The bridge to no where

Frost on a stump. Sandra Crook.

He told grandpa what he wanted for his 10th birthday.

“A bridge! Why?”, grandpa laughed.

That laugh froze the words in his mouth: “I love the big tree. Playing on it’s branches  makes me feel loved and secure, like being in my mother’s womb”.

Anyway, who spoke of feelings? “Only girls do that!” he remembered father saying often. So he just shrugged feigning nonchalance.

On his birthday he ran out to the meadow and saw the new bridge. His excitement turned to tears. Grandpa had cut his favourite tree to build the wood bridge.

He never once crossed that bridge.

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The above 100 word story is written in response to the 100 word photo challenge posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Field each week. Photo prompt  by Sandra Crook.

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18 responses to “The bridge to no where

  1. Poor lad… Good story, though 🙂

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  2. Oh! What a fabulous story! My heart dropped at the same time as the boy’s..

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  3. Most excellent and creative use of the prompt. But that Grandpa is just mean!

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  4. Reminds me of the saying, “Careful what you ask for.” Still doesn’t excuse the meanness of the grandfather.

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  5. A powerful story that reminded me of my dad, who I’ll be seeing next week, because this is the kind of project he’d do – and we’d all take for granted while playing in the back yard. A reminder never to take the people in our life for granted.

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  6. That was a heartbreaker. Well done.

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  7. Gosh. Be careful what you wish for! Interesting response to the prompt. Well done.

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  8. Dear Ansumani,

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. Poor boy got his bridge but lost his tree. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  9. Very sad and an astute comment on how boys are or aren’t allowed to express themselves. I assume he needed the bridge to get to the tree. Great irony here.

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    • You assumed right. Yes , it’s sad indeed that when boys and girls feel the same amount of emotions ….some parenting styles start suppressing the display of emotions in boys…leading to lost opportunities

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  10. “Always say your truth.” I hope I’ve taught my sons to always say their truth.

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  11. The boy didn’t say anything about the tree, he only said he wanted a bridge.

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