The empty-nester – a tiny tale

The wooden benches in her garden had remained vacant for too long. Sita missed her children and the extremely naughty, noisy bunch of grandchildren. The restrictions prevented her extended family from visiting and transforming her home into a hive of activity.

This tiny tale was written in response to the June 23rd #1MinFiction Challenge hosted by Cyranny. The challenge is to write a very short story based on the picture prompt. The idea is to manage to type your whole story in a minute or less. Of course, you can think about it before hitting the keyboard, and you can take all your time to edit it afterward. Thank you for hosting this challenge, Cyranny.

The empty benches looked very sad to me. I would love to go to the place shown in this image. It looks beautiful and serene. Looks like those benches are yearning for human contact! Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, many people are not able to visit even their closest family members. I hope that it won’t be too long until we will be safe to travel without worrying about the risk of infection.

For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a set of vacant wooden chairs and benches in the a cobbled pathway in the middle of a garden that is surrounded by a metal fence.

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116 thoughts on “The empty-nester – a tiny tale

    1. Oh, Preeths. That’s super sweet of you. Thanks a lot for all the love and support that you shower on me and my writings. Your words have really made my day 😍
      Thanks a lot 😁❤️🤗 😍😃😊

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  1. Everyone misses that for now, but I’m also very grateful. This infection can unite distant families into close ones.( ; Don’t forget that bench after the pandemic, because he misses you.

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  2. This story lines a grandmother’s sad feeling mind to see the empty places before her grandchildren
    Rocking there always 👌🌷😊🙏 Now this Pandemic situation children and grandchildren couldn’t
    Visit her , so she lovely remembered everything 👍🏻🌹💕my comment

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  3. Whoa…entire story in a minute..I know it can’t be easy but you always write so well…and I love the picture…can totally imagine sitting there for hours with a hot cup of coffee , reading and writing 💖🥰

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  4. This is a really lovely concept. I liked the idea of the one minute story:) I wanna try too 😊 I always decide to keep my stories short and concise but then i just can’t help myself from getting lost in the description 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Nandika. I’m glad you liked it. You should definitely try this out. I have added a link to the original challenge prompt. I love to write tiny tales. I tend to struggle with the description 😃

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      1. That is ok:) as long as it works fine now. I am not able to visit your blog every week even though the content is very good. I will try to visit whenever I can. Hope you don’t mind the bulk of likes and comments 😊

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      2. That’s alright. Feel free to visit whenever you can spare the time. I’m glad that my content keeps you coming back for more. I don’t mind the bulk likes and comments at all!


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