Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Loss

We're all the way up to L already?  Where has the time gone?

I was inspired to write this drabble after watching A League of Their Own.


From her seat on the porch, Anna saw the uniformed messenger climb out of the car.  Beside her, Sarah’s petite form tensed.  “No,” came the slightest of whimpers.  “No, no, no.”

The messenger could be going to a neighboring house, Anna thought.

The young man started up the sidewalk, and Sarah crumpled to the floor.  “No, no, NO!”  The volume and desperation increased with each repetition.

The news was clear.  Sarah’s husband had died in the war.  Like so many others.  Anna ached for her friend, but part of her also rejoiced that she wasn’t the one receiving such news.


  1. The sorrow for a friend, but also the secret 'thank god' - painful mixture.
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  2. It must be a bitter-sweet feeling. But I can't say I wouldn't feel the same.

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  3. So sad and yet so true with the selfish little piece of relief not to be the one.
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  4. There's nothing drabbly about this. I've never lost anyone very close to me, but I can relate to moments of shock and dread like that. We all can. Times like those are when walking by faith and not by sight is absolutely crucial.

  5. Might seem selfish, but that's how we'd all feel.

  6. That is one of the worst feelings in the world. When someone else feels pain and you can't help that fleeting second of, "I'm so glad it's not happening to me."

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  7. Good movie.

    I can't imagine what it must have been like to lose a loved one that way. Thanks for capturing the scene.

  8. You captured those emotions perfectly, that is probably how most people would feel - conflicted.

  9. A combination of loss and relief...high emotions all around. Nice piece.

  10. I remember that scene in a League of Their Own. I remembered not really connecting with the setting until that moment in the film.