#FF — Celluloid Truth


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Mom’s 90th birthday was approaching. Us “kids,” now in our 60’s and 70’s, decided assisted living was imminent. It took blood, sweat, and tears to get Mom’s acceptance. She called and said, “June, I’m going through pictures. Come over and get some.”

I arrived at the appointed time. One by one, she chose for me, identifying each, then handing them over, where I put them in a basket. When filled, I noticed there were no pictures of me in there.

Mom, where are the pictures of me?”

She paused for a moment, then said, “Your mother has them.”

[99 words]

 

Rochelle is the steady host of Friday Fictioneers.

48 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes, darling, it’s time to move. Good story with a “stab to the heart” last line.
    Tracey

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Tracey.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Wow! That’s some twist in the tail

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Ouch, quite a reveal. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Iain.

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  4. Mike says:

    A powerful ending, yes powerful, well done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Mike.

      Like

  5. hanspostcard says:

    Wow a shocker ending…. I have a friend who told me his grandmother was in her 80’s and her older sister told he the family secret that she didn’t know- that her mother- wasn’t her mom. She never got over it. Why at that point in the game other than spite would a person do that?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good question, Hans. Shocking that it really happens!

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  6. badfinger20 says:

    Well, that was a gut shot… love you too “mom”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it would definitely be a moment you never forgot!

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  7. Sadje says:

    A very interesting ending.

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  8. memadtwo says:

    Too true to life. (K)

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  9. Sandra says:

    What a stunner of a last line. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sandra.

      Like

  10. Lynn Love says:

    Wasn’t expecting that twist! Cracking story

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lynn!

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      1. Lynn Love says:

        My pleasure 🙂

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  11. Heck of a twist at the end there!

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  12. Dear Lisa,

    That last line is something of a sucker punch. Good job. That would be something like finding your picture on a milk carton.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you for your response.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  13. bearmkwa says:

    Ouch! That one had to hurt. Great write!

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  14. draliman says:

    Yoinks! Revealing the truth after so long revenge for the whole “assisted living” thing, perhaps? 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good guess, Ali!

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  15. Wow, that was unexpected – even more so for June I guess!

    Here’s my story

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  16. James McEwan says:

    There is always one final secret and it’s a gob-smacker.
    Nicely turned.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well-said, James 🙂 Thank you.

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  17. Nobbinmaug says:

    What? That last line was shocking!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Imagine how June feels!

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  18. Well! I certainly wasn’t expecting that ending. Now I want to know more. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Alicia thank you very much.

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  19. Dale says:

    So lovely to find this out in your seventies… What a punch in the gut.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Never too old to be surprised, it seems!

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  20. Wow. What an ending twist. At that point, I would have dropped the picture box. Mom certainly could keep a secret. A little too long though. I’m wondering what the other “kids” knew about it. A great story, Lisa. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Suzanne. Good questions! I’m thinking another chapter may be needed to answer them…

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  21. magarisa says:

    Whoa… what a cruel way to reveal the truth! I didn’t see that coming.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      She didn’t either!

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  22. It’s either dementia or a long-time secret. I’m guessing the later. How sad for June, but a well-written story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Brenda. Both very good guesses.

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  23. granonine says:

    I have a friend in her 50’s whose uncle just informed her that the man she had always known as her father—wasn’t. She was completely gobsmacked. But I pointed out to her that this information will not change her life in any way, and her memories are her truth.

    So why did her uncle do that? Don’t know.

    Your story really rang true for me, but I’d rather attribute that slam-dunk ending to Alzheimer’s 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad you connected with the story, Linda, and good guess!

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