Friday Fictioneer 10 31

Some saw a table for two or three, hosting an impromptu lunch on a sunny day.

Others saw a much-needed break in the daily routine… fresh air, laughter, conversations with friends and coworkers.

Charles saw none of that.  

He saw perspiration and aching shoulders. He smelled the odor of ammonia and felt water sloshing against his legs as he shuffled around the building.  He saw the indifference in the eyes of others as they passed by without noticing. He saw the loneliness of his life reflected back at him.  

“Hey buddy!  You missed a spot!”

Charles cynically continued his work.   


This week’s photo for Friday Fictioneer is provided by Melanie Greenwood.

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Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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20 Responses to Struggles

  1. Ruth, It’s a shame that the only times we notice the employees like Charles is when they miss something. They seem to melt into the background for some. I wonder if he’ll ever be able to afford retirement. He sounds like he’s nearing it. Well written. — Susan


  2. hafong says:

    Poor Charles! I hope he gets a break soon.



  3. Dear Ruth,

    It’s in the eye of the beholder. You made me ache for Charles. Well done.



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  4. 40something says:

    I liked how you showed us Charles’ perspective. I find it fascinating how each person sees the same through their own unique lens. Thank you for sharing 🙂


  5. Margaret says:

    Beautifully told. Charles really needs a holiday – or a change of job. I wonder if he eats in cafes on his days off.


  6. It’s all about perspective.


  7. LB says:

    What do I think? you’ve made me think about those who we might overlook everyday. Great job


  8. Sandra says:

    Interesting take. Well done.


  9. I like the idea of this (and the execution). So easy to overlook the people who provide for us, whether it is clean spaces or anything else that makes our world work.


  10. storydivamg says:

    I like the way you use the idea of what people see the way we Friday Fictioneers do each week. Poignant ending.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  11. Interesting give and take in this. Places that some people look forward to are merely work for another. Nicely done.


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