Happy Birthday, Papa

FLASH FRIDAY CHALLENGE: 99 WORDS
PHOTO PROMPT © JEAN L. HAYS

The summer sun is unforgiving as Mary’s rusty buggy stops at the Trading Post. Her horse shakes his sweat soaked mane and snorts loudly. Mary tosses him an apple and he relishes in its sweetness.

Today is her father’s birthday.  Every year she comes here to search the shelves for a gift.

She hands her crumbled money and a metal compass to the cashier. He’s watched Mary grow since she was two. He smiles and says “Tell your father happy birthday”.

She grins and heads back down the road to the old cemetery to give her father his gift.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Indira says:

    Such a sweet story.

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thanks!

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      1. Indira says:

        You are welcome dear.

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  2. Dale says:

    That was sweet indeed.
    As the rest of the story is in the present tense, maybe change your was to is?

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Yes! I have a bad habit of switching back and forth throughout my story. It was originally in past tense. Thank you for the correction.

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      1. Dale says:

        You are most welcome. We’re here to help and encourage each other! I’ve been guilty of it too and just wanted to give you a little heads up! I like that it is in the present tense!

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  3. So poignant, and so timely for all saints day… at least here we decorate the graves at this time of the year.

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad you made the comparison as it was actually the inspiration behind the short story.

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  4. Dear Laura,

    What a tender story. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thank you so much Rochelle. Appreciate the kind words.

      Like

  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice scene, well told.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thank you! Appreciate you taking the time to read my story.

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  6. This is a lovely story. Nice to read something that isn’t grisly – this prompt seems to have provoked a lot of gore!

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      😂 I read a lot of those too!! Thanks for reading. Glad I could lighten the mood at the old trading post!

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  7. Michael Wynn says:

    Lovely, heart warming story

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thanks Michael. Appreciate you reading and commenting!

      Like

    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thank you. Sweet of you to take the time to read and comment.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. michael1148humphris says:

    I enjoyed the timeless feeling of this story

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thank you so much!

      Like

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