This story will disappear from this site very soon because it will be a part of my new book….Short Story Anthology Book 3 (RED WHEELBARROW). I wanted you to read it one last time. I like the characters and the story, and I hope you do as well. Terry.




“What do you do with yourself all day Jennifer?”

Now, there’s a question I’ve heard a few times over the last couple of years.

“Oh, you know. Keeping busy.”

The conversation continued as my friend tightened her grip on her husband.


Being a widow is a bit like being young and single. 

The other females either pity you, feel sorry for you or think you have designs on their man. 

Being single you appeared to be footloose and fancy free.

I’m a bit beyond my prime so I don’t think that the ‘cling tightly to my husband’ reaction had anything to do with that.

To some people, being a widow is seen as a type of disease. 

It might be catching; so better to keep your distance.

Of course this only exacerbates the loneliness.

“I’ve been helping out at the local Thrift Shop. Sorting through donations, that sort…

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    • Glad you enjoyed it. I reread it again the other day and thought that there are a lot of people who were not reading my stories a year ago, so it was worth revisiting. I’m not sure why, but I have a fondness for the character.


  1. One of the things I love about your stories, among many things, is that they have a clear and unique voice about them which marks them out as yours. If you have any marketing tips for another bloke who tries to get people to buy his book please let me know. I love the writing bit but the marketing is less enjoyable !

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    • Thank you Peter.
      I could not think of a nicer compliment.
      As for marketing…….. being an ‘indi’, I’m out here on my ‘Pat Malone’.
      I read an excellent book just recently, and it talks about winning one reader at a time. Win them, then feed them with constant content [you do this with your blog]. I worked out they you and I are going to have to live to be approximately 117 years old, and by that time we will have built a following [actually, I worked out that you will get there a few years before I do].
      The short answer is………. I don’t know. Back in the day we had ‘publishing companies’, who went out and found you an audience while you sat at home and wrote books……… does not seem to work like that anymore.
      One at a time, big guy. How could anyone who reads your stuff not fall in love?


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