The Glow of Love

He sat on the tree stump with a sigh. Today was Mother’s Day and he had nothing to gift her like most of the boys in his class who bought dresses, chocolates and candles for their moms. His pocket money was just enough to pay for his bus fare to school and that favourite lollipop. Rising prices were such a nuisance; on top of that, his father had lost his job as there was no more timber to be cut and hence couldn’t raise his pocket money like others. 

He heard someone coming and looked up, it was his best friend and man-friday holding a jar. He held it up, quickly whispered in his friend’s ear and then both got to work scooping up sunlight into the jar. As dusk approached they also caught some fireflies before going home.

That night, one house glowed brightly even as the electricity was cut. 

Stumps


The photo prompts have been given by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at the Friday Fictioneers and by Goroyboy at the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW). The word prompt (dress) has been given by Six Sentence Stories at Recording Life Under The Radar. 

PS: Due to Internet problems the photos prompts may not load correctly. Please bear with me till the problem resolves. Will re-add them once I get a steady connection.

25 responses to “The Glow of Love”

  1. Great descriptions. Very nice story

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  2. Great imagery. Good 6

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  3. Lovely, bittersweet story. So much in six sentences! Thank you!

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  4. I’m with the others…good imagery, sweet story.

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  5. Precious story, right to the heart of the matter.

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  6. Very sweet and heartfelt tale. I remember receiving coupons for hugs and clean rooms and smiles and love for some Mother’s Day gifts from my sweet children. Mothers want the love, not the dress, chocolate or candles.

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    1. A lovely thought Val. Hope you have a really high pile of those coupons 🙂

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  7. Aw, yes! The things that put smiles on our faces during rough times. Lovely story.

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  8. Best. Gift. Ever. And a great story, to boot.

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  9. Sweet story! He captured the sunlight for his mother. 🙂

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  10. A clever write. Very well imagined.

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  11. That was such a sweet story. It showed the bonds of friendship beautifully.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  12. His mother would love that. Good story from start to moving and meaningful finish.

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  13. I love your SSS! We don’t see fireflies here. I’ve only seen them once and it was on the opposite side of the country. Loved it.

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  14. What a beautiful story Bernadette. Excellent combination of the challenges.

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  15. A great story, yes it is possible to have so much when having so little.

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  16. A simply delightful tale and a brilliant way to combine the prompts. I’d like a jar of sunlight!

    Click to read my FriFic!

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  17. You found an excellent way of showing how love and attentive effort in expressing it are better than material gifts to a mom. And you served it with a side helping of the value of friendship. Great tale, Bernadette!

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  18. Scooping up sunlight. if only 🙂 Lovely story.

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  19. I love the imagery of scooping up sunlight in a jar! Sweet story!

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