July 26– Flash Fiction  – Stranded Suitcase

Charli’s prompt this week:

July 26, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about what happens next to a stranded suitcase. Go where the prompt leads you, but consider the different perspectives you can take to tell the tale.

Suitcase of Hope

Opening the bedroom door, the first thing I saw was the abandoned suitcase, open on the bed. Half packed, it had been left, bereft at not being full, zipped up, and off on another adventure.

I walked over, closed the lid, fastened it and placed it to one side. “Don’t worry, he’ll be better soon, then you can both go on your travels, with no worries at all.”

Pops appeared by my side, having taken a few moments longer to climb the stairs than me.

“It’s okay Pops, rest up. I’ll pack your case when the time is right.”

Today’s take is based upon true events. If you have been reading my blog recently, you’ll know that my Pops has been extremely unwell, needing emergency open surgery a few weeks back. On the day he was being operated on,  my sister-in-law gave birth to my new nephew, and Pops’ fourth grandchild.

My mum is already in Finland with my brother and his family, and the plan was that Pops would be joining her there so he could enjoy the delights of his new grandchild too.

Unfortunately, that is not the (suit)case at the moment, he won’t be flying anywhere for a while. I arrived back home with my children today, to ease him back into his own home, after spending the last three weeks after being discharged from hospital convalescing at his niece’s house.

Though a case was not actually strewn across his bed, there are several scattered around the house, Mum’s part-packing jobs done before she left, so she could take more things when she does a return journey, with Pops!

He’s doing so well, considering the ordeal he went through, but still very weak. We went for a slow, short walk this evening and it was so wonderful to see my Pops almost back to normal, a little slower, a little thinner, but definitely my Pops. ❤

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❤ my Pops

And here’s hoping that after his follow up appointment in September, he will be able to go and finally give that new addition a proper cuddle! ❤

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86 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. winderstairs
    Aug 10, 2018 @ 06:28:12

    I’m sure everything will turn out all right, and he’ll be flying jet planes within no time
    Embankment Stair

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  2. Charli Mills
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 04:12:26

    What a beautiful photo of father and daughter. I can see the love of family in you both. Soon, he’ll be packing his suitcase, too. I loved how you used the prompt to reflect on his journey and your hopes for his continued healing. Congratulations on a new child in the family! The Finns of the Keweenaw have taught me a new word — sisu. It’s a type of strength and courage for life’s travails. Your Pops has sisu!

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  4. anuragbakhshi
    Jul 30, 2018 @ 13:00:58

    Awwe, that’s such a sweet photo Ritu. I’m sure everything will turn out all right, and he’ll be flying jet planes within no time 🙂

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  5. Colleen Chesebro
    Jul 29, 2018 @ 21:10:21

    Awww, Ritu. I had tears reading this story and the real-life events around the suitcase. You hug your Pops and know I think of you both often. ❤

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  6. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Jul 29, 2018 @ 17:32:57

    Best wishes also from here and me. Great news. The fourth grandchild?? Oh my gosh, you are conquering Britain. lol

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  7. Norah
    Jul 29, 2018 @ 10:23:35

    Best wishes to you, your Pops and the entire family, including the new addition.

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  8. Jennie
    Jul 29, 2018 @ 03:08:59

    This was so heartfelt, Ritu. I am very glad your Pops is doing better and on the road to recovery. 😀

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  9. Darlene
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 21:49:13

    Glad to hear your Pops is doing better. A great story.

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  10. fancypaperblog
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 21:11:46

    Lovely Ritu x

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  11. Debbie Harris
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 19:32:08

    A lovely true story Ritu, and well executed in the word limit. Hoping Pops continues to recover and gets to Finland soon. Thinking of you all.

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  12. dornahainds
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 17:18:07

    Marvelous news! One wee step at a time. 😎🥀

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  13. arv!
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 14:35:52

    I hope he will recover fully soon. Take care, Ritu!

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  14. Erika Kind
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 14:12:38

    The good news is that it is only postponed but not abandoned. This way you have your Pops for yourself (and the kids, of course, lol). Have a good time everybody 😊

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  15. Kelsey @ There's Something About KM
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 13:52:10

    Such a lovely piece, Ritu. It’s wonderful to hear he is home; sending well wishes for brighter and brighter days leading up to the Finland trip. 🙂

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  16. rachaelstray
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 13:18:42

    Ritu so glad he’s doing better. You’re all in my thoughts ❤️

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  17. You Can Always Start Now
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 12:09:08

    I’m glad he is home. The suitcase on the bed is such a strong memory. You captured it so well and all its meanings. take care both of you.

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  18. Book Club Mom
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 11:55:30

    Great story and even greater after you shared its relevance to your own life. Glad your Pops is feeling stronger!

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  19. notebooksandglasses
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 11:17:12

    Very clever us of the prompts! And I’m glad your Pops is doing well.

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  20. robbiesinspiration
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 10:16:17

    I am so glad to read that you Pops is up and running again, Ritu. So stressful when family members are ill.

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  21. Lucy Mitchell
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 09:52:38

    Hope Pops gets better soon xx

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  22. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 09:51:14

    Sending lots of hugs to you and your Pops. He seems to be on the mend!!

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  23. TanGental
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 08:10:00

    Yay for Pops! Here’s to happier packing

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  24. Ritu
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 07:08:29

    Thank you so much!!! 😍

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  25. davidprosser
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 03:11:01

    My very best wishes to your Pops Ritu.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  26. susieshy45
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 02:02:27

    He looks so much better, Ritu. You look thinner too. Bless you both !

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  27. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 01:25:10

    Lovely writing, Ritu. Glad your father is improving. 🙂

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  28. syl65
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 01:01:00

    I hope Pops continues to regain his strength an is much better real soon Sister.

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  29. floridaborne
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 00:56:36

    He looks like a fighter who WILL see his grandchild. 🙂

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  30. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 00:30:50

    Love the way you could tie real life into the prompt. God Bless your family. ❤

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  31. iScriblr
    Jul 27, 2018 @ 23:56:43

    Healing prayers for you and your Pops! Hope he continues to grow stronger and better!❤️

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  32. sonofabeach96
    Jul 27, 2018 @ 23:18:49

    Really glad to hear he’s doing well. 🙂

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  33. Michael
    Jul 27, 2018 @ 23:07:14

    Best wishes to you and your dad Ritu, I hope he continues to grow stronger, it is an ordeal for anyone.

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  34. willowdot21
    Jul 27, 2018 @ 23:07:03

    Lovely take Sis, so glad to see the lovely photo of you both. Get well Pops and off to Finland we are all rooting for you 💜💜💜💜

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