Frog Ditch

She was named Lillie, but everyone called her Lil.  Her bright blond hair and sharp blue eyes caught your attention as soon as you met.  She was feisty and fierce and a little bit mouthy, but I loved her for it.  She would say the things I wanted to say, but couldn’t.

On the day she disappeared, I didn’t think much of it.  She probably took off and didn’t tell anyone.  That’s just the way she was.  

So when they found her floating face down in Frog Ditch, I fell apart.  She was too tough to die. 

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photo credit: Erin Leary

Thanks to Rochelle and to Erin Leary for the photo. Read more stories at Friday Fictioneers. Here’s the link:


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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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23 Responses to Frog Ditch

  1. LB says:

    Ruth, you sure got us liking and then grieving for Lil … in just a few sentences


  2. erinleary says:

    Poor Lil! I liked her, too.


  3. I was ready for a more postive storyline at the end. I think the way this story ended gave a much more powerful impact to the reader. Nicely done …
    Isadora 😎


  4. gahlearner says:

    So sad. This is a great character and I’d like to read more about her.


  5. Dale says:

    The tough ones usually are way softer deep inside… A way too sad ending for such a girl.


  6. maria says:

    That’s tragic… Maybe she wasn’t too tough deep inside?


  7. Dear Ruth ,

    Beautifully constructed story. it’s not easy to create a three dimensional character the reader cares about in so few words. You’ve succeeded. 😉




  8. plaridel says:

    she must have found and kissed a frog and thought it would turn into a prince. unfortunately, it didn’t. 😦


  9. athling2001 says:

    Thanks for sharing. Nice story. Sad.


  10. I think she deserved a lot better… poor girl.. well described girl in just a few words.


  11. Sandra says:

    That’s such a shame – she sounded like a great character. Nicely done.


  12. Ah, what an ending for such a feisty girl…great story.


  13. you say so much in just a few words…writing is for you!

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  14. Margaret says:

    Oh that’s tragic. Poor Lil. I want to know what happened to her – I suspect she wasn’t as tough as everyone thought.


  15. Adam Ickes says:

    That last sentence is powerful. So much is said with those few words.


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