It’s done,  down to the menus, salt, pepper, and welcome mat.  Dad chuckled when he saw the name, Felicia’s Forte.  She was daddy’s little girl.

Felicia nervously waited at the hostess desk.  The door opens…..to customers and to her future.

Eighteen years since that first opening day.  Felicia had paid Dad back after just eight years..  Felicia’s Forte was successful.  Voted “Best” in the county.  Recognized by the State Tourism Board.  Closed by something to small to see.

Today the ban lifted.  “If at first you succeed, you can succeed again,” she thought as she flipped the OPEN sign


Image: Dale Rogerson, from Rochelle 100 word Friday Fictioneers










About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. pranabaxom says:

    Let’s hope every one of the small businesses that suffered during the stay at home.

  2. Dale says:

    I hope she does!

  3. calmkate says:

    Hello Oneta … I’ve missed you!

    Sounds like you might actually know someone in a similar situation?

    • oneta hayes says:

      Don’t we all? Both my sons are small business owners – health and nutrition. I do think the restaurant businesses will come back quicker than is predicted. We do like our food! My husband and I seldom eat out but I plan to use some of my stimulus money in that way as well as other small businesses in our community. And, yes, I have missed you also. My blog has grown to the place I pretty much limit it to answering comments and following “likes.” Probably true with you also. But I don’t know what first separated us. I’m coming over. 😀

      • calmkate says:

        yeh, I really thought I’d lost you … but know you are busy so if it gets too much I get it!

        Is there a stimulus package to help your sons?

  4. oneta hayes says:

    I think they are just biting the bullet. I suppose a loan is possible. Their will get their personal stimulus as family. They are the optimistic sort. Full of faith and hope. We’ll be okay. I hope you are secure. Good to chat with you.

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