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Would you look at that! This week’s Friday Fictioneers is a repeat and actually one that I participated in back on April 10, 2015. I thought that I would not play but a new thought popped in my head and here I am. Thank you, Miss Vacationer, Rochelle, for hosting this party even while you are playing on the beach. If you are so inspired, click on the frog below and add your own 100-word story!

Β©Jennifer Pendergast


Sitting on my porch, I watch the freight train pass by at top speed. Time that went so slow as I was living it has now blurred into a speed impossible.

Between each boxcar, a scene from my life flashes, proving a lifetime of memories is but a blip on the whole. Playing tag in the park, necking in the backseat of a car, celebrations of weddings, births and deaths of loved ones; each memory is given the same allotment in time.

More cars are ahead than are behind now, and I realise that it is so, too, for me.

157 thoughts on “Flashes

  1. I love your take on the boxcars representing memories frame by frame. I also have seen more boxcars pass than are left. I just hope the caboose takes its time getting here. I’m ok with waiting for the long train.

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  2. Wow, Miss Dale.
    You jumped on that coal car quickly. Well done! I also agree that the last line has metaphoric poetic potential.
    I too, can see more past than future. Now I hear the last few lines of the song Long Train Runnin’ by The Doobie Brothers…

    “When the big train run
    When the train is movin’ on I got to keep on movin’
    Keep on movin’
    Won’t you keep on movin’?
    Gonna keep on movin’ ”


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  3. Ah, those trains of time … sending clouds of steam into the night, chug-chug-chugging along. Sometimes I can actually hear the wheels of passage whispering: “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can… ”
    LOVED this analogy.
    So glad you playin!

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  4. Lovely writing, Dale, and I agree with comments here, do not let the past obscure the present. I have a saying that I repeat to myself sometimes “All we have is now”. I only use it when it’s helpful and I don’t say it in public in case people think I am talking to myself – though lately masks are helping with that, cos nobody can see you doing it πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, Jilly. I am definitely a live in the present type. The past is gone, and we can look back at the memories and hopefully learn from any mistakes but keep moving forward.
      Yes, the masks do help hide our expressions and self-talk πŸ˜‰ Silver linings!


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  6. I never thought of it in those ways, Dale. So creative! I once thought of a story where a guy had one week somewhere and he knew he had to leave because the train whistle would be the reminder each day. Same kind here. Neat!

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  7. My dear Thunder,
    Reading this has encouraged my hot flashes. Sweating like there’s no tomorrow, I wonder – where’s a walk in freezer when you need one?
    Nice write! It sure worked for me.
    (Damn freezer is probably on the last car!)

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