First Line Friday: December 31, 2021

Dylan Hughes is our host for the MLMM First Line Friday, and this is the last one for 2021.
Your line for this week is:

“No one DARE say this is going to be our year!”

“No one DARE say this is going to be our year. You say that every year, and nothing changes.”
‘Oh come on Mam, don’t be such a killjoy! It’s New Year’s Eve and this is supposed to be a party. Stop looking so glum and put a smile on your face…………. Please?’
‘What’s the point? It’s the same old faces getting older, the same old jokes getting less funny, and the same idiots getting drunk and making fools of themselves.’
‘Don’t you want to see your friends? Catch up and have a laugh?’
‘What? You must be kidding! They’re only here for the free booze and grub. They’re sycophants, the whole lot of them. I don’t want to know and that’s that!’
‘But Mam. We always toast in the New Year with friends and family…… ‘

Gloria sat in her chair by the window thinking about her friends and family. The parties were tiresome, but she’d give anything to be going to one tonight.
The virus had taken its toll on all of them one way or another.
The first year had seen nine of her friends pass and three of her family move away due to financial pressures and hardships. Zoom and Skype were all well and good if you understood technology, which she didn’t, and no-one was allowed to visit. She was confined to her home ‘shielding’ because of her age and health issues, and couldn’t even get out to shop. Her daughter got the basic provisions and left them on the door step, but it wasn’t the same as squeezing a loaf yourself or smelling the freshness of  fruit.
The second year had seen vaccinations and boosters, but little was changing and her words came back to bite her. At least this year the family could be together, and maybe the coming year could be ‘their year’. She certainly hoped so.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to First Line Friday: December 31, 2021

  1. Fireworks explode like aged pimples or youthful dreams.

  2. murisopsis says:

    So sad a tale! I hope 2022 is “the year”!

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