Sunday Photo Fiction





I bet you don’t get many letters from teenagers. Actually, I feel a bit silly writing this. If my mates find out about it they’ll tease me rotten. I mean, writing to someone who doesn’t exist? But I see it like this. At church, I like pray to a god I’ve never seen. If he’s real then why not you?

I need a favour. Daddy’s away. Not ordinary away, he’s a soldier in Afghanistan. I miss him sooooo much. It’s like so unfair he’ll be there at Christmas. He said don’t worry, they’ll have turkey and stuff and they decorate their cafe.  So I thought it would be wicked if you could give him a present instead of me. It’s very cold there so a woolly hat would be nice.

Please say you will.

I’m sorry about that smudge. I try not to cry when I think about Daddy, but a tear just dripped on the paper and it made a mess where I tried to wipe it. I should start again, but if I don’t send you this, I’ll think the whole thing’s stupid and I won’t write another one. I’m going to post it now.  I don’t think I need a stamp.






Happy Christmas Susan, and thanks so much for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction. and providing this week’s picture. 


24 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Iain Kelly Dec 23, 2018 / 11:30

    Here’s hoping her wish comes true, or better yet, her father is home for next Christmas.

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  2. Piyali Dec 23, 2018 / 12:37

    Another sad tale…but heartwarming nevertheless! I loved it.

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  3. Natasha Dec 23, 2018 / 13:04

    Awwwww this tugs the heart and like how. So poignant.

    Now I’m tempted to write a letter based piece, Keith. Used to love writing letters as a child. Wonder why that beautiful art got lost to smart phones and emails. Sigh!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 23, 2018 / 13:12

      Thank goodness Father Christmas doesn’t use a smartphone, otherwise, this would have been written in ‘txt spk’…lol!

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      • Natasha Dec 24, 2018 / 02:34

        Thank goodness for small mercies 😄

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  4. ceayr Dec 23, 2018 / 13:26

    Clever way to get your message across, Keith.
    As Johnny asked ‘…and what have we done…

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  5. Fandango Dec 23, 2018 / 16:13

    If only her letter to Santa worked. Nice, warm-hearted tale.


  6. James Dec 23, 2018 / 19:09

    There’s actually a small town here in Idaho called “North Pole,” and every year around Christmas, they get a lot of letters from kids. Parents can even arrange ahead of time for “Santa” to write to their children. The post mark on the letter will even say “North Pole.”

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  7. anuragbakhshi Dec 24, 2018 / 03:46

    Awwwwwwwww….A very mushy…I mean Merry Christmas to you and your family Keith. Have boatloads of fun 🙂


  8. Abhijit Ray Dec 24, 2018 / 05:54

    Touching story from a girl whose father is fighting in a distant land. I hope Santa listens to her.

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  9. Mike Dec 24, 2018 / 17:48

    Those are the best Christmas letters. A great story, hope you have a fine Christmas

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