“Oh, Essie, guess who is back? George Jackson! I can’t wait to tell Joan. She carried a torch for him for years.”

Essie said, “I saw him. I told him that Joan waited fifteen years for him to come back and marry her. I hinted that she comes to this bench every Friday.”

Prologue: The years had taken their toll on Joan and George. They were now so stooped and short, they could not sit on that high bench! So, noting it was Valentine Day, they walked straight to the Judge, got married and went home where the chairs were not so high.


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Friday Fictioneers, a 100 word challenge by Rochelle based on picture prompt. https://rochellewisoff.com/ Thank you, Rochelle, for hosting this event. Visit Rochelle’s link to find other submissions to this challenging writing event.

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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28 Responses to UPON BEING CUPID

  1. C.A. Post says:

    Reminds me of a poem I once read about an elder gentleman and lady getting married; it spoke of him standing at the altar with a wan, toothless smile as she came down the aisle in her wheeled walker.
    It concluded,
    “Who is this pair, so exceedingly rare?
    The ones who waited till they could afford it.”

  2. James McEwan says:

    Devotion is a special trait.

  3. Liam says:

    A happy ending that was worth the wait.

  4. poetisatinta says:

    They got there in the end 🙂

  5. Dale says:

    That was a sweet one.

  6. oneta hayes says:

    Thank you, Dale. I like “sweet.” But horror gets more comments on these FF stories. I value your comment.

  7. Bill says:

    Peter Reading had an entire chapter dedicated to benches marked, “For The Municipality’s Elderly.” He had a like-titled poem.
    Yours is a charming story, but benches must be usable for the older folks. Right? I use them often. 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, and my legs get shorter all the time! Maybe not my legs but I am a good three inches shorter than I used to be. 😀

    • oneta hayes says:

      Bill, I looked for the book. Found it at Amazon for a measly $116. Think I will not be buying it. 😀 Looks like Reading has a lot of fun stuff for the elderly. I am pretty much limited to kindle books. There is one of these in openlibrary but it is audio. My hearing doesn’t work well with that. Thanks for the lead and grab that book if you find it at a garage sale!

  8. Sandra says:

    You can’t beat a sweet (and swift) reunion.

  9. msjadeli says:

    Their dreams finally came true.

  10. Nan Falkner says:

    But . . . All those wasted years!

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