#100WCGU – Wk117 – Prompt: …tea, coffee, hot chocolate or… – 105 words – “Ear”

14 Jan

…tea, coffee, hot chocolate or…” words so often heard in my small café.

For some, it’s an excuse to take a break and think their thoughts. For others, talking with friends. Some want nothing more than a sympathetic ear. So it seemed with my regular morning customer, one coffee and a friendly ear.

Harry had lost his wife and missed their mornings’ coffees together. With his coffee, he shared his life, his children and grandchildren.

In time, he joined his wife. I missed our conversations.

Each morning, I placed a coffee on the counter with a small sign, “For Harry and the life he shared.”

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18 responses to “#100WCGU – Wk117 – Prompt: …tea, coffee, hot chocolate or… – 105 words – “Ear”

  1. lea

    January 14, 2014 at 12:06

    Poor Harry!! What a bittersweet story.

    • Ross Mannell

      January 31, 2014 at 07:01

      Thanks for the comment.I’ve known a “Harry”.

  2. Delft

    January 15, 2014 at 00:02

    I like how undramatically you tell the story. Makes it very real, and touching.

    • Ross Mannell

      January 31, 2014 at 07:00

      Thanks for the comment. I thought a low key approach suited the story.

  3. Laura Alonso

    January 16, 2014 at 03:14

    Awwww, that’s cute. It’s great that in the time it takes to have a coffee every day so much of life can be shared.

    • Ross Mannell

      January 31, 2014 at 07:07

      Thanks for the comment. Many lives have been shared over simple tasks.

  4. lisaslife1970

    January 17, 2014 at 06:05

    Lovely writing 🙂

  5. Rachael 'Honest' Blair

    January 17, 2014 at 10:06

    A lovely story, beautifully told. Although it’s sad, I just felt the love from the cafe owner for Harry and was curious to know more about him. Coffee can be so much more than just a drink, can’t it?

    • Ross Mannell

      January 31, 2014 at 07:09

      Thanks for the comment. A cup of coffee, a cup of tea, or a cool drink on a hot day is always a good time to share a life.

  6. b00kreader

    January 17, 2014 at 13:37

    This story tore at my heart. Beautifully written.

    • Ross Mannell

      January 31, 2014 at 07:10

      Thanks for the comment. I think many of us would know a “Harry” of “Harriet”.

  7. Lucid Gypsy

    January 18, 2014 at 21:13

    Very touching and I can see him clearly.

    • Ross Mannell

      January 31, 2014 at 07:11

      Thanks for the comment. I try to picture characters when writing. It helps add a more personal touch to them.

  8. nicolejessome1

    January 19, 2014 at 08:06

    Reblogged this on Treadmill Diaries.

  9. Sal

    April 26, 2015 at 14:01

    Very good blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go
    for a paid option? There are so many choices
    out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any ideas?

    • Ross Mannell

      April 26, 2015 at 23:10

      Hi Sal,

      I use a few blog sources for my blogs but do like those powered by WordPress. The free platform is quite capable but I do pay premium for some of my blogs where I want more features or capabilities although this blog isn’t a premium. I’d suggest trying it out and seeing how it goes.



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