as a paparazzi. I find pointing the camera at people without their permission as intrusive. In my opinion, even people in public places are entitled to some kind of privacy.

I’m only human, though. Sometimes I have to make an exception.

While roaming around Quito, Ecuador, I saw these two elderly women sitting together in the park and enjoying each other’s company. I couldn’t resist taking their picture. They seemed to exemplify a friendship that has gotten better with age.

The scene made such an impression on me since I consider friendship the coolest thing in the world. As Emily Dickinson said:

To see her is a Picture —
To hear her is a Tune —
To know her an Intemperance
As innocent as June —
To know her not — Affliction —
To own her for a Friend
A warmth as near as if the Sun
Were shining in your Hand.

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June 2, 2017 at 9:33 am 4 comments

Moving On

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 2 October 2015

Marie Gail Stratford
Photo Credit: Marie Gail Stratford

“Dammit, drink,” Charlie insisted.

But I couldn’t.

Charlie was my best friend in grade school. After losing contact for years, I was happy to join him for beer. It was then I realized he had changed and so did I.

“No,” I said.

We had a share of mischiefs before like scaring girls with a fake mouse, but shoplifting six-pack of beer was a little over the top.

Suddenly without warning, he hit me hard on the back of my head.

When I came to later, he was apologetic.

“I gotta go,” I said. I left and never looked back.

September 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm 40 comments

A Force of Nature

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 25 September 2015

The Reclining Gentleman
Photo Credit: The Reclining Gentleman

I sit under the bridge by the river and think of Ella.

She was a force of nature. She could make me do anything.

Once she told me to make her a valentine card and then said it wasn’t good enough. But she hugged me anyway.

It was the last thing she’d ask of me. On the following Saturday, she died.

I miss her. She never made fun of my accent and called me names like the other kids.

Suddenly, I hear Ella’s voice calling amidst the din of traffic above.

As I slip into the waters, it gets louder.

September 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm 42 comments

It’s Your Birthday

Dear One,

It’s Sunday morning. I hope you woke up feeling great today because it’s your birthday. You think I forgot? I didn’t.

Happy 28th. Seriously? Really? Whatever you say. You don’t look it, and I mean it as a compliment.

You know, the world is blessed that you were born. You’re so special that somebody up there even made a twin out of you. But you know what? There’ll never be another you.

I’m glad that you take up mountain climbing as a hobby. On a trip to Washington, I chanced upon this poem by Yang Sa’Eon (1517-1584) at the Korean Gallery of the National Museum of Natural History. It says:

The mountain may be high,
But it is still below heaven.
Climb and climb again;
Everyone can reach the summit.
Only the man who never tried
Insists the mountain is high.

Well, go get ’em, girl. I see that there’ll be more mountains for you to climb in the days ahead. Just be careful and take your own pace and tackle them one at a time if possible.

Again, happy birthday and many more to come!

As for me, I’ll be off shortly to my volunteer work serving as a course monitor at the annual run to the lake event to benefit the local hospital’s trauma unit. Because of the nice weather, a lot of runners are expected to participate. Wish me luck.

Yours truly,

July 7, 2013 at 1:00 am 1 comment

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