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Jenny Was Going Home After Spending Her First Six Years in an Orphanage- Flash Fiction

I love to write flash fiction, using a moral standard to not pass judgement until you look deeper inside.

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Jenny often wondered about the lady who lived across the street.

Jenny lived in an orphanage. She was left there when she was a newborn. Her mother was unmarried and only seventeen.

Jenny was a happy child. The nuns were good to her, and she knew she was loved.

It was summertime and the children were allowed to play outside, They had a merry-go-round and swings to play on.

She'd been seeing a lady across the street everyday for at least a month. The lady was beautiful with long blond hair. Jenny wondered if she lived close by, or maybe she lived in the white house across the street?

One day Jenny waved at her, and she came over to the play-yard and said," Hi, how old are you?" Jenny told her that she was six, then asked her what her name was." My name is Alice and I live across the street." She told her that she liked to watch her play. Jenny noticed her hair and remarked " You have the same color as me. " Alice told her that she'd just completed a course in medical records and was starting her new job tomorrow at St Johns hospital just up the street.

She told Jenny that she must be going, but she would be back to visit every chance she got,

Jenny ran up to her and gave her a big hug, She noticed Alice had tears in her eyes, and asked, " What is the matter? " Alice said, " Oh, I'm just emotional that's all. Bye for now. " Jenny really liked her and wondered why she got emotional.

The summer passed. Alice came to visit often. It was December and just a few days before Christmas Alice came over and asked the nuns if Jenny could go caroling with her and her boyfriend Skyler. The nuns quickly said, " Yes " Jenny was so happy. They went all over the neighborhood singing beloved Christmas carols.

Alice asked Jenny if she would like to meet her mother and father, of course she wanted to meet them.

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When they arrived at Alice's parents home, her mother ran out to meet them. She wrapped Jenny in her arm's and said, " It is so good to finally meet you. "

They had a special meal prepared, then they all started looking at albums. One picture stood out to Jenny, it was Alice when she was six years old, Jenny noticed the resemblance and remarked, " You look like me. " Alice's mother spoke up saying, " I don't know where to start, but start I must."

She had Jenny come sit on her lap and told her the truth, hoping and praying she would understand and forgive them.

She told her that Alice was her mother, she and her husband Harry were her grandparents and Jenny's boyfriend Skyler was her father.

She continued to try to explain why this happened, She told her that Alice was only seventeen and I couldn't imagine her raising a child, and I was so selfish that I didn't want the responsibility either.

Tears were rolling down her face. Jenny looked around and noticed that Alice and Harry were wiping tears also. Jenny ran to her mother Alice and said " I forgive you mama, please don't cry. " About that time Skyler came from the hallway and introduced himself as her father.

They practically ran back to the orphanage, When they attempted to tell their story to the nuns, they said, " Hush, we already knew, now let's get busy packing ! "

Comments

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 11, 2020:

Hello Peggy. I like happy endings too. So glad you liked my story. Thank you...

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 10, 2020:

Ah...I like good endings to stories, and this fit the bill perfectly.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 15, 2019:

Hello Lora, nice to meet you. Thank you for the follow. I just read, A Tribute To Nature and loved it. I am a lover of nature and poetry, so happy to follow you. I'm happy that you liked my story.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 15, 2019:

Hello Nithya, so happy you liked my story. Thank you.

Lora Hollings on December 15, 2019:

What a lovely story especially for this time of year! It is uplifting and reminds us all that it's never too late to give love and redeem ourselves.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 15, 2019:

A beautiful story with a happy ending, love your writings.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 14, 2019:

Chris, a comment like yours makes me a happy camper. I know you have always been helpful and I appreciate you. Thank you so much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 14, 2019:

Genna, I answered your comment, now it's gone. I told you that I missed you but understood you taking time off from HP. I am so glad you liked my story. I luv you too. Thank you.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on December 14, 2019:

Oh, geez, stop it Ruby. I can only cry so much in one day as a man. John already got to me, now you too. That is a sweet story with a totally unexpected ending. Please keep writing flash fiction. If you have any questions or desire any help, please ask. Otherwise, I am content to keep watching you grow as a writer.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 14, 2019:

Hello MG Singh. Glad you found this tale interesting. Thank you.

Genna East on December 14, 2019:

Ohhhh...this beautiful tale brought tears. Thanks so much for the happy ending, Ruby! And so beautifully written. With the holidays upon us, the meaning of this flash fiction short is even more significant and eloquent. Luv you -- hugs.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 14, 2019:

A lovely tale. Both interesting an engrossing.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2019:

Thank you William for your complimentary words, So happy you liked my story.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on December 10, 2019:

So touching, Ruby. You have a way of putting these things together. Good job, as always.

Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido from Philippines on December 10, 2019:

Yeah ms Ruby, I am new here and exploring still. I am glad I stumbled upon your article.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2019:

Hello Crezyl. I don't think we've met before. Happy to meet you and happy you liked my story. Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2019:

Hello Shauna. So glad you thought my story was endearing. Thank you so much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2019:

Thank you Nell. Happy you liked my happy ending.

Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido from Philippines on December 10, 2019:

I enjoyed reading your story ❤ a love for this!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 09, 2019:

Hello Audrey. I rally enjoyed writing this story, so glad you liked it. Thank you.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 09, 2019:

I love a happy ending, Ruby. This is a very endearing story.

Nell Rose from England on December 09, 2019:

Ah such a lovely story! I am so glad there was a happy ending!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 08, 2019:

Such a sweet story, Ruby. I always look forward to your flash fiction andI really like this one. I'm ready for the next one!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2019:

Hello Devika. Thank you. I hope you write that story of your uncle's adoption.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2019:

Hello Mar. It is so good to see you. Thank you for the sweet words. So happy you liked my story. Hugs..

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 08, 2019:

Hi Ruby this story gives an amazing feel to the Christmas spirit. My uncle adopted his son and that is a different story to tell.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 07, 2019:

A realistic scenario penned in a hopeful and heartwarming manner, sweet Ruby.

This is indeed a wonderful holiday story. Love you and hugs, mar

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 07, 2019:

Hello John. So happy that you liked my story. Thank you for encouraging comments.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 07, 2019:

Hello Clive, yep, she got her mommy and pappy back. Woopie!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 07, 2019:

Hello Eric. Somehow I missed knowing you were adopted. I hope you will write about it. Thank you for the wonderfully written comment.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2019:

What a lovely, feel good story, Ruby. A great lead up to Christmas. Good work my friend.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on December 06, 2019:

Great happy ending. She got her mommy and pappy back.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 06, 2019:

Hello Manatita, I thought it would make a nice Christmas story. So happy you came by Ruby's place. Peace...

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 06, 2019:

I have no point of reference for this, being early adopted and told so.I just cannot imagine I think your story brings light and is wonderfully written.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 06, 2019:

Hello Pamela, glad you liked my story. Thank you.

manatita44 from london on December 06, 2019:

Sweet and surreal at the same time, Ruby. Nice one!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 06, 2019:

This is a nice story with a wonderful happy ending. i really liked it.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 06, 2019:

Bill I thought about you when I wrote this. Your parents were special, adopting a blind child. You are so blessed. Happy you liked my story. Thank you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 06, 2019:

Any story about an orphanage with a happy ending is a good story for this foster kid. Loved, it, Ruby!