January 25: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Edge


It will come as no surprise to know I sent my mother to the edge on more than one occasion. I was the second of three boys, each perfect in our unique ways.

But I know we drove mum mad.

She’d tell us one thing and we’d do the opposite.

She’d get all upset and we’d say sorry and promise the world.

She’d say, “You’ll be sorry when I’m gone, then we’ll see how much your smart arse attitudes help you.”

We never took her seriously; she was mum and always there.

Then one day she hit the edge.


Written for: https://carrotranch.com/2018/01/25/january-25-flash-fiction-challenge/

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29 Responses to January 25: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Edge

  1. susansleggs says:

    Too bad our expectation of Mum always being there can’t be true.

  2. Michael says:

    Should read mum is human….my finger strayed

  3. We think that of both of our parents, always there for us. Dad’s been gone almost 22 years, and I still hear him telling me stuff. Mum’s been gone just over a week, but through the grief, little snippets of happier times are creeping in, so I feel she is talking to me too.

  4. Very nicely written, you capture that up and down of life. Emotional. Thanks for sharing.

  5. floatinggold says:

    Such a bitter sweet piece. Touching… What is it with mothers and them saying this. I thought only mine did… But I say: “We loved you. We knew what you did for us. We were just human…”…

  6. As a mother of only two boys I can easily see how that could happen.

  7. Awwe, we’ve all been guilty like that I guess. Heart-breaking.

  8. Beautiful but so sad. I think all children are like you describe. You never think it is going to happen.

  9. Charli Mills says:

    It’s not easy being a mum to boys. And yet, no matter how much grief they give her, their grief when she’s gone is deep. A beautiful story of truth this week, Michael. So much summed up in your last sentence.

  10. I’m also the second of three sons, so I can relate.

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