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For Abuelita – Friday Fictioneers

Good Wednesday morning, my peeps. The leader of this band of misfits, Rochelle, has borrowed one of my very own pictures this week. This lovely restaurant, called Ta Chido (That’s Cool πŸ˜‰ ) in the Mile End area of Montreal is where my buddy, Julie, and I ended up when we were on a Cubano Sandwich Search. We had given up on that quest and landed in this Mexican Snack-Bar, which turned out quite delightful.

Should you be tempted to come up with a 100-word story for this pic, just click on the frog below and add your link!

G’head, click me!

For Abuelita

Consuela stood back and admired her handiwork.Β  The colours were bright and there were bits and pieces of home, reminding her of all the stories her Abuelita Rosaria told her.Β  Her customers loved it, calling it kitschy yet charming.

“Go, NiΓ±a. Leave this dead-end town and start anew somewhere else. There is nothing for you and your talents here.”

“I can’t leave you, Abuelita!”

“I am an old woman. I have done what I was meant to. You, on the other hand, are being stifled here.”

Misty-eyed with memories, she smiled, determined to live her dream, just like she promised.

121 thoughts on “For Abuelita – Friday Fictioneers

  1. A difficult thing for a parent or grandparent to do, but you need to let those birds spread their wings at some point, rather than stifle them. Touching and nicely written Dale πŸ™‚

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  3. Q,

    Abuelita knows of what she speaks. She’s like g’head mija, so what you gots to do out there before you too are an abuelita. Sweet, poignant and oh so true. And there is something so warm about that term, abuelita. It evokes such comfort food memories for me, even though mi abuelita was not much for cooking. It’s more the memories of using that term.

    As for the Cubano, that search got undertaken by a good many people. I have peeps who still mention it to me. They’ll go somewhere and have a Cuban sammy and then lemme know about their experience. It’s kitschy.

    Nice jaunt, Q!


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  4. So touching, Dale. It seems to me that Abuelita is giving a really precious gift. Having lived her own life and achieved contentment, she now gives Nina a fabulous big pair of freedom wings πŸ™‚

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  5. Querida Dale,

    Such a sweet story of two women. Abuelita was very wise. I love it that Consuela is pursuing her dreams. Well done, my friend. Thank you for a great photo as well.

    Shalom and lotsa hugs,


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    • Querida amiga Rochelle,

      Muchas gracias. I like to think Consuela is extremely lucky to have such a wise abuelita, indeed.
      Most welcome for the photo..

      Shalom and lotsa amor,


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    • She did leave her grandmother (abuelita means little grandmother, a term of endearment) and started her restaurant. I like to think she managed to bring her over to visit.

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  6. You’ve managed to tell a heartwarming tale in so little words, Dale! My heart goes out to both Consuela and her Abuelita. I hope Consuela gives herself the opportunity to see the world outside of her town and brings back many stories for her Abuelita πŸ™‚

    P.S. Thank you for this great photo this week!

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  7. The older lady was being very generous to tell the younger one to go and follow her dreams as she had. A good and well-written story, Dale. Thanks for the lovely picture for the prompt. It’s leading to many good stories. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  8. One of my regrets in life is that I didn’t live close to either of my grandmothers. I dearly loved the small amount of time we were able to spend together. There is a richness in that grandparent relationship that doesn’t compare to anything else in the world.

    Lovely story, Dale.

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  9. Such a lovely story. Spreading your wings and following your dreams and knowing that you are loved and supported by family. That young woman is lucky.

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