Friday Fictioneers: Only This Golden Moment Matters

I have been absent, and missing my Friday Fictioneer friends! However, it has been a very hectic few weeks: traveling to NYC, visiting friends and family on Cape Cod and in Boston and then getting to Israel. It’s VERY hot in Tel Aviv, and we are still waiting for a baby. I reassure my daughter that babies come when they’re good and ready… preparation for all the years when our kids determine so many other things, but she is tired of waiting. Alas. So I saw this beautiful prompt and have grabbed a few minutes to write. Thank goodness the inspiration came instantly.

Friday Fictioneers is a wonderfully eclectic group of writers from all over the world, who write a story, 100 words or less, in response to a weekly prompt. Please visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog Addicted to Purple, to learn more. Join us or just enjoy the other stories! As always I welcome honest, constructive feedback is welcome. Please leave a comment.

© G. L. MacMillan

© G. L. MacMillan

Only This Golden Moment Matters

As he swirls the amber liquid in the glass, Gerry’s thoughts wander.

He hasn’t seen his ex-wife and kids in three years. There was a time when that would have mattered.

His daughter is getting married, he heard, but Gerry knows she won’t ask him to walk her down the aisle. His son has joined the marines; he salutes others, not his father. Any love that Mary Alice once felt for him is dead, like their marriage.

It all mattered once. Not now. This golden glass, this buzz, the warm feeling in his legs–– that’s all that matters now.

(99 words)

*dedicated to all of the families who struggle with addiction, alcoholism, and loss. 

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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48 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: Only This Golden Moment Matters

  1. MrBinks says:

    Really well told, thanks for sharing it with us.


  2. Melanie says:

    It’s so sad when priorities shift this way. Well told story of an all-too-common abandonment.


  3. mamaheidi60 says:

    Good writing, no surprise! Leaves me wanting more!


  4. Many, many people turn to the bottle for comfort when in pain or if there is loss.
    You’ve portrayed the addiction of alcohol very well. I agree with ‘mamheid’ it leaves me longing to know more, DQL. Great story …!!! ______ Isadora 😎


  5. ansumani says:

    What a sad tale! Nice portrayal of an alcoholic.


  6. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Dawn, Such a true story. Alcohol can ruin family unity. So true! Nan


  7. jgroeber says:

    I thought sure it would be the apothecary, the pregnant woman having drunk every drop of the elixirs, from garlic to lavender and anise, just to make the baby arrive! Ha! Soon enough. Hope you’re journaling every minute of this glorious in-between. (Great post, too BTW.)

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  8. Very poignant! I hope the baby comes soon!


  9. A sad tale too often reenacted. Well told, Stay as cool as you can! Alicia


  10. Dear Dawn,

    While I feel for the father in your story I can’t help thinking there’s ‘you reap what you sow’ factor.

    Brachot as you await the new little one.



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    • Thanks so much, Rochelle. I have a lot of mixed feelings on the subject, but this character wasn’t intended to be a sympathetic one. No doubt, many readers would have differing take aways–– it’s such a personal issue. I always appreciate your feedback; thanks!

      And yes… the waiting… xox


  11. storydivamg says:

    So sad but so well-written. I’m glad you found inspiration and the time to post this.

    Take care!

    Love and hugs for you, the soon-to-be-momma, and baby too,

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  12. Addiction in some form has touched us all. It’s a fight until the end, or a surrender and all is lost.
    Well done!


  13. Yes, I have known people with priorities like this. I find it so hard to understand.


  14. Sandra says:

    Beautifully and dispassionately narrated. Well done, and hope all goes well.


  15. rgayer55 says:

    I think we all know a Gerry or two. It’s sad when alcohol or something else comes between a man (or woman) and their family.
    On a happier note, looking forward to seeing a photo of the new grand baby.

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  16. ceayr says:

    Powerful stuff, Dawn, and I don’t mean the whisky.
    Superb snapshot of a lost life.


  17. Honie Briggs says:

    The summer my son was born my dad came to visit. It was hot and I was miserable. My dad constantly asked, “When are you gonna have this baby?” He stayed as long as he could, but work wouldn’t wait, and he left, The next day I went into labor. All these years later I remember it as if it were yesterday. All the best to you and your family for a safe and speedy delivery!
    Your story hits home for many people, I’m sure. It certainly does for me. Giving up is too often an option for people we love, and it is as hard to be on either side of the struggle.

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  18. A very sad tale, and well told. Perceptions of what matters can easily become skewed by events or by illness. Rectifying it is not so easy


  19. micklively says:

    Addiction and the devil within. How many families carry that burden?
    Good piece.


  20. gahlearner says:

    Such a sad story, and so true. Addiction is such a vicious circle. Good luck with your daughter’s baby!


  21. subroto says:

    A sad story unfortunately too often true. Nicely done.


  22. Really sad, Dawn. There was alcoholism among some of my relatives (not my parents) and I know some of the problems it can cause. Well written as always.

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