Flash Fiction #142

Walk The Walk

PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Potter


Bobby liked his father as a child. He loved his Dad, as a young boy could.  He spent a lot of time with him over the years – rather, his Dad spent a lot of time with him.

He never idolized his Dad, never thought of him like Ward Cleaver, or Father Knows Best. He was just always there, an ordinary, work-a-day kind of guy.

Now that he was grown, and had a wife and children of his own, he saw the many things, great and small, that his father had quietly, competently done.

He had some big shoes to fill.


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19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #142

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    I hope this is how my kids see me in the future. Touching story.


  2. Dear Archon,

    Simple and well told.




    • Archon's Den says:

      Thanx Rochelle. Quid Pro Quo. I just came off a week of being ghastly ill, and the one at home did a lot of nursing….’course I passed it on to him, and now I’m nursing, and he’s cursing. 😳


  3. What a lovely relationship they had. A delightful tale.

    Click to read my FriFic!


  4. Dale says:

    That was beautifully written…. you old softie, you!
    It’s a lovely realization he had…


  5. Great story. We absorb so much from our parents.


    • Archon's Den says:

      We do indeed. While this was modeled on my supportive family, I feel so bad about what the poor wife picked up from her group of abusive, judgemental, emotional ghouls. 😦 😳


      • I’m afraid too many people have lost all sense of good parenting skills. On the other hand, though, fathers are expected to have a closer relationship with their children in our society than the role they were forced to play in years gone by—if you read old English novels. 🙂


      • Archon's Den says:

        Times, and social expectations, change. I do watch a bit of period British ‘telly’ but the wife and son both read the historical romances. 🙂


  6. Liz Young says:

    Lovely. I guess you liked your own father.


    • Archon's Den says:

      He didn’t teach me carpentry or wiring, but to go out each weeknight and hang around a poolroom. Still, he did give me a lot of time and attention. Yeah, I liked him, and still miss him. 🙂


  7. granonine says:

    I don’t know if any father realizes how important he is in the lives of his children. This is very sweet.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I hope that my Father did before he passed on. I do because of things like a custom-made birthday card, recently received from the daughter, listing many of the things I do for her. It was especially sweet, and may have been part of the unconscious inspiration for this post. 😀

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