Back to Life

shoes and books

© Magaly Guerrero

She pulled her grandmother’s shoes out of the packing case, dusted, and then polished them. Leah regretted neglecting her passion, the one she learned from Grand Mama. Mendel had been such a good husband and they had a wonderful life together, but looking back, she had devoted all of her life to his pursuits. Poor, dear Mendel passed last month, and it was time for her to pull her art books and paints out from under the vase and put them to good use again. It was time for Leah to live for herself.

I wrote this for The Friday Fictioneers photo writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The idea is to use the photo above as a prompt to write a piece of flash fiction no more than 100 words long. My word count is 86.

To read more photos based on the prompt, go to

27 thoughts on “Back to Life

  1. I think that rediscovering half-forgotten talents is a good way to deal with the loss of a beloved partner. Unless there was too much suppression of self, then his death is liberating for her, and that would be very sad.


  2. She’s a lucky one. She had a fabulous life with her husband and now has interests to pursue in his absence. Nice take on the prompt.


    • Thanks, Michael. My Mom is facing that now that my Dad has died. It’s a difficult adjustment for her since they’d been married well over 60 years and Dad did most things. Now Mom has to learn to fulfill that role for herself.


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