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Old Times

At sixty she got stuck with a mind that refused to function like it should. A mind that forgot more then it retained. Yet everyday she thinks of France. She fantasizes about fresh baked baguettes smeared with soft creamy brie, and rude waiters talking down to her as if being American was a disease.

“We should go.”

“Mom, you’ve been to France. We went last year.”

Then she remembers.

Her daughter is 20 and getting married.

Thirty with kids.

Forty and no longer visits.

That her life is almost done.

She forgets all this again and tomorrow longs for France anew.

 


 

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Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: https://www.youtube.com/user/frogger65 The Origin podcast feed is: http://bryanaiello.com/category/podcast/feed/ For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: www.bryanaiello.com My amazon author page is: https://www.amazon.com/Bryan-Aiello/e/B06XX3HWCF/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1494265791&sr=8-1

17 thoughts on “Old Times

  1. My Dad just passed away a few weeks ago, and my Mom has slowly been losing her ability to concentrate and remember things. She’s still pretty independent, but I suspect the day will come when she’ll be moving in with us.

  2. Good job of capturing the reality of life there, Bryan. I’ve seen this same scenario play out time and time again in my years working with the Elderly. Sad, but real.

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