Thursday, September 2, 2010

A New Life Part II - in 55


The cold bed of the truck
gave way to the early warmth of a Spring day.
The family bumped and bruised
out of the freezing mountain air
and dropped down
a long road next to the widest,
most beautiful river
she had ever seen.
Although it seemed near its end,
her journey was just beginning.
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This is a Flash Fiction Friday 55.
If you want to know what the hell that means visit g-man.
The challenge is on.
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This is part two in a series about my mother's travels by truck from Wyoming to Oregon. It is set in the early 1940's as her family seeks escape from the depression to find work in the Pacific Northwest.

46 comments:

moondustwriter said...

What river is that???
Delightful - new beginnings
nice 55 MM
"Batter Up" wrong sport

Moon smiles

Brian Miller said...

cool. so are you going to be continuing this series monkey...i think you should...nice 55.

my 55

Caty said...

sounds like a nice journey :)

G-Man said...

MM....
I'm usually not a fan of 'serial 55's'..
But I LOVE real Family History 55's.
Thanks for the follow up, very interesting.
Moon's little Ode to College Football kick off saturday has me geeked. I'll be at the Big House Saturday..
Go Beaver's?
Have a Kick Ass Holiday Week-End

clean and crazy said...

very well written. love this story

Thom said...

You can feel this all the way through. I do hope we at least get to find out about the next step in her journey. Well done my friend :) Have a great weekend :)

Me said...

I'm still loving this, MM. I am currently working on a little family history detective work of my own...maybe I'll share some soon. :)

Great 55! Mine is HERE.

Prayer Girl said...

I'm still following, still loving this serial 55.

Mine is up.

PG

lakeviewer said...

Lovely! It tells the whole story.

TALON said...

I could feel the bouncy truck ride. I'm going to have to do some homework to and see where this started and then stay tuned to see where this is going :)

Jingle said...

your words paint a vivid image, I see the truck and feel the changes....

remarkable 55.
wonderfully done!

Autumnforest said...

Sounds like where I am in my life right now. That was beautiful.

Mama Zen said...

"bumped and bruised
out of the freezing mountain air."

I love that!

lime said...

as i was reading i thought this had a depression era feel to it. you obviously captured it well. love that there is personal history in it.

Alice Audrey said...

You've got me trying to figure out which river it might be and wondering if they are still rolled up in a mattress.

The Bipolar Diva said...

one again Incredibly done!

PattiKen said...

I love that you are continuing the story. Really nice, MM. Can't wait for the next installment.

MorningAJ said...

Please say you're going to keep telling this tale! I want to know how everyone manages in their new life.

Dianne said...

wonderfully done. I recognized it immediately.

how we make eachother's lives alive across the ether!

and across the decades and centuries.

I love the brevity of the 55 and 160. ...so OCD and type A overachiever, I learn from concise parameters.

Larry said...

I've always loved wide rivers and beautiful summer days. I'm posted and ready to be read. Just follow the link below.


Bonnie and Clyde

anthonynorth said...

Beautifully done.

Jinksy said...

The hardest step of a journey is the first...

the walking man said...

That the Colorado River?

No journey ever ends. When it ends it changes from journey to destination.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I felt this... I really did.

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh I so loved this! brought back memories of our move here, 19 years ago!
You will need a knife and fork again for mine! lol!
D

joanny said...

MM

Nice 55er, love that you are continuing the journey, look forward to the next edition.

Cheers,
Joanny

Claudia said...

i love to start something new - so i love your story

my 55 is here

Cheryl said...

This continuation knocked my socks off. That photo is gorgeous. Did you shoot it?

Mine's up.

Tony Single said...

Okay, I'm hooked. Count me in for the whole journey should you continue to tell it, my friend. :)

Eric Alder said...

Cleverly utilizing a 55 to further your storyline, eh? Well played, sir!

she said...

I love this!. I feel like a kid sitting in story time. I can't wait to hear more next Friday. Thanks.

Tina said...

Nice! Please keep going! I'm ready for part 3. My 55 is here.

gospelwriter said...

ah, the promised continuation - love it, looking forward to the next installment - love your 55 (great picture too!)

5thsister said...

here's to a new start and a new lease on life!

RNSANE said...

This is wonderful and I am enjoying it so much. Like others, I hope the saga continues. I can imagine your mother's delight at leaving the cold winter and embracing spring.

Someone Is Special said...

very cute and sweet 55...

Do stop by An apple a day keeps the doctor away

--Someone Is Special--

razzamadazzle said...

How wonderful for a new beginning in a new land. I love family histories, and I'm really enjoying this.

Teresa

Jannie Funster said...

I thought she was perhaps a Mexican immigrant until I read about your mother. And I bet YOU were her best adventure of all lying ahead!

I really liked this!

I've not yet been to the U.S Northwest. Someday...

xo

hope said...

I love this story and that you're sharing it with us! I think too many forget that life was once a struggle day-to-day and every little victory was savored!

Unknown Mami said...

I'm so tired that when I read the first line I thought, "the cold bed of a truck sounds like a wonderful place to nap."

moondustwriter said...

ny 160 accidentally went up - was trying to auto post
so now it's sorta up sorta not

arghhh

Ms Hen said...

..intriguing..

Just wanted to say HELLO(catch up on my favorite blogs).. and hope all is going terrific.. been working a lot this summer.. but al is good.

hugs..

Betty Ann

Nessa said...

Another wonderful installment. Looking forward to more.

Scott said...

the Columbia River Gorge is indeed breathtaking, dramatic... to a high plains girl this must have been quite a revelation!

Scott said...

the Columbia River Gorge is indeed breathtaking, dramatic... to a high plains girl this must have been quite a revelation!

Marla said...

Makes me wish I was born in those times.