August 21, 2011

The Wall #11

Jenny Matlock  This post is in response to a writing prompt from Jenny Matlock and her meme, Saturday Centus.  This week's prompt is in bold, italic font.  The allotted word count was 150 plus the 4 words of the prompt.  My spin on the Centus for the last 11 weeks has been a continuing story based on a few memories, some family history and my imagination.  If you'd like to read the story from the beginning, click here.
Without further delay, The Wall continues...

~He'd tell stories about the railroad and how hard the men worked. It was a time of segregation and the Klan, war and depression, increasing industry and women leaving home to support their families while the men were overseas. Once women began to enjoy their independence, they weren't so quick to come home and many couldn't because their husbands and sons never came back.
I often wonder about those times and thought how brave those men must have been. Then I remembered that many were just young boys with visions of glory that ended quickly in a hastily dug trench on foreign soil. The women, just girls who had to carry on.
I snapped out of my reverie and thought, “If I die young, who will carry on my quest?”
I'm not really that young anymore but still much younger than grandfather was when he died at 87. The thought gave me courage.~

I'd like to thank everyone who has been following this story and leaving such encouraging comments.  It means alot to me and spurs me to keep it going.  It's also fun to read your takes on the prompt.
Have a great week!

Pondering My Meanderings,

9 thoughts about my meanderings:

Gems said...

I can't imagine being as brave as those men were/are. My grandfather fought in the British Navy and went though more than I can imagine, yet he kept going beck. ironically he slipped on seaweed when he was 75 and died after breaking his hip! But his bravery has always been an inspiration in my life.
Beautiful post!

Gems xx

Sue said...

I think we can all gain courage from those who came before us.


Jo said...

this is fabulous! I can't wait for the next instalment!

cj Schlottman said...

In this is lovingly written piece, you have taken the reader from times of despair to times of hope.

I hope you live a long, long time. Surely your daughters will carry on your quest!


Dazee Dreamer said...

I love this story.

jfb57 said...

Really love the history in this piece. This story continues to grow - brilliant!

Madge said...

I love family history, and learning the past from real people instead of books carries on the legacy and keeps it real for the next generation. Great writing.

Wanderer said...

You all are so encouraging! Thank you!

Jenny said...

Wow. What an incredible feeling of history you've captured here. Your phrasing and choice of words really carry the vehicle of this story along splendidly.

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