Friday Fictioneers – Proud Mary

Photo courtesy:  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Photo courtesy: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Proud Mary

Word count:  100

Ray waited for his mother as always on the lowest step. He was learning about the holocaust in school, and for the first time in a year he noticed that the patterns on the entrance gate resembled the Jewish star. He sighed, and poked at the hole in his shoe.

Mr. Robino whisked in through the outside door but stopped short. With a mixture of compassion and irritation, he offered his loaf of bread. The smell stirred hunger in Ray’s belly but his mother’s words came to mind:

“We may be poor now; Raymond, but we do not accept charity.”

 

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33 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Proud Mary

  1. I had to read through the music of “Proud Mary” and the big wheels kept on turning. Charity is also love and people should never be ashamed to accept love. Sad story, Brit.

    janet

  2. Interesting for many reasons. I came by after getting your Like and was glad to see you picked up the Star of David pattern too but did not use it fully as I did.
    About which I’d like to answer Petruj : Nearly 4 000 years of hatred by the majority is a “great” way to learn community support. If they had not learned, they would not be here to practice it?
    But I also want to mitigate your “Not Really” answer to Britlight, mylady. I have lived in many places and visited many more and on average, support and sense of community does exist. There are but two set-ups where I found that to be woefully absent : Very big cities and agglomerations especially in very modern well to do countries when the “system” overrules the gregarious nature of humans ( often thus called dehumanizing? ) and “broken nations” when history halts proper functioning of the human network at large or in sub-groups, hopefully only for a time. OF course, on the individual level and for particular matters as you explained in your blog, this may not hold true and isolation when it ensues does not allow the “victim” to believe in such afterwards. All my wishes that it comes back!
    And last, the best part of your story was to open the debate, Britlight ma’am! It worked judging by the amount and variety of comments, congrats! Who knows for example what that child will inherit as an adult from his mother’s stance, maybe the same or maybe the opposite?
    Sorry for the length and intensity of this comment,
    good day to you two and the rest of the gang, Tay.

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