March 22 – Flash Fiction  – Follow Your Dreams

Charli’s prompt this week:

March 22, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme “follow your dreams.” Bonus points for throwing a badge into the tale. Go where the prompt leads.

 

 

I did it mum. I took your advice.
“Follow your dreams, love,” you’d say to me. “Don’t let anyone stop you. I’d hate for your life to mirror mine.”
Born at a time where a good Indian wife and mother was nothing but that, my mum had dreams of being a doctor. Instead she was married off early, and, well, no one was going to encourage their daughter in law to study more, or, God forbid, work.
As I stand here, with my degree in my hand, my only wish is that you were here to see it too…

 

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  2. anuragbakhshi
    Mar 26, 2018 @ 03:42:05

    Such a lovely story Ritu, touching and sweet at the same time.

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  3. Shallow Reflections
    Mar 25, 2018 @ 20:39:01

    Generations of oppression – it happens in all cultures I’m afraid. Sweet story but sad, too.

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  4. Judy E Martin
    Mar 25, 2018 @ 13:31:50

    I love this, Sis. There are so many unfulfilled women who haven’t been able to follow their dreams, yet still encourage and support others. 🙂

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  5. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist
    Mar 25, 2018 @ 11:59:57

    That is superb Ritu . So proud yet poignant. You feel for the mother whose dreams weren’t valued by others and somehow I get the impression that she probably paved the way for her daughter to have a different life. How proud the daughter is to have achieved it how sad that mother isn’t there to witness it. Wonderful flash.

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  6. Jennie
    Mar 24, 2018 @ 23:37:43

    Oh, Ritu! I have a lump in my throat. Wonderful!

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  7. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Mar 24, 2018 @ 23:26:02

    Oh yes, really touching, Ritu! It show, you should never forget your dreams whatever happens during the time realising them. Michael 😉

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  8. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Mar 24, 2018 @ 23:22:00

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  9. dornahainds
    Mar 24, 2018 @ 18:02:51

    Marvelous.. 😎🥀😎🥀😎🥀

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  10. robbiesinspiration
    Mar 24, 2018 @ 13:15:53

    My mother’s father didn’t believe in educating girls either, Ritu. Very sad what women have had to put up with and still do.

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    • Ritu
      Mar 24, 2018 @ 18:42:05

      So true Robbie. My mum was really lucky actually. My granddad was very forward thinking and placed a lot of importance on education for his kids . As a result my mum eve went to university abroad, from Kenya to Bath in the UK, studying at the same place as Mary Berry! It was just once she married that her dreams went on the back burner as working wasn’t what she was expected to do by her in laws… though my Pops has supported her in any decisions she ever makes. She always tells me not to lose myself and never to give up on my dreams. 💜

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  11. Charli Mills
    Mar 24, 2018 @ 07:00:30

    Your flash tugs at the heartstrings, Ritu — the added sadness that she couldn’t share her moment with the mother who gave up her own.

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  12. syl65
    Mar 24, 2018 @ 01:51:36

    Very touching Sister! ❤

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  13. sheldonk2014
    Mar 23, 2018 @ 22:11:58

    Hey wait minute I totally forgot
    Where’s Mystery Matt
    Bookblogger turn student
    And us still wondering
    Whatever happen To our Matt……
    The Sheldon Perspective

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  14. sheldonk2014
    Mar 23, 2018 @ 22:08:08

    A heart breaker
    I saw you
    Mouth the words
    Sheldon As Usual

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  15. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Mar 23, 2018 @ 22:06:02

    An eternal struggle, for sure…

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  16. Erika Kind
    Mar 23, 2018 @ 20:22:10

    That was very touching, sis!!

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  17. chris jensen
    Mar 23, 2018 @ 19:00:59

    Darling that is too many words for me to place all at once!

    Maybe some day i will try something that long?

    hugs

    an

    methanks for all the reads!

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  18. willowdot21
    Mar 23, 2018 @ 18:10:15

    Great story Sis 💜💜💜💜

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