#WDYS — The Reunion

I thought I’d never see her again after the war started twelve years ago. We were in Germany on a two week vacation visiting my family when tensions between the two sides seriously escalated. Ida, concerned about our children back in the states, immediately left for America while I stayed behind in Germany to make arrangements to bring my elderly parents back to America with me. But within a few days of Ida’s leaving, virtually all borders were closed.

I contacted the American Embassy, but I was told that they were overwhelmed with people wanting to get back to the States and mine was not a hardship case. And then the war started and any chance of getting back home to America with my parents, much less alone, was gone.

At first, Ida and I were able to communicate via telephone, emails, and text message, but as the war wore on, most forms of communication across borders was halted. Even old fashioned letters via mail ceased to be delivered.

The situation in the small village in Germany where my parents lived had deteriorated. Most things we take for granted, like plentiful food, clothing, and sundries, were in short supply. I worried about our ability to survive as the war dragged on and on. And worse, being totally cut off from Ida and my kids for so long made my life close to intolerable.

In the eighth year of the war, first my father and then my mother, passed. I constructed makeshift coffins for them and buried them in their small home’s backyard. With no end to the war in sight, I was feeling overwhelmed by loneliness and the fear that I would not survive to ever see my wife and children.

At one point I was close to starvation and was contemplating ending my life, but then word started spreading that the war was finally over and peace was at hand. I decided to travel to the American embassy in Berlin to see if they could get me on an expedited list to travel back to the States.

As soon as I arrived in Berlin, I went to the embassy, but as I approached the building I heard someone call my name. I looked in the direction of the woman’s voice and my heart nearly stopped. It was my Ida. We ran toward each other and embraced for what must have been five minutes. I was crying and whispered in her ear, “Ida, I’ve been praying for this day for twelve long years.”

Ida looked at me, smiled, and said, “You look like shit.” Then she kissed me hard one more time, grabbed my hand, and said, “Come with me, my love. Our children are at the hotel and are eager to get reacquainted with their long lost father.”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Gennaro Leonardi @ Pixabay.

The Wedding Venue

At first Barry wanted to tie the knot with Anita at the old Odium theater because they had met there when they were both performing in a play put on by the local community actors’ group. But Anita had always fancied getting married at the Japanese Garden pavillon at the town’s park. She envisioned a ceremony under the stars with colorful Japanese lanterns and beautiful floral arrangements.

Barry ultimately acceded to Anita’s wishes without too much pushback. The fact that Anita’s parents were funding the whole wedding made the offer too lucrative for him to put up much of a fight.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (knot), Your Daily Word Prompt (odium), My Vivid Blog (garden), Ragtag Daily Prompt (lantern), The Daily Spur (without), and Word of the Day Challenge (lucrative).

Truthful Tuesday — A Day Late

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. Frank apparently got sidetracked this weekend and he forgot to schedule his Truthful Tuesday post, so it didn’t get published until almost Wednesday. We forgive you, Frank. Anyway, here’s what Frank wants to know…

1. What are your thoughts on white-washing in movies and TV shows? (If you aren’t aware, it’s having a white actor play a role of a non-white character. Think of Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, or Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Dr. Strange.)

2. What are your thoughts on changing the race, gender, orientation, or other facet of an established character for the sake of diversity? For recent examples, casting Liet Kynes as a woman in the newest movie adaptation of Dune when the source material clearly indicates Kynes is a man, casting a black man (specifically Samuel L. Jackson) as Nick Fury, who was originally a white character, in the Marvel movies, or making Lt. Sulu gay in the most recent Star Trek movies with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk.

To be honest, I really haven’t given either of these questions a whole lot of thought. That said, with respect to the first question, using white actors to portray Asian, Hispanic, or native American characters used to happen all the time. But I think it’s happening much less these days. I would hope that today’s movie and television producers are more inclusive now than they were back in the day and would hire actors of the same race and nationality as the characters they are portraying.

As to the second question, if I haven’t read the book upon which the movie or TV show is based, I probably won’t even know that the character on screen is a different race, gender, or whatever from the character in the source material. If I am familiar with the original source from which the onscreen character was taken, I probably wouldn’t mind as long as the “diversity casting” doesn’t significantly change the intrinsic nature of the character being portrayed.

But as I said earlier, of all the things going on in the world these days, matters such as these barely scratch the surface of my consciousness.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #142


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

I received my first two COVID-19 vaccinations last February and March. They were the Moderna vaccines. Recently, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved COVID-19 booster shots at 6 months or more after their initial series of shot for certain groups, including for those people who are 65 years and older and adults who have underlying medical conditions or live or work in a high risk setting.

I’m over 65 and I’ve scheduled my COVID booster shot for next week. My question to you this week has to do with COVID-19 booster shots.

If you have already received your initial COVID-19 vaccinations, are you intending to get a booster shot when it becomes available to you? Why or why not? If you have yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19, are you intending to ever get vaccinated? Why or why not?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.