To Me

Charli Mills challenged us to write about the old photograph. I chose to use one from my early years. Be sure to connect with Charli and her remarkable 99-word flash fiction challenges every week!  Carrot Ranch

Chubby little legs held her up to the table where her parents had placed the birthday items. Such a display of love and affection. Of course, there was nothing in her mind to understand all the joy and excitement. She was new to all of this celebration.

Flash forward more than sixty years. Tears now fill the eyes of the senior citizen looking at the old photograph. Knowing now that her parents had little or no money, they still managed to make that birthday extra special. Knowing now what beautiful gifts birthdays have been. She makes a wish.

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

27 responses to “To Me

  1. I love that photograph! I think as little ones, we have no idea of what our parents go through to give us good lives. It only occurs later when we look back on the memories they gave us.

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  2. That’s adorable ❤️
    nothing can replace parent’s love 🙂

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  3. We see so much more in the little things we did not understand before. So much gratitude flows. How beautiful you conveyed that, Annette.

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  4. What an adorable photo! Your story was so touching, Annette. I enjoyed it. ❤ xo

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  5. Written with great feeling 😌

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  6. How deeply moving! Such a wonderful tribute to your parents, Annette.

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  7. What a gift to recognize the gifts of sacrifice loved ones made when we had no idea.

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  9. I love how growing up opens our minds to the world and other perspectives. It can strengthen bonds and our love for self and where we can from. What a heartbreaking and nostalgic piece, Annette, but I can feel the love through it all. Your character feels real through her emotions. Beautiful writing!

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