Flash Fiction For The Purposeful Practitioner   …week #10  2016

This is my 197 word submission for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner, hosted by Roger Shipp. He provides us with a photo prompt and approximately 200 words with which we create our stories.

Sentence….”I know it’s only been three weeks……


Letter To Dad

Dear Dad,

I know it’s only been three weeks, but it feels like three months since you left.

I don’t understand why people have to start a war.  They should find a way to get along with each other.

I miss you so much, dad. We always have fun together.  I don’t have a lot of fun anymore.  Mom works at the factory and I have to go with her.  I stay in the snack room or find something to do outside in the back of the factory.

Mom told me to remember all the good times we had together when ever I feel lonely and upset.  So, as I look out the window, I see us in the 3 legged race at the picnic, and mom is on the sidelines cheering us on.

We hop and giggle, and we are having a blast and we want it to last, then we finish last.  We laugh even more!

The factory manager gave me a puppy today!  We can play outside together.  She’s such a sweet puppy, so I named her Lollipop.

I love you dad, and will write every day, and keep my memories close by.       Heidi

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved

26 thoughts on “LETTER TO DAD

  1. Aww…such a sad letter. It’s cruel how families get torn apart because of war. I agree with her, I don’t understand why people have to start a war anyway. Great response to the prompt.


  2. Lovely Jessie. I chose the letter form too, the picture really invites it doesn’t it? It is sad the little girl misses her Dad so much, war is awful in that it separates families, sometimes forever. I’m glad she has a puppy to play with, training it will keep her occupied. Does Heidi have school yet? Hope her Dad can read all her letters fighting, wherever he maybe. Hope he gets to come home to the Heidi and her mom, and not haunted by his experiences.


    • Yes, my first thought was war since she appears to be in a factory and then I had to figure out why…so I came up with this. War ruins so many families in so many ways! I wanted to add the puppy to the story to at least throw in a little happiness for her. It is summer, so she has lots of time on her hands. Her dad has only been gone 3 weeks, so I’m afraid she has a long time to wait for his return. Thanks so much for you comments. 🙂

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  3. I don’t understand why people have to start a war. They should find a way to get along with each other.~ I couldn’t agree more with you. Most girls or boys whose fathers are sent away to war must have felt the same way and would have written the letter, too. ❤


  4. “I don’t understand why people have to start a war. They should find a way to get along with each other.” Ain’t that the truth? It’s funny how children seem to be much better at grasping it than adults… Powerful letter – nicely done!


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