Butterfly Memories

Startled awake by the 2am phone call that only meant one thing.

“He’s gone.”

Sitting on the edge of her bed, I held my mother as sobs raked her body. The only grandparent I had ever known, his heart had stopped in his sleep.

93 years. Long and fully lived, never the right time. Questions left unanswered, stories hanging, so many lost opportunities. Is anyone ever ready?

Honey fills my nostrils, I feel him with me as I water the butterfly bush, his last gift to me. Cherish the blooms, the lavender sweet that reminds.


This blog post is part of Charli Mill’s Flash Fiction Challenge issued by Carrot Ranch Communications. July 15, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a breathless moment. Write about life.

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13 thoughts on “Butterfly Memories

  1. The last gift given by your grandpa is nurtured and cherished by you , keeping his memories alive in your heart. And that is life.

  2. This sentence: “Honey fills my nostrils, I feel him with me as I water the butterfly bush, his last gift to me.” Wow, it really rocks the piece, following the loss. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this tender memory!

    1. I wanted to follow up the “breathless” (and heartbreaking) moment by something beautiful, and hoped to do the memory justice. Looks like I succeeded! Thanks so much for the encouragement! 🙂

  3. This is beautiful Thank you. And you are right. We are never ready. Life is never enough.
    I love the quote by Benjamin Franklin you have at the top of your page. It’s a great one. I hadn’t heard it before. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Norah! It was a challenge keeping this memory brief (99 words). I could easily have made it into a short story, and this week’s flash has certainly inspired me to do so!

      I LOVE that quote. I heard it years ago and it really stuck with me.

      Thanks for the follow! I look forward to many future conversations! 🙂

      1. There is still the opportunity of sharing the memory in a longer story! There’s great potential there.
        I also look forward to many more conversations. 🙂

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