#FF — Blended


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Mom liked Butch best. Bedridden and looped up on meds left dad playing her nursemaid. He helped me as he could.

Men came and went. When I had my first child, I was on my own — and for the four that followed. I bartended while the oldest watched the rest.

Mick was a quiet man who tipped well. His wife had walked out on him and their two boys; they’d moved in with his folks. Mick and I married six months later and they moved in with us.

His mom didn’t play favorites. She made the best Christmas cookies.

[100 words]

 

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the welcoming host of Friday Fictioneers.

56 Comments Add yours

  1. Dale says:

    Wow… So much story told here.
    And how lucky is she that she finally ended up with Mick (must be the name – they are special men 😉 )

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Dale.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    A quiet man who tipped well. Not a bad epitaph

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  3. Sadje says:

    Story of a life, in just 100 words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! 🙏

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m glad it ended well, cookies and all 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Iain.

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  5. jenne49 says:

    So much pain and injustice and finally love. And a mother who didn’t play favourites taking us right back to where the pain started with the mother who did. There’s so much in this short story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jenne thank you very much for seeing.

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  6. EagleAye says:

    At least she found someone in the end. Sometimes the search is a long one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I agree, EA. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  7. elmowrites says:

    Sometimes the little things are the big things, aren’t they? Those Christmas cookies must have tasted all the sweeter for being made with love.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I bet they did ❤

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  8. notestowomen says:

    I’m so happy that things worked out for her in the end. Mick sounds like a terrific guy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ditto, Magarisa. He was ❤

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  9. granonine says:

    Well, how refreshing! A happy ending to a sad story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, thank you, glad you liked the story 🙂

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  10. Nobbinmaug says:

    That’s a long, bumpy road to a good cookie.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      But oh did those cookies taste good.

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  11. memadtwo says:

    There are still good endings out there, thank goodness. (K)

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  12. A sweet ending, literally. What a full story. Lovely Ms. Jadeli.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, GiN.

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  13. Tannille says:

    Fantastic ending. It amazes that for every crap person there are decent people waiting around the corner.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well said! Thanks.

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  14. subroto says:

    A lot of story between the lines and a sad beginning gets transformed into a happy ending. Nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Subroto.

      Like

  15. draliman says:

    A happy ending after a difficult start for her.

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  16. …and they all lived happily ever after! Nice one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wouldn’t go that far 😉 Thanks, Keith!

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  17. A complete arc of a story. Very rich, layered,a nd yes, just what happens to good people in this world. They end up with best tasting cakes, right? Loved this delecable little slice of life nee entire life tale captured in 100 words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Neel, your comment makes my day. Thank you 🙂

      Like

  18. plaridel says:

    i love happy endings. that’s all i can say. 🙂

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  19. James McEwan says:

    All is well that ends well.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, James.

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  20. GHLearner says:

    I love the happy ending for both of them. And his mum is a gem.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed the story, GH, thank you.

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  21. athling2001 says:

    Sounds like things are moving towards the better. Great job.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

      Like

  22. Sounds like she’s ended up with a goodun there! Great tale as per usual, you cram so much in with so few words, great stuff.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was a story that needed to be told. Thanks, Shrawl!

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  23. Dear Lisa,

    What a story! I’m glad she found happiness in the end with a mother in law who accepted her. Sweet. You practically wrote a novel in 100 words.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, I’m glad she did also. Many thanks for your kind comment.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  24. A hard life with a better ending than beginning. So much said in so few words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Brenda, thank you.

      Like

  25. Lorraine says:

    Full circle from bitter beginnings to sweet endings. A very full tale in 100 words!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Lorraine!

      Like

  26. A well written story, almost a mini novel. All that family history and a future too. I wasn’t clear what ‘His mom didn’t play favorites’ meant.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, WWM. That line is paired with the first line where her own mom played favorites with her brother.

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  27. Laurie Bell says:

    How’s here’s a story full of real life. So much pain and then, a new beginning. Well done. All told in cookies!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Laurie!

      Like

  28. A lovely story to a blended family. 💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sascha 🙂

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