#FF — First Domino


PHOTO PROMPT Β© Dale Rogerson

Ada, Bonnie, Christy, Donna, Eileen, Francina, and Ginette grew up together in St. Ignace. Their mothers stayed home and made pasties. Their fathers worked as woodsmen, railroad men, and on the ships of Lake Michigan. They married young and followed their parents’ footsteps. They canned food in autumn, made quilts together, and talked soaps over coffee. Their kids cut teeth together.

Husbands die. Kids move away. Since 1985 they’ve flown together to Florida through winter, staying in the same beachside condo. Not this winter. Their bones ache with cold. They are alone but for Zoom.

By March, there are six.

[100 words]

Learn more about St. Ignace, Michigan here.
Learn more about pasties here.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the fearless leader of Friday Fictioneers.

90 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Seven roses, seven friends. So sad

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I know, it’s heartbreaking. The story immediately jumped into my mind when I saw the photo 😦 Please let this be the last winter old friends are parted from each other.

      Liked by 3 people

  2. Deeply poignant and saddening, Very well written!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Neel. My heart goes out to those ladies 😦

      Like

  3. Quite a believable tale I’m afraid. Nice one!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Susan.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    So many lost, and the tragedy of not being able to say goodbye to loved ones. Herat-breaking.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is 😦 Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Iain Kelly says:

        You’re welcome πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Oy for the heartache. Beautiful use of the prompt, though …

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Na’ama.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. kittysverses says:

    Very well written, Li. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Kitty, thank you πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Li. πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Dear Lisa,

    Poignant piece. Wonderful use of the prompt. (I never counted the roses. πŸ˜‰ )

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you. I wouldn’t have either but when I knew what I was going to write, I had to πŸ™‚
      Shalom,
      Lisa
      p.s. I just sent you some photos per your request πŸ™‚

      Like

  8. Gut wrenchingly sad and poignant, a brilliant take, brutal but delicate

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Shrawl. Knowing how tight-knit folks are in those small towns and knowing how brutal the winters are up there my heart goes out to those ladies.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. pennygadd51 says:

    What a sad story. You evoked the small town feeling very deftly, with its closeness but also its limited opportunity.
    I was fascinated to see your link to pasties as well. I live just outside Cornwall, and they’re rather familiar to me!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Penny! I live in the lower part of the state where pasties are scarce but whenever I drive north I make sure to get one (at least!) I know they didn’t originate in the US, probably relatives from your neck of the woods brought them over.

      Like

      1. pennygadd51 says:

        I do in fact have relatives in the USA, but they’re in Pennsylvania. They were lace-makers and came over in the 18th century.

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Very sad and moving story. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Josh.

      Like

  11. What a poignant moving story, beautifully told. Thank you. ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Louise ❀

      Like

  12. Sadje says:

    Such a moving story in so few words.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

  13. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Hopefully next year all 6 will not have to worry.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. subroto says:

    A moving story. I don’t know how much longer we will be confined to our own places. A change of scenery will do everyone good.
    On another note I have often wondered why the shape of the savory pastie is so similar to the sweet gujiya we get in India.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Subroto.
      Makes you wonder! Gujiya sounds tasty. Any recipes you care to share are welcome πŸ™‚

      Like

      1. subroto says:

        There are a number of traditional recipes but this will probably work for you https://www.easycookingwithmolly.com/2017/03/best-gujiya-recipe/

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you! I just copied and saved it.

          Like

  15. Chris Hall says:

    Very moving, Li πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Chris πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  16. memadtwo says:

    The isolation is the hardest part of this past year. I hope it will be easing soon. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I keep hearing about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If it gets approved, all 3 companies are jacking up production so hopefully us 16 and over that didn’t qualify in other ways will be getting it soon.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. memadtwo says:

        I hope so. Although I know many seniors that haven’t managed to get an appointment yet. They did say there will be more vaccine available in March.

        Liked by 1 person

  17. A story you couldn’t have imagined writing a couple of years ago. A perfect take on the picture, well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Keith. You’re so right 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  18. draliman says:

    Very sad, to lose one of their number and not even to be together for their last days.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Dora says:

    Sad story, but these are sad times of isolation and grief for many. I love the details you spin out as you build characters and their world. Well told, Lisa.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, thank you, I wish it wasn’t so 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Sorrowful and touching … a very sensitive write. I enjoyed your story very much.
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Isadora.

      Liked by 1 person

  21. plaridel says:

    at least, they have enough good memories to cherish and live on.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. So many missed events: plays, operas, symphonies, movies but you hit the nail on the head with this story, I miss meeting up with friends the most.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Alicia.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Yikes! I forgot to mention how well you captured that feeling.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          Thanks again, my friend πŸ™‚

          Like

  23. granonine says:

    I knew we were in Michigan the moment you mentioned pasties. I’m married to a Yooper.

    And I began to sense the sad ending when they had to be together via Zoom. Really good writing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, delete my answer for privacy purposes please. It’s where he went but don’t want a lasting record that bots can harvest at some point. (yes, I’m paranoid.)

      Liked by 1 person

      1. granonine says:

        I understand. Hate it that we have to be concerned. I will delete. Terry went there too. But he’s 77, so we don’t have to worry πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          πŸ™‚ The only uni in the world whose campus was designed to be an arctic wind tunnel!

          Liked by 1 person

          1. granonine says:

            Terry loved it. He lived to ski back then. He loved the endless snow, and even the deep cold. Brr. Not me.

            Liked by 1 person

            1. msjadeli says:

              I was amazed to know that MI has mountains! My son doesn’t like the snow but it toughened him up. Even today he won’t wear a coat outside where we live. It’s not cold enough lol

              Liked by 1 person

            2. msjadeli says:

              I loved driving along that stretch where Munising is.

              Like

              1. msjadeli says:

                We took 28 to 41 from the bridge. I see Iron River isn’t that far from Amasa. My grandparents had some neighbors who spent every summer in Amasa, and when we bought my grandparent’s place they became our neighbors. It was the Premo family. The husband was a biology prof at the community college and the wife had a greenhouse. The neighbors have passed on but I think at least one of their sons still lives up there. The dad’s name was Claude and the sons were Bruce and Dean (and maybe one more?)

                Liked by 1 person

      2. granonine says:

        I can’t figure out how to delete it since it’s on your site. Can you do it from there? I’ll keep looking for a way.

        Like

        1. msjadeli says:

          Oh ok! Thanks for letting me know. I forgot it was on my site.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. granonine says:

            Please let me know when you succeed.

            Liked by 1 person

            1. msjadeli says:

              I think it’s done now. Tried to keep the comments after.

              Liked by 1 person

      3. Dale says:

        Not that I’m snooping, but I’m next in line to comment. You have to delete the comment, Lisa, thought your admin page…

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          Thanks, Dale! πŸ™‚ I’m at the admin page now and will wipe it from her.

          Liked by 1 person

  24. Dale says:

    Beautifully done, Lisa. Oh, I so hope the remaining six can winter again together next winter!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks again for your help, Dale. And thank you for reading and commenting. Me too!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Dale says:

        My pleasure.
        And let’s send them some positive vibes πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  25. A heart breaking, and poignant tale Ms Jadeli. Well written.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, GiN.

      Liked by 1 person

  26. James McEwan says:

    A whole community and a generation of friendships in 100 words. I suspect Zoom is no substitute for each others physical company – shame.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, James.

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Another gorgeous image. πŸ€“

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Do you write any flash fiction? Friday Fictioneers is a blog where everyone writes to the same image and then links up to Mr Linky. If you do, check it out. There are a lot of really good writers there.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I don’t do much fiction writing myself but I do enjoy it when words are put together beautifully. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll take a look.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re very welcome πŸ™‚

          Liked by 1 person

  28. So many of us have lost someone dear this past year without getting the chance to say goodbye. Your story struck a cord with me. Beautifully written, Lisa.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Brenda, thank you.

      Like

  29. Bear says:

    Such a truly depressing story…yet, a true reflection of the present times. so many lost… so few left….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and it’s a rough reality for us.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Bear says:

        Yes, it is. This past week was so very hard. Between minister and my PTSD buddy, they helped in me getting Leah Mae.

        Liked by 1 person

  30. Michael Humphris says:

    This was inspired and so very sad.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      The virus took my support group facilitator. Our group was not bonded by location but the story is close enough to apply to it. Thank you for reading and your thoughtful comment, Michael.

      Like

  31. ahtdoucette says:

    Such a lovely, heartbreaking story. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. A truly sad but real illustration of these timmes we’re all battling through, well done

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Michael, wish it wasn’t so.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Ronda.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.