Friday Fictioneers : The bright and shining days

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll


 

Whole village would go up to the big house each Christmas. Mr Gregory would bundle the kiddies in the haycart, the adults following on behind in best suits and hats, all brushed and buffed. There’d be plenty to eat, hams and cakes and the like, beer for the men and port wine for the ladies. Proper bright and shining days.

Then war broke. And there were no men to drink the beer. Poor Mr Gregory passed on the first day of the Somme, both his boys too, though one was underage.

Oh for those bright and shining days back.

 


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers. See the prompt photo and tell a tale. Visit here to join in and to read the other stories.

 

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39 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers : The bright and shining days

    1. Thank you Iain. So many communities had there hearts torn out by the Great War, partly due to the ‘Pals’ system of drafting men from the same areas and sending them to the same parts of the front. It meant villages could lose many of their men at the same battle. Thanks so much for reading and commenting

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    1. Thank you so much Rochelle. The impact of the Great War must have been so profound. The author Vera Brittain wrote of losing her fiance, two very close friends and her brother whilst she was volunteering as a nurse during the war. So many other people must have had similar experiences. It really must have felt as if an entire generation of young men were wiped out. Thanks so much for the lovely comment

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    1. That’s just so true of life in general, I think. We bumble along wanting more, wanting different, always looking for the next bright shiny bauble life has to offer, then the worst happens and those dissatisfied days become halcyon. Thank you Joy

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    1. Ah, thank you and thanks for spotting that. I felt that detail – aside from being historically accurate in so many cases – just added to the sense of loss. Can’t imagine a sixteen year old coping with trench war but tragically some did. Thanks so much for the kind comment

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    1. A very good point, Michael. Quite apart from the individuals who died and may have influenced society, there are the sheer numbers of people – how many people have not been born because of their deaths? Thanks for reading

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    1. Sadly, you’re quite right, Bjorn. A tale repeated all over the world. It must have been horrifying to live through such destruction on a Biblical scale. Thanks for reading

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