Friday Fictioneers — A Life Wasted


Cal went up to the attic to clean the place up. He and his wife were planning to put the house on the market and he needed to get it ready for the appraiser.

As he was going through the junk that they had accumulated up there over the decades, Cal found an old pair of his grown son’s sneakers. They were dusty and full of cobwebs, but seeing them stopped him cold and brought tears to his eyes.

Had it already been 15 years since he lost his son in the Iraq war? What a beautiful life wasted.

(98 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers writing challenge from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Sarah Potter.

19 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — A Life Wasted

    • Fandango September 21, 2017 / 9:12 am

      Thanks. Many parents have suffered such pain because of unjustified and unnecessary wars.

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  1. baddadcartoons101 September 21, 2017 / 8:58 am

    It’s too bad wars are not fought by the elders of societies and for people and companies to profit from war is an unpardonable sin!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rochellewisoff September 22, 2017 / 4:19 am

    Dear Fandango,

    I can’t imagine the anguish. Well done.




  3. Christine Goodnough September 22, 2017 / 11:07 am

    So sad for the father. You never recove from a loss like that, folks who’ve been there say. Well told.

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    • Fandango September 22, 2017 / 11:30 am

      Thanks. Yes, the death of a child is forever devastating.


  4. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover September 22, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Wow, this was heartbreaking. I feel for the MC being thrown back into his grief like that.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 22, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Sometimes it just takes the slightest thing to stimulate memories…good and bad.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Kelvin M. Knight's blog September 24, 2017 / 11:03 am

    A sad reminder uncovered. Maybe he might dust them off and keep them out the attic to remember properly?


  6. granonine September 26, 2017 / 8:47 am

    I never realized how evocative old shoes could be until this week’s prompt. True to life. Made me tear up, too.

    Liked by 1 person

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