He knew she would love it the moment he saw it. Running his rough fingers along the embroidered lace, he remembered her soft hair. The woman on the card had dark hair, not like his wife’s soft red hair, but there was a look of love and that something else she had that drove him crazy. His wife was gentle, never loud. But her love was powerfuand full of compassion. And passion.
She would love to get it in the mail, but he decided not to trust the overseas postal service. Too much could happen between Spain and the States. He didn’t want to risk the post card getting damaged in any way. So he carried it with him in his Bible for the next two months. He’d take it out and look at it sometimes at night. And he looked at the photo of his loving wife, longing for her gentleness so different from the military life he lived. He wished he could bring her to Spain some time. Maybe it would remind her of her homeland, or her mother’s homeland, of Italy. Maybe they would travel some day, after he retired.
When finally he arrived back home, he was overjoyed to hold his wife in his arms and kiss her. He picked her up in his arms easily as she barely weighed 100 pounds. “Good things come in little packages,” she reminded him. She was right.
“That reminds me,” he said.” I have something for you.
He went to his Bible and pulled out the card he’d carefully wrapped in paper. He handed it to her. She opened the package and stared at the post card. She ran her fingers along the embroidered lace as a tear rolled down her cheek.
“It’s beautiful,” she whispered.
This is one of the treasures I found among my parents’ possessions. I sort of made up the story behind it, but the card is real. Maybe the story’s real too.
Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt was the word, “card.”
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Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!
October 6, 2018 at 10:31 am
Lovely story, and a beautiful card. Nice job with the card prompt. Happy Saturday to you!
October 6, 2018 at 9:04 pm
Thanks, Shelley. I had no idea what to do with the prompt at first. Then this card was staring me in the face. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
October 6, 2018 at 11:09 am
Beautiful and touching ❤
October 6, 2018 at 9:05 pm
Thanks. I appreciate that. It moved me to write it.
October 6, 2018 at 11:10 am
Were your parents Jimmy and Betty Ann?
October 6, 2018 at 3:14 pm
Yes. This is how I imagine the card ending up here. A while back I started writing a novel based on them titled Betty and Jim. This post is nudging me to get back to it.
October 6, 2018 at 11:32 am
Beautiful story JoAnna, written through the eyes if a man. You really engaged my feelings.
October 6, 2018 at 9:07 pm
Thank you, Miriam. My feelings were very much engaged as I wrote it. I hadn’t consciously realized I was writing through the eyes of a man, thanks to the stream of consciousness pulling me along.
October 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm
Wonderful story. A joy to read 😊
October 6, 2018 at 9:08 pm
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Bee. Thank you! 🙂
October 7, 2018 at 3:38 am
What a find! Great story
October 7, 2018 at 4:26 pm
October 7, 2018 at 8:06 am
What a sweet story for the prompt. I’m thinking it might be true.
October 7, 2018 at 4:53 pm
Thank you, Dan. Some of it surely is.
October 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm
October 7, 2018 at 5:05 pm
Thank you! I enjoyed writing it.
October 7, 2018 at 7:08 pm
What a lovely story, you should definitely take this a sign to finish your story. 😉
October 7, 2018 at 10:09 pm
Thank you! My lap top internet connection is giving me trouble, so that could be a sign, too – to just write! 😉
October 8, 2018 at 2:20 am
Hehe yes indeed, sometimes it’s good not to have the distraction.
October 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm
October 8, 2018 at 4:17 am
Wow! A wonderful response to this prompt … and the card is so touching to see! Moving and tender writing which flows with ease and the characters quickly enter our hearts. Since young I’ve loved stream of consciousness writing and will explore Linda’s blog and hope to take part! Lovely to come across your blog from a comment on mywindow blog. 😀🌻
October 8, 2018 at 7:43 pm
Thank you for your encouraging words! This post was special to me and I love how it flowed. Stream of Consciousness writing can be a lot of fun. I hope you’ll give it a try.
October 8, 2018 at 7:06 am
❤ JoAnna x
October 8, 2018 at 7:48 pm
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