The Life of a Seaman – FFfAW-Week of 10-13-2015

Providing our photo prompt this week is Sonya, author of the blog, “Only 100 Words.” Thank you Sonya!

Providing our photo prompt this week is Sonya, author of the blog, “Only 100 Words.” Thank you Sonya!

“One week from now and I’ll be home again,” mused Juan as he finished his work in the engine. It has been 5 months when he was last home. So he’d go home for a month or so, do some other training needed before he goes back to his ship. That has been his life since he was 20. He finished his Marine Engineering and has seen his promotion as the years went by. Now, he could say that he’s reached what he wanted to reach, being the Chief Engineer. But then, he also made a lot of sacrifices for his family, he misses them and they miss him terribly. The children are growing without his physical presence. They see each other 2 or 3 times a year, with just a month each time. Ah, such is the life of a seaman.

For: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers



  1. Priceless Joy · October 13, 2015

    This is true for many fathers as many choose to work far from home and can only come home a limited amount of time. Great story that explains the negative aspects of working so far away from home and how it effects the family. Very nicely done and thank you for your participation!

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  2. izzy-grabs-life · October 13, 2015

    This touched home for me, too, so I really enjoyed this piece in a bittersweet kind of way. And I’m sure others can agree. Thanks for sharing your honest and heartfelt take on the prompt.

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  3. Deborah Drucker · October 13, 2015

    This was a very nice story about the life of a seaman.

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  4. J.A. Prentice · October 14, 2015

    Poor Juan. I imagine that sort of life must be very hard.

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  5. Sally Stackhouse · October 14, 2015

    I can relate to this as my father was in the Royal Navy and away for a lot of my younger years. Nicely told from the father’s point of view.

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  6. mandibelle16 · October 14, 2015

    Great story. Well written but sad for a guy who had to choose his career over his family to provide for them.

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  7. luckyjc007 · October 16, 2015

    It’s really sad that one parent misses out on so much of their children’s young life, but you do what you have to do sometimes. Not everyone can have a 8 to 5 job and go home every night. Thanks for sharing.

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    • ladyleemanilasphotos · October 16, 2015

      thanks 🙂 and in this case, he tried to have a job on land, but it wasn’t the same for him. He prefers the sea!


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