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‘Joseph- what’s happened ?’
‘Biggest mistake of my life – I emigrated to Australia. Hard to get good work back then in the East End. Wrench to leave my family, we were loyal and yes we were hot tempered. Me and Michael my older brother- Mr Know- It- All, we fell out in a big way, that’s why I left. He actually said ‘Joseph you are now dead to me’.
Nana was the only one on my side, wrote to me always. Nana writes Michael
is dying. I must go to him, beg his forgiveness. Pray God the phone will ring.’
January 6, 2020 at 8:49 pm
Always love reading the FF stories, and so miss doing it! Popped over for something else. Check out my new post; I’m hoping you’ll join us again this year! Loved your list from 2018. Time to acknowledge 2019. Happy New Year, Francine!
January 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Thanks for the ‘nudge’ – I will go visit your new post for 2020.
January 7, 2020 at 6:17 pm
Loved your list last year; hope you’ll join in this year. It’s always so inspiring to read each post! ☺
January 4, 2020 at 4:48 pm
After so long… I wish him luck.
January 5, 2020 at 11:37 am
Thanks for your comment Ali. Guess the longer the rift has been there, the harder it is to build bridges ?
January 4, 2020 at 2:05 am
Some rifts can never be mended. It sounds like this one can.
January 4, 2020 at 2:05 pm
Thanks for your comment Jade, much appreciated.
January 5, 2020 at 3:28 am
You are very welcome.
January 3, 2020 at 4:28 pm
A sad, sad story but so common too. So many families have huge rifts, don’t they? Well told, Francine
January 4, 2020 at 2:06 pm
Thanks so much Lynn, think you’re right about big rifts being common.
January 11, 2020 at 9:43 am
Sadly, I’ve seen it myself. My pleasure
January 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm
As a counselor, I heard many stories of siblings, parents vs. children, etc. The rift was often over a fairly simple disagreement, but when neither party would bend, it became a serious and permanent rift. So said. But then, the first murder was brother against brother, wasn’t it.
January 4, 2020 at 2:11 pm
Thanks so much for your comment Linda. I think you’re right about people’s inability to be flexible is at the heart of these rifts. So both ‘sides’ lose.
January 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Such a heartbreak. I’ve always wondered what caused a permanent rift between my brother and our cousin who was the same age. They were practically raised as brothers. Sadly our cousin passed away. My brother is tight-lipped about it as was our cousin while he was living.
At any rate, I hope your characters will mend their fences. Well done.
January 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Thank you Rochelle, sounds like this kind of heart break is sadly part of your wider family. I felt that the the man in your prompt photo was so sad, and wished for that phone to ring. Maybe fence mending was harder to do in previous generations ?
January 3, 2020 at 3:05 am
It always breaks my heart to hear about families having this type of falling out.
Why it takes one dying for them to try to make amends is even more sad.
Well done, Francine.
January 3, 2020 at 11:02 am
I appreciate your comment Dale, it is a tragic situation. The man in Rochelle’s photo looks so anguished I felt.
January 2, 2020 at 10:35 pm
I hope that they can make it right between each other before it’s too late. Lovely piece, thank you.
January 3, 2020 at 11:11 am
Thank you Siobhan, I appreciate your comment .
January 2, 2020 at 10:32 pm
So sad that only approaching death makes him want to talk to his brother again. I hope he’ll get that phone call.
January 3, 2020 at 11:12 am
Thanks your comment, a sad situation indeed.
January 2, 2020 at 9:16 pm
I hope that in the end they will be able to connect again. What a terrible rift between brothers…
January 3, 2020 at 1:31 pm
Thanks for your reflection Bjorn. I think the remaining brother will carry a burden of guilt if they don’t reconcile.
January 2, 2020 at 5:58 pm
You feel very helpless when a close relative is dying on the other side of the world.
January 3, 2020 at 1:40 pm
I appreciate your comment Penny, and agree about feeling helpless.
January 2, 2020 at 5:04 pm
And suddenly he knows what’s important. Death will do that
January 3, 2020 at 1:51 pm
Thanks Neil, I appreciate your reflection.