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As time goes by (Friday Fictioneers)

January 10, 2019

PHOTO PROMPT © Priya Bajpal


Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey…

I dunno, is that how it goes? Maybe, maybe not. Don’t remember much these days. Long time ago.

I’d ask, but well, they don’t listen to an old fella no more. All glued to them black boxes they carry everywhere. I’ve got stories to tell yet. But they don’t wanna listen.

All but my granddaughter.

Every Sat’day she comes. Listens to a silly man ramble on. Like them aliens that attacked back in ’23, Sun goin’ out for a year. Yessiree. Stories.

“Tell me another one Grandpa.”

Later kiddo. I’m tired now.


This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word Count: 100


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  1. Poignant, Laurie. I didn’t listen to my grandfather’s stories either

  2. Frankie Perussault permalink

    Nice take and sadly true. Should we start a world people movement like “I listen to my grandpa” kind of motto?!

  3. Loved the voice in this story and I’d love to hear some of his stories too!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  4. Loved that. My children loved to listen to their grandparents the same way I did mine. My own grandchildren , all twenty five of them, seem to like to listen to me too. I am blessed methinks…

  5. Dear Laurie,

    There are so many questions I wish I’d asked my grandfather. Hindsight and all that. Your story can be read a few different ways and has me wondering if aliens didn’t leave them boxes ev’ryone seems attached to. 😉 Well done.



  6. When I was eight? Nine? years old, our neighbor, who had been at Corregidor during WW II told stories. Ah, how I wish I’d paid attention. But at that age? Who knows what war really is. Thanks for bringing back that memory.

    • Wow, sounds fascinating. And true, as children we don’t truly understand what they are trying to tell us I fear

  7. Wonderful voice here.

  8. Love the grandpa voice. His granddaughter will learn a lot – if she isn’t scared out of her wits. Great story.

  9. I sure wish I’d recorded, as well as listened to, my grandmother’s stories (never had a grandpa)…

    • Oh I’m sorry for your loss, Dale. They are truly fonts of information and my Nana tells the wildest stories! 😊

      • Not much I can do about it now… I’ve got quite a few memories, though.

  10. gahlearner permalink

    Ooh, wonderful. I wonder what happened to these Aliens. This ties future and past together in a way most people can relate.

  11. His granddaughter is a smart little girl. Your story is a sad commentary to the fact that we don’t take the time to hear each other’s story, therefore, the stories are lost. Too much time spent looking at screens. A very well-written reminder.

  12. Grandpa’s always good for a tale, especially about them good ol’ days. Nice one Laurie

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