WHEN A BABY BIRD LEAVES THE NEST

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–October 16th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/sunday-photo-fiction-october-16th-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 198 Words

WHEN A BABY BIRD LEAVES THE NEST by P.S. Joshi

When Wanda went to Business College in 1960, she expected to get a job, then a boyfriend, then quit working after about a year and start a family. Many girls did that in those days.

When she interviewed for her first office job, they told her, “You’re too young and pretty. You’ll soon get married and quit work to start a family.”

She finally did find a job but stopped dating that boyfriend.

She dated several boys but none turned out to be the right one for marriage. In several years, she saved some money so quit work to go to college and learn teaching.

There was still no boy she wanted to marry. In four years, she started teaching. She still lived at home. Her father and she were close and he got used to having her living at home. However, she began to get restless. She felt life was leaving her behind as she was in her late twenties and still single. Her mother was fine with her getting her own place to live just so she was happy.

When she told her father, he almost cried.  He said, “People will think we had a fight.”

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THE BRAVE AND THE DEDICATED

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–May 1st, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/sunday-photo-fiction-may-1st-2016/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 5+200=205 Words

THE BRAVE AND THE DEDICATED by P.S. Joshi

Every year there were brave, dedicated people given the task to put their lives in danger for the greater good and the welfare of the nation’s  children. They didn’t ask for the job, it was assigned to them. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor ice, nor snow could be an excuse for stopping.

They weren’t awarded great honors for doing it. There were no laurel wreaths or parades. No slave stood beside them in a chariot saying, “Remember, you are only a man.”

These were the driving instructors in the local high schools.

Ledbetter’s Lake High School was rural. Some of the youngsters had been driving tractors. They took the course for an ‘easy A’. “Yeah,” Rudy Hefflefinger said with a grin, “that’ll be my only ‘A’ in high school. It should raise my ‘D’ average a little.”

Lily Crickle was not optimistic. As she told her best friend, Bettsie, “I’m scared half to death. I’ve never been behind a wheel in my life. Dad said I had to learn to drive so I could go to Business College in the city when I graduate. My whole future depends on it.”

It was a snowy and icy winter in northeastern Ohio.

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