“I know you’ve seen better days, old girl.”
78-year-old Frank Parker patted the rusting hood of the ’49 Chevy.
Replacing the faded American flag hanging from the passenger-side door with a fresh one, he remembered.
“I was just your age when my Pa first bought the Daisy May. Saved up for over a year to buy her.”
“Why do you keep her, Gramps? She’s all broken down.”
“Reminds me of better days, Timmy, when everything made sense. As long as I live, she’ll always have a home here on the back forty.”
He looked down at his great-grandson. “You sure you want to do this, boy?”
Timmy hugged the old man. “I’m sure Gramps. I promise to bring a new flag every month. I’ll watch over her for you.”
Old Frank had the same cancer that took his Pa so many years ago. He was going to Heaven to be with Pa, Ma, and his wife Sarah. The life he lived was his inheritance to his children and their children’s children.
I wrote this in response to the FFfAW Challenge-Week of February 7, 2017. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story in around between 100 and 175 words, with 150 being optimal, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy.
To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit InLinkz.com.
I know that America has never been a perfect nation nor is it now. And while I’m about a decade-and-a-half shy of being 78, my childhood was full of joys my grandchildren will never experience. If I can give them at least some small sense of history and a world without smartphones, X-boxes, or the Internet, when children played outside all day with their friends, and yes, we rode our bikes without wearing helmets and didn’t die, then perhaps that past won’t die with me (no, I don’t have cancer. I feel fine).