PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria


The delivery man stared at the patio set he’d put together as if daydreaming.

Lost in my own contemplations, I murmured, “Perfect.”

“Perfect for what?” he asked.

Embarrassed he’d heard my musings, I replied, “A tea party.”

He snickered. “A tea party, huh? Who you gonna invite?”

“My dad. To celebrate his 90th birthday.”

He nodded. “Yeah? That’s awesome.”

A warm breeze whispered through the leaves.

“When I was a little girl, he’d sit with me at make-believe tea parties and we’d talk and talk. What better way to celebrate than sitting here with him, even if it’s only make-believe.”


This story was prompted by a Facebook post I read yesterday:

Happiness is having your 84 year old Dad call and sing “Happy Birthday” to you. 

I count my blessings my dad is still with me, that he calls me every birthday, and if I’m lucky, he’ll strum “Happy birthday” on his banjo, too. Click HERE to hear him play. 🙂

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt. Thanks to Fatima Fakier Deria for your photo that inspired a variety of fantasies before I lighted on this one.

To read more stories in an online flash fiction anthology by Friday Fictioneer authors, click:

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45 Responses to Celebration

  1. Moon says:

    The last two lines made me happy and sad.
    Lovely story, Jan.

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  2. Dear Jan,

    It seems we both chose nostalgia this week. I love the banjo clip. Lovely piece all the way around.



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    • Jan Vanek says:

      Thank you, Rochelle. How could we not feel nostalgic when we looked at Fatima’s photo? I loved getting to know a bit about your Uncle Harold. Amazing how 100 words can share so much about a man, and about his influence that I believe will live through the generations.

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  3. Lovely story. You packed a lot into 100 words. Well done.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    A touching and sweet story Jan, nicely done.

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  5. trentpmcd says:

    Very sweet. One of my first thoughts was of a child’s imaginary tea party, but you took that idea to another level 🙂

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  6. Dale says:

    Such a touchingly beautiful tale, I think many of us would love to have our tea parties again…

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  7. jillyfunnell says:

    Lovely story – the make believe woven in so sweetly.

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  8. lisarey1990 says:

    A beautiful father and daughter story. Love it.

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  9. granonine says:

    Sweet. I miss my dad 🙂

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    • Jan Vanek says:

      Linda, I’m lucky to still have my dad, but as I age and he ages, I know the day will come when I’ll miss him, too. It’s what makes me appreciate the time I get to spend with him. ❤

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    What a delightful story you’ve written for us, Jan. Your twist is quite a big one, and yet you handle it with such delicacy and finesse. Lovely work!

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    • Jan Vanek says:

      Thank you for the wonderful compliment, Penny. Delicacy and finesse–it’s what this sometimes heavy-handed, lumbering writer strives for. 🙂 And it’s exactly why I love Friday Fictioneers–we don’t have enough words to be lumbering.

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  11. athling2001 says:

    What a beautiful story. I love it, particularly the ending. By the way, you probably don’t need the comma in the first sentence.

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  12. What a lovely story… my father would have hundred years old now… but I think he would come and rant about politics if he was still alive.

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    • Jan Vanek says:

      Thank you, Björn. I can imagine it’s impossible to believe your dad would be 100. I have to admit, if I came back, I’d probably rant about politics, too. 🙂


  13. That’s such a lovely bittersweet tale Jan, tugs the heart at so many places.

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  14. Dan Bohn says:

    A banjo playing dad. How cool is that? Tender story Jan.

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  15. James McEwan says:

    I gasped with delight, this is lovely.

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  16. A beautiful yet bittersweet story. Our loved ones live on in our memories of them. It’s important to celebrate them even when they are gone.

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  17. Dahlia says:

    A beautiful piece.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Beautiful story. I liked the positive spin on this one. Refreshing take on the prompt.


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