Old Love (flash fiction)

Sarah heard him say hello as she approached the house. The sound of his voice flashed her back to high school.  Jacob’s voice used to be her favorite sound. 

Sarah hadn’t seen Jake in decades, but his voice, and his face, were as familiar as the river stones she carried in her pocket. Although their romance was long past, she treasured his friendship, and she trusted him like a brother. Seeing him again was a homecoming.
 
Eighteen-year-old Sarah would never have believed that she would be thrilled to meet his wife.  She would have been touched to know that his daughter would one day give her a goodbye hug and whisper, “I’ll miss you.”  She and his daughter had bonded, although Joanna did keep a watchful eye out, just to be sure that this reunion really was a good idea. 
 
Sarah had come to say hello. She had come to reconnect, and to touch a piece of her heart that rested peacefully in the background. As she began to drive home, she could almost see her teenaged bedroom walls, and the poster of Desiderata that said about love, “in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.”  

And so it is…

8 comments

  • harry david

    harry david maine

    i read this experience and again smiled at your grasp of the tools of a good writer. i cant help but wonder how much of this story is true and how much wish, fantasy, fiction. Reunions have been filled with so many feelings in my own later life. Hurts healed, shame lessened, guilt assuaged and hearts expanded. Sometimes all of them. Pain too has been perennial as the grass: defying the notion of time healing all wounds. Letting go. Is there an instruction book. For me at times i over think will the reunion re-open a somewhat healed hurt. Your story is beautiful. At this end it triggered the joy of knowing you.

    i read this experience and again smiled at your grasp of the tools of a good writer. i cant help but wonder how much of this story is true and how much wish, fantasy, fiction. Reunions have been filled with so many feelings in my own later life. Hurts healed, shame lessened, guilt assuaged and hearts expanded. Sometimes all of them. Pain too has been perennial as the grass: defying the notion of time healing all wounds. Letting go. Is there an instruction book. For me at times i over think will the reunion re-open a somewhat healed hurt. Your story is beautiful. At this end it triggered the joy of knowing you.

  • Ayne

    Ayne

    Ahhhh. I'm so glad Sarah got a chance to have her heart touched in this way.

    Ahhhh. I'm so glad Sarah got a chance to have her heart touched in this way.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Hey Harry D. Thank you for appreciating my writing! Some of my fiction is all fiction, some is informed by my life, and some is a fictionalized account of a real event. I understand too about pain, and difficulty letting go. For me it happens in stages, and there is always a lesson in it, and always a gift. Thank you for your support and your friendship, and for believing in me. It means a lot.

    Hey Harry D. Thank you for appreciating my writing! Some of my fiction is all fiction, some is informed by my life, and some is a fictionalized account of a real event. I understand too about pain, and difficulty letting go. For me it happens in stages, and there is always a lesson in it, and always a gift. Thank you for your support and your friendship, and for believing in me. It means a lot.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thanks Ayne! I liked that Sarah got to experience it too... :)

    Thanks Ayne! I liked that Sarah got to experience it too... smile

  • Debbie

    Debbie Wynnewood

    As somebody who got to share some of my teenage years with you, I appreciate this post. The images that remain with me after reading are the river stones and the poster of Desiderata. Thanks for sharing this.

    As somebody who got to share some of my teenage years with you, I appreciate this post. The images that remain with me after reading are the river stones and the poster of Desiderata. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thanks Debbie. I used to have Desiderata on a plaque in my bedroom. I hadn't thought of it in years, but it jumped into my head as I was writing this piece, so I looked it up and read it again, and it fit so nicely that I couldn't resist... I appreciate you reading along with me.

    Thanks Debbie. I used to have Desiderata on a plaque in my bedroom. I hadn't thought of it in years, but it jumped into my head as I was writing this piece, so I looked it up and read it again, and it fit so nicely that I couldn't resist... I appreciate you reading along with me.

  • Bryan

    Bryan

    I really can relate to the Old Love story cuz I love when I come across things that bring me back to my childhood or bring back old memories. I just can't think of any of my own right now. All your stories reach me on a very deep level. There's never been one that doesn't. I think I speak for a lot of other people when I say you have this way of reaching through to people's hearts whether it be one of your songs or blog stories. They all really comfort me.

    I really can relate to the Old Love story cuz I love when I come across things that bring me back to my childhood or bring back old memories. I just can't think of any of my own right now. All your stories reach me on a very deep level. There's never been one that doesn't. I think I speak for a lot of other people when I say you have this way of reaching through to people's hearts whether it be one of your songs or blog stories. They all really comfort me.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thank you so much Bryan. It means a lot to me that my stories and songs are comforting to you, and that you can relate to them. I appreciate you always taking the time to comment. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Wishing you my best.

    Thank you so much Bryan. It means a lot to me that my stories and songs are comforting to you, and that you can relate to them. I appreciate you always taking the time to comment. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Wishing you my best.

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