Sweet Memories

Posted: November 2, 2016 in Friday Fictioneers
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Our Friday Fictioneers photo prompt was provided by Jean L. Hays and posted by our hard-working leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays

You balance beneath the Tucumcari sign, bent-kneed, and crook-backed,
harsh wind whipping your thin white hair.
Docs at Resting Arms nursing home declared you empty-headed.
Not so.
Memories of people who passed through your trading post wander around in your mind like welcome guests.
Each memory sharp.
Juanita: Spanish dancer with a chihuahua who sang “Starlight.”
Roy: Man driving his wife’s skeleton the length of Route 66.
Unique and Special: Twins joined at the shoulders, riding bikes, side-by-side.
Your favorite?
Brice: Brahma bull rider. Grinner of wide grins. Slapper of thighs.
The rodeo man who made you laugh for sixty-nine years.

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Comments
  1. ceayr says:

    Super story of a lifetime of love.
    Some memories obviously don’t die.

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  2. This is so lovely, what a beautiful story.

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    I loved the memories that wander around like guests, Also the singing dog, but you probably didn’t intend that

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  4. Sandra says:

    Such an enchanting story, such imagination. Driving a skeleton the length of Route 66 had me enthralled. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Sandra. I wanted this week’s story to be more upbeat than the last two so tried to give “Sweet Memories” almost a carnival feel. I’m glad you enjoyed the man and his wife.

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  5. Awww I love how you brought it together at the end.

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  6. This is a wonderful way to portray a life… lists can be so powerful, and you captured both the unique and the life-changing ones…

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Great work, Alicia, loved his list of memorable people, really well described in a few words. Excellent.

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  8. Dear Alicia,

    It’s all been said, so I’ll just echo. Lovely story with unique memories. Each one a portrait loaded with personality. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  9. Great story with wonderful little tall tales embedded within it! I can just see the catalog of memories–I know people who think in just this way.

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  10. Dale says:

    Made me think of the movie “Big Fish” where all the tales were true… just enhanced…
    Lovely!

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  11. draliman says:

    Sweet story. So many memories made there!

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  12. Sounds like the circus came to town. My father’s tales became more interesting as he aged and I was blessed to hear them re-told. This story made me smile. Thanks.
    Tracey

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  13. gahlearner says:

    A wonderful story. I love the lighter side of your writing. Empty headed… stupid doctor. And you’re so right, when my mother lost her grip on reality, her favourite tales from her youth still popped up from time to time.

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  14. Ahhh … memories of days gone by.
    Wonderfully written creating images with every line.
    Have a nice weekend, Alicia.
    Isadora 😎

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  15. plaridel says:

    great job. a story with a tinge of melancholy.

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  16. Great descriptive language right from the start and all the way through, no matter how you interpret it.”You balance beneath the Tucumcari sign, bent-kneed, and crook-backed,
    harsh wind whipping your thin white hair.” I see more published stories in your future!

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  17. rgayer55 says:

    I hate to admit this, but I have to agree with Perry. I see more publications in your future.
    I loved the airy feel of this one. Well done.

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  18. wmqcolby says:

    One word — superb!

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  19. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Loved the wistful tone of this story.

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  20. michael1148humphris says:

    Great story to read, full of images, just great.

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  21. Michael Wynn says:

    I love this, very imaginative taking us into another world. The favourite put me in mind of Mr Bojangles for some reason. I suppose it could have been the slapping thighs and making us laugh.

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    • I’d forgotten about Mr. Bojangles. I was picturing a carefree kinda’ guy, roaming from place to place, charming the ladies until he found “her.” Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  22. I love the variety in these memories. I especially like the thought of someone driving their wife’s skeleton around.

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  23. You’ve described such interesting people in so few words and yet I feel i have met them too!

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  24. Amy Reese says:

    What a wonderful treasure of memories, all of them so unique and full. I could see them all. You paint quite a picture with words, miss. Well done, Alicia.

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  25. Alicia, I don’t know where your ideas come from, but I want to spend a weekend there and just take in all the magic and mystery! You amaze me; brilliant!

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  26. I’m getting the idea she’s still at the nursing home imagining or dreaming she’s back at the old store. I love the characters, Alicia. Good writing as always. 🙂 — Suzanne

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