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Austin – Friday Fictioneers

It’s Wednesday, for a couple of hours, anyway.  What does that mean?  It means Friday Fictioneers!  Our lovely hostess, Rochelle, blogger at Addicted to Purple, artist and published author, (you really MUST read her books!) has provided her own picture as the photo prompt.  Isn’t it lovely? What does it make you think of?  Have you a story you’d like to share with us?  Click on the link to Rochelle’s blog for the hows and whats.   Not sure about adding your own but would like to read other interpretations?  Click on the Blue Frog below.

©Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre:  Not Fiction

Word Count:  100


Today is your birthday.

I can barely wrap my head around the fact I could be the mother of a twenty-year-old.  Yes, I am way old enough, but still.

What is the proper term anyway?  I was your mother, you are no longer here.  Am I still?

I was pregnant for the first Mother’s Day but you were gone before the second one.  I never got to celebrate.

Time keeps moving forward, just like the tide keeps coming in.  Life is good.  You have two brothers and I am (still) a mother.

I miss you.  Daddy doesn’t have to anymore.

70 thoughts on “Austin – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Dale,

    As soon as saw the title I knew I was in for a tearful read. You are generous in sharing your sorrows and triumphs with straightforward honesty. Well done is an understatement.



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    • I was happy to be able to say a little something to honour his birthday. Thanks for the inspiring photo!


  2. Such a beautiful little baby, Dale. Even after many years, there’s no getting over it. 😥

    May Austin’s memory and your husband’s be for a blessing and the God of all comfort be with you.

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  3. Not everything makes me cry, but this certainly did. I so relate to you Dale. I know your pain, and stories like yours make me appreciate the time I had with my own son. I wish you all good things. You deserve the happiness you seem to have now. Patsye

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  4. This was deeply moving, and beautifully written, Dale.
    Your double-heartbreak makes my heart ache.
    Despite all the travails and pain you’ve had to undergo. you seem so filled with life. May that carry you through all of your life.
    And please know that I’m sending warm thoughts and hugs your way.

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  5. This really touched me. Many people who’ve experience this kind of pain tend to bury it deep inside. But by speaking of it, who knows how many lives may be touched and the healing salve it offers to those who feel so alone in their grief. Thank you for sharing. God Bless.

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  6. What a beautiful child, Dale. I’m so sorry for your loss. You’ll always be his mother. How wonderful you were gifted with two more sons. Thank you for having the courage to share your losses with us in the hope of helping others. I’m sure you have. ❤ — Suzanne

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  7. What a beautiful child! The last line doubled the heart-break. I admire your strength and resilience Dale.

    I didn’t read your story first before writing mine – but somehow this picture took us to the same shores of grief.

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    • Thank you. He was a character! He was Austin the terrible in the first 2 months at the hospital. A sweet, happy child for the 5 months at home…
      We do.what we must.


  8. Well, that moved me to tears, Dale. I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish I could you give a big hug. Of course, you will always be his mother and this he knows. And the bright side is that they are together again. Thanks for sharing your story with us here. My heart goes out to you. xoxo

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  9. Dale, it was hard to hit Like and I didn’t read the comments… this is gorgeous, and heart breaking, and utterly breath taking. I have thought of you so much, since the death of your husband; I had no idea that you have survived such deep loss. Big, virtual hug to you… Motherhood is not counted in the days we love and hold them; you are a mama always.

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    • Thank You, Dawn. Such wonderful words sent my way!
      There have been challenges, no doubt, which definitely help one to appreciate the little and big.things. Thanks so much.

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