A lifetime to show…

C. Alicia Jamtaas

It’s that time again! Time to gather around the table and share some juicy tidbits of fiction with the folks of Friday Fictioneers, hosted by the lovely and talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. You can find other small tales of wonder, and danger at: rochellewisoff.com. Come on out and join us! This week’s photo is loaned to us by : Alica Jamtaas.

wc 100, title included…

A lifetime to show…

There wasn’t much left of our decade spent in the commonwealth. Just a few drawers of clothing, a rusty bicycle, and a few boxes of salvaged keepsakes. The storm that came through in the night took care of everything else. We clamored to the safety of the ridge while looking back to see all that we owned fighting for existence within the surging waters. A flood, small in the grand scheme, was biblical to our small community. Now, we spend our days combing the banks fifty miles downstream in hopes of finding even one precious memory.

Author: Bear

I'm a crazy old lady who likes to write, art, and create things.

36 thoughts on “A lifetime to show…”

    1. I know the year that my studio/shed decided to launch itself down the Ohio in a flood… It was hard, and meant some serious changes. Also a chance to reflect on what’s really important… and it isn’t material things.

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    1. Ach, gotta hate autocorrect. Fixed. It is difficult to see your “everything” floating down the river. A few years ago, I had bought a small unibuilt shed and placed it on a small piece of land down by the river… well above the 100yr flood stage lines. Still, that year we had those 100yr flooding scenarios. My unibuilt launched itself down the river never to be seen again… along with it a good portion of my memorabilia from childhood… it was so very hard, but after the grief… Gave me a chance to start over in more ways than I could have imagined would happen otherwise.


      1. didn’t want to “like” that. We’ve had our share of 100F+ days this year, too. Hopefully, it’s cooling down this week. It was 48F when I left home this morning.

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      2. Dry day today… think Ian scooped up all the rain and left this odd blue glow in the sky tainted by a yellow thing that I’m not quite sure if it’s real, a hallucination, or maybe an alien invasion…

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    1. I was caught in a flood in Pennsie back in the 90’s. I went for a Women’s Camp Retreat, set my tent up on a little hill… woke up on an island… rescue by our beloved National Guard, who actually managed to drop and fold my tent back into it’s original bag (a huge feat!). Will never forget that adventure. 🙂 ❤

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    1. I saw far too many lose much more than I did that year, and most recently in Sthrn Kentucky. Now, I’m watching as Ian strikes against Florida. Looking for the rainbow promise.


  1. We get used to flooding here in SE Qld. Our floods don’t wash away houses or belongings, but we got up to 6mtres a few months ago. The river spills over and everyone goes to have a look and take a photo. Your story is very relatable.

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    1. I’m guilty of doing the same… just hours before watching my little shed float away, I was on the bank taking pictures of things floating by…. never dreaming….


      1. I remember when we lived in Columbus, Ohio and everyone was making a big deal about the Scioto river freezing over. I didn’t get it. After all, the only rivers/creeks I’d seen always froze over in the winter. It was such a surprise to me to find out that they didn’t. I was out there as soon as it thawed to see it for myself. About like seeing flooding when you’re not used to it.


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