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Old Mean Eyes – #Drabble

March 26, 2016

for Friday Ficticioneers


Old Mean Eyes

We called her Old Mean Eyes. The bag lady with the cart. The one who chased us away with an umbrella. The one who gathered cans. The one who planted flowers everywhere, in anything. Year after year. We didn’t pay much attention to her or the flowers. Did anyone?

Eventually, I left the neighborhood and went away to college. One spring break, I arrived back home to a celebration in the streets. Kids of all ages were planting flowers, everywhere. In honor of Old Mean Eyes, they said. She’d died that Winter. I guess people were paying attention after all.

Ā©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

(100 words)

  1. A fine legacy, too bad it took so long!

  2. Nicely observed piece of fiction.

  3. Dear Lori,

    Old Mean Eyes doesn’t sound all that mean. Delightful story.



  4. I think she’d have been proud. A lovely story.

  5. Dale permalink

    Goes to show that we can take some things for granted… she obviously had touched many lives… sweet.

  6. Ah, planting flowers in tribute of Ol Mean Eyes.

  7. I find it quite sweet that they remembered her flowers, she must have made their lives a little brighter day by day.

  8. mattysan permalink

    is this one based on a true story ? i likes it:-) tho it seems a little sad to me,that pple would celibrate someone”AFTER” they pass away??

    • no, it’s just out of my head *laughs* yeah, but isn’t that always the way.. we just take advantage that someone is there, doing things and only when they are gone do we realize how important they really were šŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by Mattysan šŸ™‚

      • dhirajanand permalink

        Indeed a cruel reality that one is remembered when gone.

      • Aye, it is šŸ™‚ thank you for stopping by dear šŸ™‚

      • dhirajanand permalink

        Pleasure’s entirely mine dear šŸ™‚

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