February 23: Flash Fiction Challenge – Boat People


The spring rains had not arrived, the fields were barren, prospects dim. His young family faced hunger if he didn’t act.

He made a life changing decision. He packed up his family and set sail to a foreign land. They were boat people, with nothing to keep them in their homeland they sailed for the opportunity of a new life.

It took four months to cross the oceans and when they arrived it was hot and humid. His brother met them and took them home. They began a new life, in a new land. My grateful, paternal, great grandparents.


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15 Responses to February 23: Flash Fiction Challenge – Boat People

  1. Neat Michael, and so very brave for the time.

  2. floridaborne says:

    My great, great grandfather came over during the Irish potato famine, with 13 children. It was a different time.

  3. Lyn says:

    My paternal grandfather arrived in Australia from Finland on board “South Carolina” in 1879. He was a shipwright and was 30 when he arrived. He married my grandmother who was 15 and they had four children. My father was third born in 1890. My grandparents were still together when he passed away at the age of 98. I never met him, but knew my grandma very well.

  4. Charli Mills says:

    So many of us descend from boat people from across the waters elsewhere. I wonder how many of us of Irish origins are scattered around the globe and yet related? A great take on the prompt, Michael!

    • Michael says:

      Thanks Charli my great grandfather went to America and fought in the Civil War before returning to Ireland, marrying my Great grandmother and then bringing his family to Australia

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