The opening sentence for the May 19th Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: “This can’t be that hard.” Please use this sentence (or this thought) somewhere in your flash.



Ethan loved to listen to piano music.  He told his dad that he would be playing the piano one day.

His dad always encouraged him  to try new things, but this time there was no support from his dad.

Ethan wondered why his dad felt that way.  After all, he figured it couldn’t be that hard to do.

However, he was fortunate to receive support and encouragement from his mother.  She secretly arranged for him to take piano lessons.

After a year of piano lessons, Ethan and his mother decided to surprise his dad.

She persuaded his dad to go to a piano concert and that was the night his dad found out about Ethan’s piano lessons.

Ethan was so excited, and he played a beautiful song. It was one of his dad’s favorites.

His dad was so surprised and proud of Ethan and he had tears in his eyes when he hugged and congratulated him.

Ethan could not see his dad’s tears, since he was blind, but he felt them drop on his shirt as his dad hugged him.

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Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved


23 thoughts on “SURPRISED

  1. That was really elegantly and cleverly done Jessie. You had no idea Ethan was blind until you talked about him only feeling the tears but it read as part of the story, didn’t jump out. I liked it because it focused on Ethan making his Dad cry with his talent, not in his disability. Well written.


  2. Oh, you couldn’t have taken me more by surprise with this story even though I’ve read of similar stories in real life. They say that life mimics fiction, but I think it was the other way around on this way. But it is in the way you wrote it that you managed to capture the emotion in the end. Now let me wring out my hankie.


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