Friday, February 8, 2013

Samuel


Samuel had lived at the retirement home longer than anyone could remember. He said he didn’t need much, had seen it all and been everywhere. 

One night he quietly passed away, alone in his tidy room. It was then that they found his only prized possession, at the bottom of a box in his dresser. 

He was buried with the Purple Heart pinned to the chest of his old Army uniform.


Linked to Lillie McFerrin
for "Five Sentence Fiction"
The Prompt: Purple


21 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Green Speck. I appreciate your response.

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  2. This is a beautiful and touching little story. Well done!

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    1. Than you. I think veterans are sometimes forgotten.

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  3. As you've said on my site: "Great minds think alike, or at least similarly."
    I don't there are not too many topics aside from the PURPLE Heart that most people are going to write about,
    You have "The Color PURPLE" and from our youth "Harold and the PRUPLE Crayon."
    I felt yours has been quite touching, with total strangers recognizing its importance to Samual and to our country.

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    1. I agree. I liked "The Color Purple", and I still have my "Harold & the Purple Crayon" books! I fear our veterans are sometimes forgotten, though they don't forget.

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  4. Well done! I have had a lot of clients who were vets.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  5. Love this. The older generations seem to be forgotten as time goes on. It's nice to be reminded of what they gave for us to live today.

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  6. wow. Being the daughter of a veteran, this doubly affected me.

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  7. Thanks for visiting! This is a lovely post, and yes it was the best take on the prompt :)

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  8. This is a tear jerker ... I love our Vets. I wish they all got the respect that is due them. Very nice, McGuffy, I still can't get over all of the things you pull out of your brain.

    Andrea

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  9. Very touching and beautifully written. A generation that just got on with it without celebration or talking about the horrors despite the heroism that should never be forgotten. xxx

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  10. Such a depth of emotion and intensity in such a short space. Well played indeed. I can understand a veteran who saw no need to boast of merely doing a job that needed to be done,

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  11. I like the detail of the tidy room! Great five sentences here. The story certainly makes you think about the humility of those who have passed away. Thanks for sharing. ~Xiomara of Equis Place

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  12. I thoroughly enjoyed your story, McGuffy Ann. I felt drawn into Samuel's uncluttered life, yet wanting to read more as I know he must surely have a potpourri of life stories to share.

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  13. nice piece. My step dad gave me his before he died and I placed it in a nice frame and it hangs above the fireplace. I'm proud to have it and that he thought enough to give it to me.

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