Sunday Photo Fiction: Life’s Perspective

It had been a bad few years. The fairytale marriage was a myth. His perfect boss had 105-05-may-17th-2015retired, only to be replaced with an overbearing, juvenile manager.

As he sat at his home office desk, his eyes fell upon a toy ice cream truck that his grandfather had given him when he was seven years old.

Granddad’s voice came back to him. “Life is too short to be miserable, Arty my boy. Never settle for misery. You only get one life. Enjoy it.”

Author stood, grabbed an overnight bag, checked to see that it had the necessities, toothbrush, toothpaste, and shaving equipment.

He added the ice cream truck, and without telling anyone, he took a taxi to the airport, walked up to the counter and asked, “Where is the next plane headed?”

She gave him a strange look and said, “Tahiti.”


Six months later, Arty returned home.

His wife had divorced him, and he’d lost his job. He was behind on the mortgage. He’d lived off his credit cards and now had huge credit debt. It would take years to clear the bills.

Ah, but he had a much better perspective on life.

His grandfather would be proud.

 The End


This photo prompt was inspired by Sunday Photo Fiction. Every week on a Sunday, a new photo is used as a prompt for Flash Fiction challenge using around 200 words based on that image.

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