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He kissed me tenderly but clung on for a second too long. His eyes looked with suspicion, as a frown formed between his brows. I had to be firm in my resolve, and not back down. Blinking hard I reached out cold fingers and let them graze his cheek, my lips formed a believable smile as fleetingly his bottom lip quivered. With a straight back and a composed air I waved goodbye and watched him enter the beautiful modern building. Jack’s first day at nursery was the hardest. He beamed like a lighthouse when I arrived to collect him.

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That was my response to Charli’s prompt.

April 29, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “hit the road, Jack.” You can interpret the phrase any way you like — road trip, goodbye, or story. Go where the prompt leads!

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Play this it is the best way to know how she felt when he was gone.


Hit The Road Jack.

33 thoughts on “Hit The Road Jack.

  1. Aww…. this reminds me of Tommy’s first day! It seems like yesterday. 😌 Great take Ellen.
    I’ve always loved that song too!
    I haven’t done Charli’s prompt in ages. Roll on September so that I can get back into my writing routine!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment 🤗 I wonder if you felt like that Mum did and played the song at the bottom of the post until you got him home? Music can wake memories and whip us back to that time in a flash.

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  2. Ha! What a twist. Beautiful.
    I am in a preschool these days and we have a little jack who comes in readily but a couple hours in he’s looking out the window, muttering about Mommy and is quite ready to hit the road. Love your take.

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  3. Well, my mind was going in another direction while reading it, so you can imagine my surprise with where you took me.
    No, can’t read and listen to music at the time, yet I can write while listening to music.

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  4. I did listen to the song but couldn’t read the story at the same time! I enjoyed both 🙂 Love the story – reminds me of my son’s first day at school. He was nervous but brave and when I collected him he was very excited about being given pink custard 🙂

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    1. My worst nightmare … pink shiny custard. 😃 that first day is always bad for Mum’s, if the child gets scared or hurt you aren’t there for them, but it will forever set the tone for school and the memory … Mummy did not come to save me. 🙄

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