A 100 Word Story

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Gerald was a master carpenter, his wife Mildred produced intricate embroidery. For sixty years they worked side by side in their workshop, creating works of art to order.

When their once strong and nimble fingers weakened it was time to retire, but not before they made something special for themselves. And so it was, they crafted two each of their most elaborate pieces ever. Soon after they passed away, within days of each other.


Two magnificent oak coffins, each bearing a beautiful silk blanket sat side by side in the chapel. Little Molly stood between them, lifted a violin to her shoulder and softly played her grandparent’s favourite song…


 If I were a carpenter…



Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and also providing this week’s picture.


104 thoughts on “A 100 Word Story

  1. Iain Kelly Jan 31, 2018 / 11:05

    Touching and a fitting end. Nice complete story Keith.


  2. rochellewisoff Jan 31, 2018 / 11:20

    Dear Keith,

    I can just hear little Molly playing the song on her violin. Very sweet story.




  3. Moon Jan 31, 2018 / 12:02

    Such a touching and beautiful story, Keith. Loved it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. The Urban Spaceman Jan 31, 2018 / 13:52

    Beautiful idea! It’s both sad and poignant that their final project together was to create their resting places.


  5. pennygadd51 Jan 31, 2018 / 14:39

    Lucky couple! Spared long enough to complete their work, and then passing away almost simultaneously. You can’t do better than that.
    Nicely written, Keith.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. michael1148humphris Jan 31, 2018 / 15:24

    Sounds like they had a good family business.


  7. Dale Jan 31, 2018 / 18:32

    Who would think that planning for your death would turn into such a sweet and compelling story. True love.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Dawn M. Miller Jan 31, 2018 / 23:46

    Awww…that is so lovely, and now I have that song in my head.


  9. draliman Feb 1, 2018 / 10:15

    A story of a well-lived life. Quite sweet.


  10. spicedmullings Feb 1, 2018 / 18:14

    Wow! That’s so sweetly awesome! Reminds me of the story: The Shoemaker and the Elves!💐💐💐

    Liked by 1 person

  11. EagleAye Feb 1, 2018 / 19:19

    Lovely story. Now that’s how to live a good life.


  12. jillyfunnell Feb 1, 2018 / 19:41

    What a lovely story. Very vivid. I like the way you bring in the violin lifted to Molly’s shoulder.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Feb 1, 2018 / 20:25

    I really love this… actually reminds me a bit of my wife’s uncle who bought himself a wrought iron cross that was supposed for his grave and put in his garden…

    “I really want to enjoy the cross while I can”

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Rowena Feb 2, 2018 / 09:33

    What a beautiful story, Keith. I really loved it. Very touching.
    xx Rowena

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Norma Feb 2, 2018 / 15:41

    Awww! what a sweet and sad story. But at least they both didn’t live alone for too long. They might be somewhere together.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. rgayer55 Feb 2, 2018 / 15:56

    What a beautiful story. We had a similar incident happen here recently. A western writer, Dusty Richards and wife, Pat, died within a week of each other. A couple of months before, she had predicted that she and Dusty would both die at the same time in a car accident–which is exactly what killed them. The closing song at Dusty’s funeral was “Together Again” by Buck Owens. It was very fitting.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. plaridel Feb 2, 2018 / 21:31

    i think they deserve to have their cake and it, too, in the end. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. wildchild47 Feb 2, 2018 / 22:49

    There is a lovely “old world feeling” to this – with a wonderfully inspired idea of “one final act” – but for each other. And you’ve written it elegantly, sensitively, without it falling into sloppy sentiment. Definitely a very subtle touch, introducing the granddaughter and violin. This is a great story to read and savour.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 3, 2018 / 01:13

      Wow, I’m lost for words – and that’s unusual! Thank you so so much for your encouraging comment. Until you read readers thoughts you can’t be certain that your piece has come across in the way intended. On this occasion, it seems that my mission was accomplished!


      • wildchild47 Feb 3, 2018 / 16:45

        my pleasure to read and share my thoughts Keith 🙂

        hope you have a wonderful weekend

        Liked by 1 person

  19. Fatima Fakier Feb 3, 2018 / 09:18

    This definitely wasn’t over sentimental or sloppy, Keith! It’s as well crafted as those two coffins. From this glimpse we see their entire life together working side-by-side through life’s curveballs, and then moving on together too. Inspirational relationship goals! Well written story 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 3, 2018 / 10:39

      Fatima, thanks so much for taking the time to read my piece and leave such a complimentary comment. It makes it all worthwhile!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 3, 2018 / 19:25

      Wow, what can I say? Thank you so very much for your kind words – every one!


  20. Jan Vanek Feb 4, 2018 / 14:15

    Keith, in so few words, you told us a long and beautiful love story. The song’s title was the perfect cap!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. ahtdoucette Feb 4, 2018 / 16:27

    Oh my gosh what a beautiful sad story! Really well told. I felt like I was being pulled on a thread to the end you kind of saw coming but when I got there it was so powerful with the song. Very moving.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 4, 2018 / 23:19

      Your kind words make writing it all the more worthwhile. Thank you so very much.


  22. prior.. Feb 5, 2018 / 07:10

    sad and lovely at the same time…
    I do not know that song – is it a real song? going to see…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 5, 2018 / 10:25

      It certainly is – made famous in 1967 by Bobby Darin who died age just 37. Thanks for you visit Prior

      Liked by 1 person

      • prior.. Feb 5, 2018 / 21:38

        sad- 37 is so young
        well it felt old when i was a teen – but you know how it is when we age…
        the 30s are still youngen years
        i will check out the song

        Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 6, 2018 / 09:33

      Not many are that fortunate I fear. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment Soumya


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