Friday Fictioneers is a weekly challenge to write a complete story in 100 words or less based on a photo prompt. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting this challenge and Connie Gayer for this week’s prompt.
Jessie watched her family from the sod house window. Four boys in the yard; a daughter hunched on her hip. Jessie looked older than her 30 years. Life was hard.
In the field, her husband Jack tilled the dried red clay with a hoe. His back forever bent from labor.
The crops would still die.
She clutched a letter from her sister. Come to California, Annie pleaded.
They could stay with her sister until Jack found work. She would talk to Jack tonight.
Jessie placed her hand on her swollen belly. If this one survives, I’ll call her Hope.
22 thoughts on “Dust Bowl”
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I liked the description of the child hunched on her hip and the boys in the yard
Thank you Neil.
You captured that grim desperation beautifully.
Thank you Sandra
Beautifully done! So poignant. I hope they make it.
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Thank you Susan. I’m sure they will
So much desperation (and hope) in a hundred words. Well done.
Thank you Rochelle. Those were desperate times but without hope, I don’t think anyone could survive
So well described, I could just see them…
Desperate and hopeful all together.
Thanks Dale. Desperation and hope walk hand-in-hand
Wonderfully descriptive and that last line was simply perfect. Nice one Susan
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Thank you Keith for your thoughtful comments
Well captured scene from a tough era.
Thank You Christine. I am glad you liked it
I hope they fare better in California than the Joads… Very nicely done.
Very moving. I never cease to be amazed by stories of people who survived and endured such incredibly hard lives.
I know it. My grandparents left Texas in the 1920s for California. Better than the cotton fields. There life was hard but they ended up doing well. I hope I have some of that sterner stuff in me. Thanks for the comment Jilly
Reality can be harsh….well done!