This is in response to a challenge hosted by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.  175 Words


Dear Dad,

I have received your numerous letters but could not bring myself to respond to them.

As I look at the dock and see the boat missing from slip #3, I am reminded of all the mistakes I have made.  I know I am responsible for the loss of your boat and I deeply regret my actions and the heartache I have caused you.

I ask that you please forgive me and allow me to be a part of your life again.

Your loving son,


Dear Son,

I can not tell you how many times I have looked for a letter, an email or a phone call from you.  I am overjoyed that you have reached the point in your life where you are able to share your thoughts and actions with me.

I have always wanted you to be a part of my life.  You are my son and I will, and have always loved you.


Copyright © Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved

13 thoughts on “LETTERS

  1. A lovely story of love and forgiveness. It reminded me of the story of the Prodigal Son. I think it was only guilt at causing the boat to sink that stopped Jared contacting his father earlier. Perhaps he feared his dad would not forgive him – which was quite the opposite to how his dad felt.

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  2. Before I read the Dad’s reply I had hoped that Jared would be forgiven. Glad Jared finally had the courage to write to his dad and apologise. Your letter idea was a good one. Something different.


  3. Now this is beautiful! A tear-jerker. We forget too often that not only should we forgive and learn how to believe in others again, but we should learn how to forgive and love ourselves, too. An incident occurred, and Jared, who’d been at fault, broke into pieces. He blocked out the pain and put himself back together enough to move “forward,” but he never truly healed. So that forward motion was really running in place (something I believe many of us can relate to). Great to see he’s stepped off that hamster wheel and opened himself back up to love and be loved.


  4. Yes, so true. Thank you for commenting. It is really sad when it takes a person a long time to come to grips with things and decides to make some positive changes. They are hurting and that hurt is spread to others involved. Just one small step in the right direction can really make a huge difference .


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