This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch ( http://www.carrotranch.com ) was to write a 99 word (no more, no less) flash fiction about a park bench using one of the times shown on a gif. Having completed one, this pedometer geek was suddenly inspired to write another one based on a couple in our small city.
Young and vibrant, the couple first met when he was a sailor on one of the Great Lakes ore boats. He was the ship’s cook, and she, a teacher.
Whenever he came into Huron, the pair met at the park overlooking Lake Erie. Over time, their love grew with kisses, cuddles, and poetry. Eventually, they married, settling here.
Sixty-four years later, they celebrate once again. She has dementia; he has Parkinson’s, but their love is still strong.
In the park where they once met is a bench with a dedication to them: “The sailor comes home from the sea.”
Nancy Brady, 2020
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On New Year’s Eve, AKA Hogmanay, a dear friend, my husband, and I had the pleasure of dining with them as they celebrated their sixty-fourth anniversary.