Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers’ challenge this week is around the theme of boxing, as you can see from the photo prompt. Here is my 100 word story.
photo courtesy of J Hardy Carroll
My Home Town
My dad was a big man, wanted me to be a big man too, boxer like him. I remember being at the ringside watching his moves, his bravery, his power And the raw energy in the hall.
I’m big like him, cos I trained all through my growing up. He was my hero – died suddenly, brain injury they said. I left, studied, became an engineer. Just visiting my home town now, my old gym, feels its tug on me. Hear his voice ‘Be a boxer, be proud, honour your dad.’ Tell myself ‘be brave, make a tough decision’…….
March 7, 2018 at 6:38 pm
Sounds like he is in the midst of a decision. I hope he makes the right one.
March 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm
Great character voice, Francine. He chose his own path to being big.
There are so many ways to the top of the mountain.
March 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm
Thank you Norma. I like your phrase – so many ways to the top of the mountain – so true.
March 10, 2018 at 3:44 pm
Please check my story: https://normashilpi.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/story-bond/
March 5, 2018 at 9:05 am
I liked your character here, a tough man who looked up to his dad but was strong enough to step outside the path that had been laid out for him. Great tale.
March 5, 2018 at 5:12 pm
Glad you liked the tale, Lynn,I didn’t know where it would end when I began it !
March 6, 2018 at 10:22 am
Sometimes they’re the best stories though 🙂
March 4, 2018 at 9:24 pm
I think that he has learned that there are more ways than one to be a big man…. wise choice.
March 5, 2018 at 5:13 pm
Thanks Bjorn, think you’re right there.
March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm
I think the son learned a wonderful lesson from his dad, although it might not have been the lesson dad was trying to pass on. Nicely done.
March 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm
Thank you Alicia, pleased you liked the story- sure most parents do their best by their kids.
March 4, 2018 at 9:12 pm
Well done, Francine! Not easy to be one’s “own man” and take one’s own path with such a powerful father figure.
March 5, 2018 at 5:20 pm
Thank you for your appreciation Dale. Dads are powerful people aren’t they ?
March 5, 2018 at 5:37 pm
They can definitely be. You just hope their power is put to positive which sadly is not always the case in some families…
March 4, 2018 at 5:24 pm
I love the message of your story. It can be so hard to step out of the shadow of a strong parent. Yes, it certainly takes courage to learn who you are and then to be yourself.
You’ve constructed your story very well!
March 4, 2018 at 7:33 pm
Thank you Penny – glad you liked the story, and its message. I do believe it takes courage to make your own way in the world.
March 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm
Glad the son has brains as well as brawn. He made the right decision. Well done.
March 4, 2018 at 3:58 pm
Thanks Rochelle, hope the son was helped by his Dad, and finds new chances in life.
March 3, 2018 at 10:19 pm
A very smart decision.
March 4, 2018 at 10:28 am
Tough but right, I agree.