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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waiting ...

Today's prompt is brought to you by  Daphne Palmer Romero of My Distant Husband
Before I move on ... I want you to take a look at this photo ...


Daphne asked when we are looking at the photo what thoughts come to our minds. And what comes to my mind? Waiting

"Dad, I wanna go with you!" The boy demanded.
"You can't. You need to go school." A fit man, about six feet tall, with fair skin and blond hair, looked through his glasses, his blue eyes filled with passion. He let out a faint smile and attempted to cheer his son, saying, "Besides, I am only going to be gone for a week this time. And I promise, we will go on a camping trip with Mom and your sister when I return."
The boy's eyes seemed to protest, but his mouth chose to surrender, "Okay, Dad. But you promise?"
The man extended his pinky and initiated a promise by having both his and his boy's pinky linked together, forming a knot. At the same time, looking the boy in the eye, he replied, "I promise."
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"I promise..." His father's words echoed in the boy's mind for the umpteenth time. Over and over, the final moments he had shared with his father flashed before his eyes. He had kept track of each day's passing, marking every apprehensive day on the calendar, and now he murmured, "A week. A week has gone by. And today is the day, so why isn't he here? It is almost sunset. Did he lie to me?" The boy considered the question for a long moment, and suddenly burst out vehemently, "Never! Dad never lies." Then another thought crossed his mind, "Is he okay?"
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A rescue boat was sent out to seek for the man, but yet, after a week, there was still no news ... The boy would come each day after school and would stand there until sunset.--Waiting. His eyes would stretch far and beyond as if searching and searching and --wondering if the search would ever end ...
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The moment of waiting is such a devastating time in life. A lot of time, we are waiting for someone and even though they are late, we know they will eventually show up. During the period of waiting, all kind of bad thoughts will circle around our mind, and most of the time, one way or another, we will find some answers to the queries we are asking.

However, waiting for someone who is missing from our lives, be they forever gone or breaking up, is definitely indescribable ... Even though we know that we can't see them any more, the heart won't understand. Just like what Adele has once sung in her song:

"Sometimes I wake up by the door,
That heart you caught must be waiting for you
Even now when we're already over
I can't help myself from looking for you."

Until next stop,
Journey of Life 

28 comments:

  1. So true..
    Almost brought tears to my eyes..
    Waiting, longing for infinity...
    Well written

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    1. Thank you Deepika. I really appreciate your feedback.

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  2. This is so sad. Great writing.

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    1. Thank you Janu! I love your poem so much --so descriptive!

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  3. So sad. The not knowing would be awful! Brilliant write!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah ... and no none enjoys that ...

      Thank you Kathy!

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  4. Oh so so very sad. :( Terrible, and I know how he feels having to have his dad travel. Hoping and praying he'll be back. .. Mine always has, and for that I'm immensely grateful. :)

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    1. I am so happy for you, Larissa. Happy ending in your case.

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  5. Beautifully written and ever so sad :(

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  6. Now I want to know more! Maybe you should use this to build an even longer story on....who knows where it might lead?

    Keep writing!

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    1. Thank you Maggie. Such a great suggestion--perhaps when I have more time.

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  7. This is just so heart tugging. I agree with Maggie, i would love to read more. You have such a way with words.

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    1. Thank you Winnie for your encouraging words.

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  8. Excellent job. Touching and true to life.

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    1. Thank you Joe and really appreciate your supportive comment.

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  9. Angela, this is a very effective post - I liked it a lot.
    Actually, though, I wanted to comment about your puzzlement about my cover drawing on http://termitspeaker.blogspot.com. I consulted an acquaintance about the problem and he said his first impression was that it was underwater in the lower half of the picture. Is that what you thought? I think I see the problem - it's kind of an optical illusion and a perspective problem. The broad river tends to stick out and create the impression of the top of a body of water. I'm going to try narrowing the river, removing the ripples, and lowering the line of distant hills so that the flying Marsh Guardian is displayed more against the sky. After I work it over, I'll republish it! Thanks for cluing me in to the problem!

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    1. Thank you Lorinda for stopping by and letting me know. Please do drop by and inform me when you republish it, I would love to see your final work.

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  10. I have seen a couple of different response to this prompt. I am amazed at the variety. This captures the quality of waiting.

    Visiting from the Papa is a Preacher Link Party.

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  11. so sad, yet is probably a sentiment of many.... i sure hope his dad was delayed to unforeseen circumstances, and not because of a mishap... great take on the prompt!

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    1. Thank you. I like your interpretation of the ending ...

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  12. This was an excellent read. I could feel for the boy--especially having waited myself for someone that did not return. It would take 30 years before I saw that someone again-and then to learn I really didn't understand the half of it. Life changing, regardless. Wonderful write! Cheers, Jenn.

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    1. Thank Jenn! I am sorry for the wait and I hope life turns out the way you want it.

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  13. I agree with one of the commenters above, now that I've read it, I want to know MORE.

    I am patiently waiting. :)

    Big virtual hugs, Amiga!
    ~Virginia

    P.S. I was finally able to get in and comment. Yippeee!!

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    1. Thank you Virginia for your persistent--You are way awesome!

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