A New Normal #FridayFictioneers

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A New Normal

“Dad wanted to be buried at sea?” you asked as we wrestled the mahogany canoe to the shore and waited for high tide to carry us out. I couldn’t find my voice, but nodded in reply.

“Did he really carve this boat?”

Choking on my grief, I answered, “He made it for you.”

“We waved goodbye to his ship from here.”

“I’m sorry Mom,” you laid your head on my shoulder, “I don’t remember.” Together we tossed the MIA bracelet and let our sorrow sink, drifting into a new normal.

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49 responses to “A New Normal #FridayFictioneers

  1. All they had to bury (at sea) is a MIA bracelet. So sad. Wonderful story.

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  2. Oh this was touching. Buried at sea.. I think our stories went similar ways.

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  3. Dear Tracey,

    A very touching story that sinks deep into the heart.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Very touching. The part about the child not remembering the last goodbye was especially moving.

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  5. So very sad, and well executed. Well done.

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  6. Very well written, powerfully poignant tale,
    Excellent.

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  7. Goes to my gut as we just sent my husband’s ashes into the river…

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  8. Each line reveals a layer of grief so exquisitely. If only sorrows can be sunk .the river bed would be full of it….Sorry for the loss of your sister. Take care.

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  9. Very touching piece. Picturing the dad years ago carving the boat really brings it home.

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  10. You etched the story of loss so exquisitely. Condolences for the loss of your sister.

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  11. A very emotional piece. The lack of closure on the MIAs is tough. How do you let go of that hope, never really knowing.

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  12. Very sad. I loved “drifting into a new normal”.

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  13. Very touching, Tracey, and a reminder of a long ago war that still has the power to hurt.

    janet

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  14. Touching and poignant piece, Tracey, on many different levels, past and present. You captured a lot here. Well done. I’m so sorry about your sister. Wishing you peace.

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  15. Very touching and sad story, and so well told. I’m sorry for your loss, drifting through grief to a new normal–that describes that state of being ‘out of it’ perfectly.

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  16. I can’t imagine losing someone like that – just to be told that they’re missing, and never knowing what happened. Heartbreaking. Your story captures the grief and impact of losing a loved one really powerfully. Condolences for the loss of your sister. Take care.

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  17. So sad and heartfelt. Nicely done.

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  18. sometimes that’s the best thing to do. just let go.

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  19. Shadows of Viet Nam still haunt us.

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  20. this is so sad and beautifully told, well done

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  21. A sad story. Personally, I found the 2nd person pov confusing, especially coming on top of the mum’s confusion and grief -which I liked.

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  22. Great exploration of grief here – ‘settling into a new normal’ is a powerful insight.
    Nice work.

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