A writing prompt suggested by using a one line sentence by Jodah, AKA John Hansen.

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As Maureen watched Roy stack her wood, she felt a connection.

This is the sentence prompt given by Jodah, AKA John Hansen.

Maureen, 74, told of when back in 1952, she entertains a special young man, " Of course in those days, she said, " Buffet suppers were all the fashion. "

Maureen was busy washing dishes when she heard the familiar sound of the musical tone of her front doorbell ringing. Quickly drying her hands on her apron, she hurried to open the door and was quite surprised to see a young man, clad in dirty jeans and a jacket much too small for his muscular build. She surmised him being around eighteen years old, and he had the most beautiful sky blue eyes, but she noticed a look of sadness radiating from them. He shyly asked, " Do you have any kind of yard work or house work that you need done? "

Maureen felt an enhanced nudging to help this young man. She answered, " why yes I do, it won't be long before fall sets in and I have a rack of firewood just delivered that needs to be stacked, and by the way, what's your name son? " He told her his name was " Roy."

She watched him stack wood out of her kitchen window, then brewed a pot of coffee and put two homemade doughnuts on a tray. His eye's lit up when he saw the tray.After thanking her, he ate the doughnuts so fast she knew he was starving, prompting her to ask how long it had been since he'd eaten? He looked away visibly embarressed and muttered, " Nothing today Ma'am. "

It was close to five o'clock in the afternoon when she noticed all the wood was neatly stacked in a row. She went out to inquire how much she owed him, he said, " Whatever you think Maureen. "

Maureen was widowed at a young age, leaving her childless. Her husband had died in an automobile accident just two years after their marriage. He left her well cared for. He had fortunately purchased a good size life insurance policy. She never had the desire to meet anyone to take his place in her life.

She asked Roy, " Where do you live? " His reply surprised her. He told her that he'd grown up in an orphange and was just released a few days ago when he reached his eighteenth birthday.

Maureen lived in a beautiful home with an upstairs complete with a private bath. She thought, " Why not? " She asked him if he'd be interested in living with her, adding quickly, " You'll have your own quarters upstairs. She assured him she definitely needed help around the house, inside and outside.

He looked at her and saw tears in her eye's and he needed a place to live so badly. He'd been all over town looking for work, but couldn't find anything. He told her that he'd be grateful to stay and work for her, insisting on paying for his keep. She told him that she would pay him a weekly salary.

That was back in 1952. Many happy events took place over the years. Roy had met a special girl named Pat, they were married and were the proud parents of two adorable little girls, Sue and Kimmy. He'd bought and refurbished an old restaurant in town and business was thriving. Of course Maureen was seen nightly serving at the buffet table. Her life felt so complete. She felt like she'd had the son she always wanted, plus grandchildren and a sweet daughter-in-law.

When she looked at Roy her mind drifted back to the first day they met and how they both had developed and found profound happiness along the way. What more could anyone possibly want from her life of loneliness and his life of poverty, to a life of complete contentment? It was surely meant to be.


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

What a sweet and heartwarming story, Ruby...

...and some Joe Cocker music is icing on the cake.

Voted UP and UABI. Happy, peaceful new year... Love and hugs, mar


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. So good to see you. I'm glad you found this heartwarming. I loved writing it. I miss Joe already! Thank you dear one. Love and hugs galore. Peace my friend....


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hey Ruby, thank you for actually taking up this challenge. You did it in a different way but still used the sentence to create a short story, and a nice one at that. Well done. Voted up, and linked to my hub.


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

A beautiful message during this holiday season. You took the challenge head on, met it, and conquered it. Nicely done my friend.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

what a wonderful humbling story.. yeah I enjoyed the read hmm from a single sentence.. yeah brvo :)


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello John. I'm so glad you approve. It really was fun making up a story from a sentence. I hope it catches on and others will join in. Thank you for linking and your nice compliment...


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. Thank you so much. Your approval means a lot to me. I love trying new techniques, like writing from a one line sentence. Jodah was clever to think about doing it..Smiling my friend...


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. Thank you for your very enthusiastic comment, so glad you enjoyed. BTW, I'm ready for another dark challenge from you. Hint-Hint...


DJ Anderson 23 months ago

Great job, Ruby.

Girl, you are knocking these challenges out of the park!!

Way to go!!

DJ.


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Minnetonka Twin 23 months ago from Minnesota

You did a beautiful job on this prompt. I love stories with happy endings. Happy New Year Ruby :-)


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Hi Ruby,

You have produced such a heartwarming story from John's one sentence prompt. It would be much easier for me to do it as you have, writing from the entire sentence and going on from there, in lieu of using each word of the sentence individually to begin a new sentence. Oops, I think John's last name is spelled Hansen, but we all know to whom you are referring.

Beautiful storyline you have come up with here. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas with many continued blessings in the New Year.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DJ. I guess I need a challenge to get an idea. My muse is on vacation most of the time. Good to see you. Thank you for coming by....


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Linda. I've missed seeing you on HP, glad you're back. Thank's for coming by. Happy you enjoyed my story...


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Theresa. I liked the idea of incorporating the entire group of words into a story. It was fun to do. Oops, A typo again. Thank's for calling my attention to it. I had a great Christmas and I'm glad it's over. lol. Happy New Year. Thank you....


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hey Ruby, thanks for changing the spelling of my name...thanks Faith Reaper too for mentioning it.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

Beautiful story, Ruby. You bent the rules a little, but that's what writing's all about, isn't it?


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Eiddwen 23 months ago from Wales

Brilliant Ruby. I thoroughly enjoyed this gem.

Wishing you a great run up to the new year.

Eddy.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Sorry about misspelling your name John. Proof read-Proof read- Proofread....lol.


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby. This story has a nice Christmas feel to it. Glad these two lonely people ran into each other and made life all the richer for it. Happy New Years to you and yours.


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Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

Such a lovely story Ruby, and yes when people help each other marvelous things can happen, loved it!


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BlossomSB 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

What a delightful story. I'm a sucker for happy endings and this is beautiful, so satisfying.


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Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

What a wonderful, heart-warming story. You have demonstrated to us what it is to be good person, naturally, and without an ounce of pretense. This story reflects "Ruby." When I was reading it, I thought, "yes, there are good people in this world...this tale instills hope and inspiration." Perfect for this special season and always. Voted way up and shared.


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Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

I forgot to add that I looove the Joe Cocker song. :-)


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Dip Mtra 23 months ago from World Citizen

Hello Ruby,

I would have loved if the story would have gone a bit further. You were building a great story and I was looking forward to reading more.

Thanks,

Dipankar


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Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a great feel good story, I was sorry that it ended. Voted and I will share your post.


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tobusiness 23 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Touching and beautifully done. You took the baton and ran all the way home, a great response to John's challenge. I'd love to have a go, but I'm back to work tomorrow, still, we'll see. :)

Happy New Year to you.


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dahoglund 23 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Interesting challenge with a creative response. Good story! sharing.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eddy, so glad to see you. Thank you much.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. Sorry I'm late. So glad you liked my story. Thank you for always supporting me. Happy New Year my friend.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone had a heart like Maureen? So happy you enjoyed. Thank you..


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Blossom. I love happy endings too!


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

I'm so glad you liked my story Genna. I believe there are still good people who would take in a homeless person, really it made her life complete. Thank you for reading and sharing. Hugs..


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Genna I know you loved Joe. Your tribute to him was beautiful. Cheers


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Dip Mtra. Nice to meet you. Happy you liked my story and wanted it to be longer. Thank you for the visit...


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nadine. Thank you. Your comment is truly appreciated.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jo. I'll be waiting for your addition. I think John meant to use only one line of the prompt, but I saw a picture in all the words, either way, I loved writing it. So happy you liked it. Thank you..


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello dakoglund. Nice to meet you. Happy you enjoyed. Thank's for sharing.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hey Ruby, could I ask you to put a link to my original challenge on here? So far you are the only one who have taken up the challenge and I see you have a number of different viewers who haven't read my hub or the guidelines. It may help to get more participants. Thanks.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa

Beautiful story, Ruby! Auw, you have such a way to see only the possible happiness and joy in each and every situation. I would have created all kind of obstacles that would have ended in total misery, as if I am the devil's advocate.

I wish you only the best of happiness and joy for 2015.


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautifully thought and so interesting. You certainly approached the title with a great mind.


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautifully thought and so interesting. You certainly approached the title with a great mind.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Martie, you're too hard on yourself. I remember back when you wrote a beautiful story. I wish I could remember the title. I wish you would start creative story writing again. Thank you for always supporting my work. May 2015 be the best year ever, full of happiness and love..Hugsxxxx


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. Thank you for a thoughtful comment. Happy you enjoyed...


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Just making this more clear for others interested in partaking Ruby. No, I didn't mean to use only one line of the sentence as a prompt. The challenge was to use one randomly selected sentence (any length) as the prompt to write a story or poem. Thanks for posting the link.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

I guess you can see that I completely misunderstood your challenge. When I looked at the sample, I could see a story form in my mind, using all the lines. I did a little rewriting on parts and it seems to read better. Thank's again..I'm learning as I go. lol


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

No worries Ruby, that's a writers prerogative. I am just pleased you accepted the challenge so enthusiastically and were able to write a story from it so quickly. :)


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you John for understanding. I love writing from a challenge. I'm going to attempt to write a one sentence sometime. Cheers...

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