Friday, April 1, 2016

Absent - A to Z Challenge - The Letter A

Blogging from A to Z Challenge
April 2016
This month I will be participating in the “Blogging from A-Z Challenge” 
What is it?

Blogging every day.  It begins on April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until I finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.   The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

Unless otherwise stated, I will be writing fictional pieces, as is this first one. 



Absent
My mother left when I was old enough to realize but too young to understand.

Years later, as I look back on that time of the immediate days after, I liken the experience to the first stages of grief.

We spoke only in a hush of whispers for it seemed she had taken our voices away with her.

We tiptoed into separation,  each of us finding our own hiding nooks, for it seemed she had painstakingly untied each knot of the cord that had bound us so tightly together.

We wandered aimlessly like unprogrammed robots for it seemed she had stolen our purpose.

I remember feeling childishly confused, repeatedly asking questions no one would answer.  Where had she gone?  Why did she go?  When is she coming home?

Now I am old enough to understand.   After nearly seven decades of life experiences,  I realize that she left us many years before she walked out the door.

18 comments:

  1. Short, but yet so very powerful! Great start!

    betty

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  2. I agree, the word powerful fits perfectly, and hits the nail on the head. Reads very true!
    Nice to meet you Lynda!

    Thank you for posting for the A to Z Challenge
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    1. Thank you, Yolanda. Nice to meet you too.

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  3. Happy to know this was fiction. This is a pain I never knew, and hope I never do know.

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    1. Well, I think there is always a little truth in fiction, right?

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  4. Wow. So sad. I hope the narrator grew up well after.

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    1. I believe the narrator developed a great deal of strength.

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  5. Whether true or false or both, abandonment is horrible. (Notice I used an A word to comment.) Great start to the A-Z.

    T

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    1. Thanks! No, abandonment is not a good feeling.

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  6. Once again your talent for writing shines through in this piece - beautiful and almost poetic in places but heart-achingly sad. I am so looking forward to reading more :)
    Pempi
    A Stormy’s Sidekick
    Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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  7. Fantastically done, Lynda. There is so much packed into such a tiny piece!

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  8. Wow, Lynda! Powerful story. Love the ending!
    Have a great weekend!
    Lori

    My A2Zs @ As the Fates Would Have It & Promptly Written
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  9. So many feels I got from this.

    You have been minioned by Sheena-kay Graham
    Proud Minion of the Joy Brigade

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