Weekly Writing Challenge: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words-Mother

Weekly Writing Challenge: A Picture Is Worth A 1000 Words

Who knew that this picture would be the picture that would end up defining our family. Mother insisted she take this photo as we wore our Sunday best. Father, never one for photos, only agreed because he hated being late more. Sissy was so proud of having her first big girl purse and I secretly agreed with father. Photos were for sissies and I took my cue from father and put on a stoic look.

Mother didn’t take the picture right away insisting that she wouldn’t unless we smiled. Sissy did her best to please mother, but then she was always trying to be like mother so of course she would. When mother realized that father and I wouldn’t budge she snapped the photo. I don’t know why father was so perturbed that day because when I think of it now it was rare that mother was not in a picture with us.

No matter, father could look as stern as he wanted, but mother would get him chuckling and playing along with any shenanigans she was about. Mother kept life going and always made sure we had fun. So this photo, the one without her, says more about mother to me than all the other photos in our album. Because this was the last picture mother took before she was taken from us in an instant.

In one swift moment she gone in a flash, like the bulb on her camera. Except for mother the flash was the headlights of an on coming car in the night. Mother never knew what hit her, but each time I pick up my camera and click a photo, I think of that day she tried to make us smile and for all the days she did.

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Budom says:

    Reblogged this on Brouhaha Access and commented:

    In the spirit of TBT ( translation: throw back Thursday) I went browsing for something in my past post up. I found myself drawn into rereading the flash fiction I created just by looking into a photo and speculating. I enjoyed doing this challenge. It only made me love writing even more. So I share with you my TBT WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words- Mother.
    I hope you enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


  2. fgassette says:

    Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life’s events as seen through the lens of my camera.


    1. Thanks. I look forward to more photos.


  3. nsny30 says:

    Well done! I really like this .. I found myself floating away in the moment of nostalgia, and wanting the story to continue! Love it.


    1. Thanks Nyree! Always so glad to hear your feedback!


  4. Joe Owens says:

    You did a great job with this challenge. I felt like i was listening in on your family’s history!


    1. Thanks for for stopping by! I am so glad you liked it. 🙂


  5. Lovely fiction. The story perfectly fits the and even the ending emotions. That’s quite creative of you!


    1. Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed.


  6. Beautifully written and made me look at the photo again with your words in mind.


    1. Thank you. Your comment means so much. :*-)


  7. Matt says:

    Your really took the photo and turned into something that we, readers, wanted to hear. A happy but also sad story of a family. Great work 🙂


    1. Thanks 🙂 I really enjoyed this challenge. It was up my alley as I love writing fiction.


  8. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a sweet story….pictures do tell a 1,000 words and feelings!


  9. s1ngal says:

    Although a little sad 😦 great interpretation!!!


    1. Yes it was sad 😦 but in the end he remembers his mother’s good times best. 🙂


  10. Tan Hui Min says:

    When I look at the photo again after reading your little story, there was an element of grief. Great write-up!


    1. Thank you for the compliment. I don’t know why I felt the picture represented “an element of grief” but it just came to me fast and furious. I felt i had to write it down before I lost it. Thank you for coming by and reading my challenge.


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