Past Present

‘Madam? Do you want help with the cameras, madam?’

The boys’ voices make me snap out of it. It’s been so long ago, yet sometimes, the smallest detail brings him back. It’s the way the boys flex their skinny arms that did it.

‘No, I’ll take your pictures now.’

With every shot, I see my gorgeous boy. Playing strongman, grinning, the apple tree in the background. Flexing that biceps that would never get a chance to grow into the impressive muscle he imagined then.

The boys like the photographs. I force myself not to remind them how fragile they are.


I wanted to write a different story for the FFfAW photo prompt, but it refused to behave and come together. Read all stories here.

29 thoughts on “Past Present

  1. I was going to write something similar to this, so the emotion, simplicity, and layers upon layers in this piece shot right through my heart. Thanks for sharing this sad and reflective moment with us. ❤

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  2. This is such a beautiful and touching story filled with love and tragedy. I love the last line, “I force myself not to tell them how fragil they are.” Because I would feel the same way. I too think you were suppose to write this story.

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    1. Thank you, PJ! I had to search a bit to find the right story, but I think you and Samantha are right, it was supposed to be this one. An excellent picture again 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jake! When my story about the boys in the picture refused to work, I had to find another angle. So I went behind the camera… Glad you liked it 🙂

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  3. I think you told the story you inner voice told you to tell. It was very well done and moving. 🙂


  4. I love the way you used this prompt. It’s a very sweet and emotional story. It was difficult for her to be reminded of what could have been, and she handled it well.


  5. Hi Sonya, I like to drop by occasionally and leave a personal message for the partiicpants of FFfAW challenge. I wanted you to know how grateful I am for your continued participation in this challenge. I look forward to reading your story each week and I know that the others do too. Thank you for your ongoing friendship and loyalty!


  6. Aww, this is a beautiful story. I love the emotional take on it, and the expression of minor details like the flexing of the fragile arms. This is really beautiful 🙂


  7. This was a “meant to be” story, Sonya! So beautifully written, endearing and mournfully sad. Love the last line… a perfect ending!

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