Thursday, January 14, 2010

Four Tissues and a Wedding



As a young woman,
I smiled at weddings.

I cheered BRAVO
as the new couple began
their dream life together.

As a mature woman,
I smile at weddings.

My heart, burning with the
knowledge of the lessons they'll
learn during their lifetime together,
be it long or short,
sends a wet tear down my cheek.

Flash 55: Tell a story in 55 words of less.

38 comments:

Brian Miller said...

a wonderful 55 ronda. i love weddings to and the journeys i know will come after them. make sure you leave a comment at gmans tomorrow so that others will visit you wonderful words. smiles.

Kate Hanley said...

Amazing what you can relatein 55 words. Having been married for 12+ years, I can totally understand all the sentiments in the story. Great job.

DUTA said...

I'm impressed by this mini story (using only 55 words!!) revolving around a wedding, a new couple, a woman-guest and a smile.

I like the two vivid images composing this story: in the first one - a young woman smiling and cheering; in the second one - a mature, knowledgeable woman smiling and dropping a tear.

Wonderful little piece of writing!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wow!!

Dorraine said...

Much can be said in 55 words as you demonstrated in this lovely combination!

Mrsupole said...

Great 55 and a lot of wisdom in so few words. You just are gonna make me have to try this sometime, well not yet anyway. Brian hasn't gotten me to do it yet either. Heck I am still working on 55 for my comments. But you are doing great.

Oh and I finally got a new installment of Opal Nation posted for TT. I figured I better get back on the horse or just stay on the ground and I didn't want the horse to step on me. I hope you enjoy it.

Plus I hope you will do the "If" meme. I really would like to see your answers. I know they would be interesting.

Have a great weekend.

God bless.

TechnoBabe said...

Weddings are amazing, beginnings and compromises and forgiving and promising and tears and laughter. You and your family pulled off a beautiful event.

Kate said...

That is so lovely. What a beautiful post.

Kate xx

Jill said...

I like your 55 Ronda. Such a challenge.
Weddings...sigh...good stuff.

Ronda Laveen said...

Brian: You do know about journeys, don't you? Thanks for the advice about leaving a comment at gman's. I hadn't thought about post it for the circuit.

Kate (Cocktail): In the beginning, I thought how could I ever relate a story in so few words but, actually one can tell quite a bit. Yes, after 12 years of marriage, I'm sure you know what I mean.

DUTA: You are so eloquent. YOU bring a tear to my eye.

Mouse: I think you just started a new writing challenge. The Flash 3: Tell a story in three letters or less.

Dorraine: I would love to see what you come up with for a Flash 55. I think you would perform quite well. I'm waiting...

Ronda Laveen said...

Sherry: I know how hard it would be for you to compose a Flash 55. You are right your comments are often 5x that amount. You are so generous with your contribution to blog society. I was so excited to see you had FINALLY post a new episode of Opal Nation!

TechnoBabe: Yes, forgiveness and love are the biggies aren't they?

Kate: Welcome and thanks. I'll be over to visit soon.

Jill: You are right about the challenge--both in weddings and Flash 55's.

Baino said...

It's been a long time since I've actually attended a wedding but my best friend's son is getting married in March. I'm sort of interested to see how I'll react. He's the first of 8 children who grew up together to tie the knot. I know his mother will be a blubbering mess!

otin said...

That was very touching, Ronda. Perspective is always so different with age and experience.

Ronda Laveen said...

Baino: Please let me know how you feel during the cermeony. Wow! The first of 8 kids who grew up together to get married. March is almost here.

Otin: Yes, age and experience definitley show one the perspective points of life.

Susan Anderson said...

That was an awesome piece and I love how it reflected on new beginnings. Welcome to 55's. I've been doing it for almost three months. Have fun :)
I'm up too
http://inappropriatesue.blogspot.com/2010/01/55-flash-fiction-friday-28-days-4-hours.html

sheila said...

Wow, that was very pretty! I did my first 55 today and um, lol, it's not pretty ;o)

G-Man said...

WOW!!!
Great Job for a First 55 Ronda.
I hope you found this challenging, creative, and fun. Please join in the funfest again next week, and have a Kick Ass Week-End..G

Ronda Laveen said...

Susan: Thanks for stopping by the Wonderland. I enjoyed my visit to your site and your Flash 55.

Sheila: Your first Flash 55 was a hoot.

G-man: Thanks. I did find it challenging, creative and fun. I'll be back for more.

smarmoofus said...

It's funny how our perspective changes, isn't it? A little life experience can go a long way.

Great 55!
-smarmoofus

Ronda Laveen said...

Smarmoofus: A little life experience
CAN go much, MUCH further than a long way. Nice to meet u.!

Hootin' Anni said...

Great 55. Weddings are bitter sweet to me sometimes, and the tear down a cheek is always seen!! Love this.

My FF55 is fiction to some, but to others not so. It's...

HERE

[scroll down below my pencils sketches to find "The Shaft-a"]

Reya Mellicker said...

Beautiful! (A review of your post in one word.)

I always cry at weddings. It's a happy cry, always.

Susan at Stony River said...

How true that is -- nailed in 55 words, I really enjoyed this one! I haven't been to a wedding in a while (now it's all christenings LOL) so enjoyed your photos too.

My 55's up too.

Mama Zen said...

This is so true! Great 55!

sarah said...

hmmm. perspectives...nice. Sarah

clean and crazy said...

you are a great new addition to the 55 blog roll!! great job!! mine is up too

Dr.John said...

Just a lovely 55. I enjoyed.

Monkey Man said...

First shot at a 55? Right on target. Love it when I can so relate to a post. http://petzoldspracticalprose.blogspot.com/2010/01/long-bony-fingers-gripped-frayed-edge.html#comments

Megan said...

VERY well done.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hey Rhonda, That was a great 55! I cheer at weddings too!

Have a fun weekend.
xo

Ronda Laveen said...

Flash 55 visitors: I am please to meet you all for the first time. Brian "the man" Miller talks you guys up like you can't imagine. Welcome and thanks for letting me play.

Reya: Thanks, beautiful!

Megan: High praise from you alwyas makes me happy.

Joanna: Glad you enjoyed. You have a great weekend too!

Just Be Real said...

Ronda, a very nice 55. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Dave King said...

It never seems as though it could be possible to me, but it usually works out well - like marriage, I suppose!

Evening Light Writer said...

I think it is terribly romantic when two people decide to take a chance on one another and commit to building a life together. I think thats why I fet all teary-eyed at weddings and births..so much possibility. Its only sad when the possibility isn't nurtured or explored. Fantastic though, I'm thinking of love a lot lately.

Eternally Distracted said...

Lovely words... I wish I could do a 55 - I just babble too much ;0)

lettuce said...

lovely

so to the point without being terse
you're very good at this
and so true

tony said...

55 Words & You Have Nailed It!

Ronda Laveen said...

Just Be Real: Thanks for visiting the Wonderland. Blessings to you too!

Dave: You are so right and such a wonderful wordsmith.

Mindy: Hmmm, why are you thinking so much about love right now? New man? Old man back in the picture? Spill the beans.

Eternally Distracted: I don't think you babble you just have a lot to say.

Tony: Hey, glad you see you back and around again!