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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Flash 55 - Family Secrets

Horrified to learn his great grandmother had spent most of her life enslaved, he cursed and judged the man who’d been her Master. Later, he discovered his family on his father’s side had been slave traders. Not only was he shocked by his family history but how quickly he’d judged his own flesh and blood.


Inspired by a true story from  the TV Show Who Do You Think You Are?



Flash Fiction - Each Friday, I compose a short story of 55 words - no more, no less. If you would like to join in the fun and games... post your story and report to the boss G-Man. If you're not interested in contributing a story, feel free to read the other entries. I'm sure any comments you have would be appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend all.
Love KB
xxx

37 comments:

PattiKen said...

The part of that story I find worrisome is the judgment. We all came from some bit of our country's history. It's what we do with our own lives that counts. We are making tomorrow's history.

KB said...

Patti - Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it can be really difficult to not judge people but really nobody can know what they would do in a situation unless they are in the same situation.

Jingle said...

tense,
there is so much tension in it,
well plotted 55.

KB said...

Thanks Jingle. Have a great weekend.

magiceye said...

judgements can be circumstantial..
well crafted 55er

KB said...

Thanks for stopping by.

Larry said...

sad so sad

Whitesnake said...

Amazing ain't it how quickly we are to throw the first stone...
Well done my love..xxx

Nessa said...

Very good story. I find myself very guilty of snap judgments. Not a good thing.

Me said...

Interesting story. The blend from both sides makes him what he is today, and what he does with that (plus the new knowledge of what came before) is the most important part. :)

Nice 55!
-C

Claudia said...

not easy to live with a certain background - but i think it's what we do with our lives is, what counts in the end

G-Man said...

Hi Karen...
You are never too late for G-Man.
You are one of my longest followers and friends, and I always love to see you and your sharp mind.
I see you've made some friends as well. All very talented folks I might add.
Loved your 55 My Dear.
Always insightful, always perfect.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Anonymous said...

One thing I tend to do is make snap judgemens myself. Sad but a great 55. Have a great weekend. :)

Brian Miller said...

oh now that is a wake up call indeed...and something we all easily fall into...nice 55!

Buzzard said...

It's amazing what we find when dig through old bones!

KB said...

Thanks all for stopping by for my late entry. I appreciate your comments as always x

anthonynorth said...

Nicely done. Condemnation rarely includes all the facts.

KB said...

Very true.

joanna said...

Your 55er is filled with age old wisdom , that each generation each person has to learn for themselves.

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged!"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged

Great 55er timeless.

Joanny

KB said...

Thank you so much.

clean and crazy said...

wow, i would like to read more, i love the rich history of this country, i do not like most of it, but it is so fascinating to know where we come from.

my grandmother traced our roots back to kind louie the 14th of france and my uncle found a family that we may be related to here in kansas, they were notorious serial killers!! talk about crazy...

KB said...

Wow, that's amazing. I'm looking forward to tracing my family tree in the near future.

Cheryl said...

We all come from a past we didn't create. Today is all we have to create something better.

KB said...

Very true.

Sheila said...

judge and be judged or something like that. thought-provoking 55!

KB said...

I think that's right.

Alice Audrey said...

Yep, it pays to hold off on forming an opinion until as many facts as possible are known.

KB said...

Good idea.

mrsnesbitt said...

Yes - a fascinating programme! This 55 just summed it up!

C.M. Jackson said...

KB--with knowledge we move forward--excellent 55 --written from the heart and with compassion-c

KB said...

Thanks so much,

Kavita said...

Sometimes it's really better to let those sleeping dogs lie.. the secrets of the past may unleash some unpleasantness one wouldn't want to face...
Cuz judgment is something we humans can do most easily (no matter how detrimental it can prove to be)

This was very well written and poignant 55!!
Kudos...

Lulda Casadaga said...

We are so quick to be judgemental...your 55 touches on a lesson for many of us to still learn! :/

KB said...

Thanks you two.

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Eaton Bennett aka Berenice Albrecht said...

Hi KB, hard to judge when we have never walked in someone's shoes. Selling one person to another, that's just wrong. Challenging 55! Thanks for stopping by my 55, good to be back. :))

KB said...

Welcome back :)

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