This week over at Carrot Ranch ( http://www.carrotranch.com ) the prompt Charli Mills set for the Word Wranglers was to write a 99-word (no more, no less) story using the phrase “carry on.” It can be an expression of perseverance or behaving in a particular way. It can even be luggage you take when traveling.
Here is this pedometer geek’s take on the prompt:
Carry On, My Wayward Son
The phone would ring, and my son, who rarely calls, would be on the other end. “I’m being deployed,” he said. He would follow with the particulars of when, how long, his address, but never where.
Only later would I know, for sure, where my son was stationed during his time away. The first time it was Iraq for six months. The next three times it was Afghanistan even though they were shorter deployments.
For this mother, it was a time fraught with anxiety and worry. Yet, I had to carry on, counting the days until he returned home.
~Nancy Brady, 2021
The title was borrowed from the song lyrics of Kansas, and I suspect you are singing it (or at least, I now have it going around in my head).
To read all the stories of carrying on, check out the blog at http://www.carrotranch.com . Or even submit one of your own.
PS. My son is no longer in the service, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t worry about him as well as his brother.