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Dad the winter is arriving and I don’t know what I should do. Mum’s turned to the Gin. Now the business is going bust. Mum just does not have the determination that you had. Lots of people owe us money. And now the world’s economy’s got into a mess. Mum is so kind and accepts people’s tale of woe. She’s been paying the suppliers bills but no cash is coming in. All your savings have gone. Nancy is always crying. Dad we miss you so much. Mary aged eight. Nancy aged five. Xxxxxxxx

Part of the view from my writing desk

Part of the view from my writing des

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  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Devastating … I hope there will be something left for them to grow up on.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Times got worse but they all built new life’s in the end, but their dad, my grandfather, is not forgotten

  2. jellico84

    Understand the desperation in the children’s voices all too well.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Times got worse, but they all built new life’s in the end. Their dad was never forgotten.

      1. jellico84

        Oh, so sad, and yet happy for the outcome. One never forgets a loving parent. My ‘daddy’ may not have been my father, but he was my hero.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Pleased to hear that, loved your so brief story called Forever.

  3. Jane Dougherty

    The thirties must have been terrible times to live through.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly for so many people thats true. Things it never change. I met a gent today who lost everything he owned in a different crisis.

      1. Jane Dougherty

        The world isn’t as huge as we like to think. And everything is linked. Even in the thirties, banks failing in one part of the world caused chaos everywhere. Dictators didn’t stay on their own patch, and no one would count on anyone else. Hasn’t changed much.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Sadly that is true, but there are lots of good people out there too.

          1. Jane Dougherty

            Thank goodness!

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  5. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Such a bittersweet story in the letter. Mum’s kind…we miss you. Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle appreciated.

  6. Magaly Guerrero

    The ages of the children makes this even more heartbreaking.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I agree young children are so powerless in these situations.

  7. kittysverses

    A nice read. Throws light on the years gone by.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I nearly always find it difficult to know which information to leave out in flash fiction, with this story there was so much more that might have been said, but that’s the challenge of FF

      1. kittysverses

        Hahaha, yes very true. It betters us as writers.

        1. Michael Humphris

          So true.

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  8. Sandra

    Very convincing voice – well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for the feedback, I was pleased to hear your thoughts about the voice,

  9. Dale

    I’ll have to leave the typos alone, then 😉
    This was heartbreaking and too bloody close to home for me.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Dale I am sorry about typos, that is one of my major downfalls; messed up early education! The story was based in truth, excluding the names. Sorry about being close to home.

      1. Dale

        Nah… blame it on making it look like children wrote it!
        Sad it is based on truth and yeah… I am living some of that right now… Ugh.

        1. Michael Humphris

          In truth I did not want to change the first draft. The wording did remind me of young children talking. I do hope that things improve for you.

  10. Christine Goodnough

    Well done. You’ve captured the children’s voice realistically.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, It is the adult voices that often fox me

  11. plaridel

    in mum’s case, sometimes selfishness can be a virtue.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Plaridel, that is true.

  12. spicedmullings

    Oh, what a tale! Sweet ad they come! Always the world takes advantage of the good!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thanking you for your great comments, they are most welcome

  13. rgayer55

    I can see this playing out. People taking advantage of the grieving widow, and her turning to gin to drown her sorrows while the business goes to hell in a handbag. Very real.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Russell, bereavement is hard to manage at any time, the 1930s recession just made it much worse.

  14. Fatima Fakier Deria

    Heart-wrenching for children to feel so helpless. But glad to hear it turned out okay in the end. We grow with life’s challenges. Thanks for sharing a piece of your history.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Fatima, facing difficulties is part of life.

  15. yuhublogger

    Oh dear! I do hope things turn around for these children. And the view looks great!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you yuhu, in time life did improve a lot. The church is cared for and is surrounded by blossom at present, lovely

      1. yuhublogger

        That’s lovely.

  16. amiewrites74

    My heart broke for these children. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      For a while their hearts were also broken, in time they built new life’s.

  17. gahlearner

    There is so much unsaid in this great story, and the voice is so believable. Reading in the comments that this is about your grandfather makes it even more poignant.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your kind comments. I wish that I could recall and so record more of what I once knew about family history.

  18. Liz Young

    Poor little girls – they know far too mush of life’s woes already.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true, but they both used the experience to developed strong inner self character.

  19. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    Sad, in that this was from your life.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was sad, but in the end it made the family stronger.

  20. magarisa

    This tugged at my heartstrings. Great writing.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for letting me understand how this story came across.

      1. magarisa

        You are most welcome.

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