Friday, February 23, 2018

Final Friday Fiction Blog Hop


Today we are participating in 

This month we decided to pick an oldie but goldie book for the challenge
Marley and Me 
by John Grogan
Just a short background. It was written in 2005.  I read this book during my lunch hour.
Sometimes in my office sometimes at one of my favorite cafes.  It of course is a true story
about life with a crazy yellow lab Marley.  YAM-Aunty post funny animal buttons and memes
on Wednesdays.  Recently she had one that read, 'live, like somebody left the gate open'.
That was how Marley lived....

page 87
line 8
They simply wandered, bumping our way along
line 12
If they saw an interesting lane, they turned
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As evening approached each day, we would begin looking for

Picture of Characters in today's story

And then there were two
It was the summer of 1958 she and her parents moved to a new city about 20  miles away.
Charley was the new kid on the block.  Living in a new city and about to start
a new school.  She didn't know anyone and felt lonely.
Little did she know living in the house next door there was another little girl feeling the same way.
As evening approached each day, Charley would sit on her porch to begin looking for friends. Lo and behold from the house next door out walks a little girl about her age with her dog.
She smiled and waved.
Charley and her new neighbor walked toward the edge of their yards.
She introduced herself.  Her name was Marne her dog, was Jeff.  Marne asked Charley if she would like to take a walk with them.  Charley's smile of acceptance was brighter than the morning sunshine. Early evening walks became a daily routine, If they saw an interesting lane, they turned.
Jeff was a bird dog by breed but in reality he was simply a beloved family pet.
This was the beginning of a lovely friendship.  Marne and Charley did so many things together that first summer. They actually made 'pretend' phones with orange juice cans connected by a string long enough that it reached between their homes. Charley and Marne spent every waking minute together and often had supper at one another's homes.  Marne and her family had lots of interesting customs and traditions and often served unusual food.  One night after a delicious supper outside, Marne's dad came out with a bowl of bananas.  Charley was amazed and delighted when he asked if she would like a  grilled banana.  It was delicious and fun.  For the longest time
Charley wondered why there were so many matches in their house. No one smoked.
Finally she asked Marne.  Seems Jeff inhaled his food which resulted in lots of tummy distress.
Marne's parents would like a match when Jeff had gas.
 It didn't matter what Charley and Marne did as long as they did it together.   They simply wandered, thru the summer days.  When Jeff was with them, he pulled and tugged on his leash and bumping our way along the roads and paths Charley, Marne and Jeff
enjoyed the summer of 1958 growing, learning, adapting and just being.

Word count: 391

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  1. Lovely story. What could be better than a friend with a smile brighter than the morning sunshine?
    Cheers! Gail.

  2. that is a wonderful story... the mama grinned because she had such a "phone" once too... made from shoepolish boxes (see she still had that shoe-thing from the begin lol)

  3. That sure sounds like such a great story. Those two gals sure had some good walks. You all have a super Friday.

  4. Hari OM
    OMC Madi... I LOVED this tale of times nostaligic and simpler and sweeter and filled with Love and friends... thank you so much for being part of the FFF crowd. We are small, but special!!! Hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. A great story. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. We are suppose to get a lot of rain. Sounds like a weekend of being in the house again.

    Happy weekend.

  6. wild clapping from here. this is a super duper story. can't go wrong with a bird dog named Jeff. i have tried this twice, i just can not write fiction. i can write about things that happen in a story way but not make it up in my head... i draw a total blank

  7. That was a darn good story sweet Madi!

  8. That was fun :) You are a good writer Madi.

  9. What a wonderful story today...and teeheehee, Mama had totally forgotten about how some people would light matches in the bathroom when she was little...and she always wondered why!
    Rosy, Arty & Jakey

  10. What a wonderful story!!! Everyone should be so lucky to have a friend like Charley or Marne AND a great dog too.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  11. Great story! SHE had a friend who had matches all over because of her HUSBAND! MOL!

  12. I saw the movie Marley & Me years ago (but never read the book) LOVED the movie!

  13. A wonderful story of friendship!
    Hazel & Mabel

  14. madi..if ewe N raz haz come bak frum madi's eye land N yur reedin thiz...we wanted ta say ...awesum storee !! ☺☺♥♥

  15. Wow. I'm really bad with opened ended things like that. It's a miracle I get a post up twice a week!

  16. That is a lovely story to bring back memories of years gone by.

  17. We really enjoyed this story, Madi. Jeff is a fun dog.


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