May 9, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a mom selfie — a story that creates an image of a mom. No one mom looks alike or fits a maternal mold. Who is she? Go where the prompt leads
My Mom Selfie
I lost my mom when I was 23. The hardest thing after was getting married and having kids without her. My mother-in-law was nothing like my mom. I went on to have two fantastic kids of my own. They were so smart and loved learning! We were happy. We moved from our beach community to the woods. I regret it except for the friends I made. My kids were never 100% happy.
My son passed in an accident, which has left a hole in my heart. My daughter is beautiful, kind, and smart and perfect!
Milly had dared Bernadette to do it and she couldn’t believe that her best friend went through with it! The day before Bernadette was telling Milly how in love she was with Brandon. “If you’re so in love, Juliet, why don’t you show it at the drive-in tomorrow night!” “What?!?! You want me to prove my love at the drive-in? That is disgusting. There is no way I am taking off any of my clothing in the back seat of Brandon’s car, let alone anyone’s car. If we do it it’s going to be in a bed. Jeez, Milly! I can’t believe you would even want me doing it in public like that!” “Bernie, that isn’t what I meant! I meant, drag Brandon up onto the platform and kiss him in front of all the cars. I’ll be there with Jack and who knows who else will be there! Are you afraid your mom might be there?” “Milly, first of all, my mom doesn’t do drive-in movies. Second, I’ll take the dare! I think it will be fun to get up. there. I just have to hope that Brandon will go along with it.” “Well, just prove that you made your greatest effort and I will give you credit! But, you really have to try and convince him.”
Later that night, as the movie began to play, Milly, who was sitting with her head resting on Jack’s shoulder, sat up abruptly! “Oh my God! She is doing it!” “Doing what, Mill?” “I dared Bernadette to drag Brandon onto the platform and kiss him in front of the whole drive-in theater and she is doing it! Aw, look how cute they both are!” “I’d have done it,” Jack responded. “Well, I know that. It wouldn’t have been much of a dare. I would definitely do it! Maybe we should surprise the crowd and get up there too.” “Let’s not and say we did. Give them the limelight for now. I’m happy with kissing you right here.”
For visually challenged writers, the image shows an island across a stretch of water. Upon which you can see some ruins and a white lighthouse.
Some days are harder than others and today is a difficult one. I don’t know what triggers the hard days. I suppose I need this writing to clear my head. Thanks for reading.
For someday I may see you there Standing in the open air Not a figment not a phase Just my son, the one I’d raised For now I wait and cry instead I can’t get sad out of my head Some days are easy some are not I try to be thankful for what I’ve got It doesn’t seem fair to those who live that I don’t have as much to give a part of me was lost that night When you were taken out of sight.
I see a place far from me now a place I knew not when but how it was a place I used to go when feelings flared tears would flow Across the sky above the land like little pebbles grains of sand only specks of a bigger life where happy pairs with pain and strife This place I see I want to hide knowing love is still inside.
Is there a song you associate with someone special in your life?
Please share a song which sparks fond memories of someone, or something, in your life? A relative? A friend? Maybe a family pet? Or even somewhere you lived or visited? Even better, share that memory as well?
After losing my husband in 2018 I sort of figured I would be on my own…maybe not forever, but I didn’t feel the need to find someone else. But fate plays its own role and I met David. I was nervous to have such strong feelings for someone, I was falling in love. I didn’t want to rush into things and one day I told him how I felt. Then I heard this song…
There’s no need to complicate it Dress it up or overstate it Without too much hesitation Here’s the way I feel
I like you, I like you Even when I don’t try to Yes, I do, that’s the truth I like you
Seven years is a long, long while Somehow you still make me smile I’d say almost most the time Here’s the way I feel
I like you, I just like you Even when I don’t try to Yes, I do, that’s the truth I like you, hmm
There are way too many love songs And I think they’ve got it all wrong ‘Cause life is not the mountain tops It’s the walkin’ in between And I like you walking next to me
Well I like you, I like you Even when I don’t try to Yes, I do, that’s the truth I like you, yeah
He seemed to sip his wine with grace gazing at that beautiful face Wondering how fate could work this way Thinking that she could make his day Courage would be just what he needs Perhaps the liquor would plant those seeds For now he’d sip and take in her beauty Hoping someday he would be her cutie.