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Raindrops (a short story from the heart)

Updated on May 20, 2011

Oh Sweet Memorys

Sometimes, and from nowhere comes a friendship of extra ordinary importance. This short story is dedicated to so many people whom I have met on hub pages. You may or may not recognise yourself, but you can be sure that I am thinking of you. All names, places and terminology have been changed to make this story fiction.

Rachel was happy and content with her every day life, she muse to herself whilst eating breakfast of croissant and coffee, how uneventful her life had been so far. She had had her ups and downs, much like any other woman. But was taking every day in her stride now and looking forward to new beginnings. Richard was in the back ground stressing out at his list of clients today, wondering if he would ever have time for a break and a chance to sit and enjoy that bar of chocolate that he longed to eat. Driving for a living was taking it's toll on his body, as the pounds piled on; and his single minded fixation of chocolate was becoming an addiction.

The phone rang shrilly in the background, causing Rachel to jump from her seat with a start. Rachel immediately knew who it was; it was Elizabeth with a word of praise and comfort. Rachel had met Elizabeth in Spring whilst walking in the rain; and they had instantly warmed to each other and became very good friends. Rachel thought how it would be nice if they lived closer to one another, or better still next door and they could meet every day. Strangely enough, Rachel realised how close they had become, almost dependant on each other, and that they had to be in touch at least once a day.

Today was a special day as Rachel had agreed to have lunch in the town with her last employer Wesley. Wesley was a very kind man; and Rachel had enjoyed the time spent working with him. He had brought a solitude of a different nature into her life. He always supported Rachel's ambition; and often would prompt her to look at things in a different way. He never ridiculed her attempts to improve on her job, but rather, he sat back like a very wise owl, sitting, .... ready to pick up the pieces again if mistakes made her fall.

She looked forward to meeting some of her old workmates too. There was Bob, whom Rachel respected for his wisdom and warm heart and Roberta who always shared her thoughts so freely, but was like Rachel in some ways, she was never afraid to voice her opinion. Then there was Melanie, whom Rachel had met through Elizabeth, she was the mother hen of the group, kind and generous to a fault. And not to forget Chi, Bella, Christopher, the daddy of the crew, and Sally who had filled Rachel's place. She was only just settling into her position in the engine room.

Rachel understood just how important all the staff in the engine room where to sycronise the harmony of the ship; in which they were all afloat in. She was constantly amazed at the friends she had met; many people who where talented and contributed to the welfare of the group. Running a ship of this enormous size was not easy, people came and went but the heart of the engine remained in tact. 

Looking out of the window, amazed at the beautifully sunny day outside, Rachel recalled some of the miserable times she had spent before arriving at the ship. Days in which where full of raindrops ...plop...plop....plop; days in which her decisions had not been so easy to make. That seemed such a long time in the past now, and Rachel was elated to realise that the sunshine really was so like her life today. Warm, comforting and every day was a new challenge.

She watched the boys walk up the plank, well ....she romantically thought of it as a plank, but really it was a very sophisticated stair case. Each step dependant on the other for a sure footing. The conversation was loud and she envied the unity of such a large group of men. Each one respecting the other and always so pleased to offer each other their support. Further down the pier the girls in their beautiful sky blue uniforms walked linking arms, happy to be off on another journey together; she could hear them chatting about boyfriend's and make up. Such frivolity, but they all shared a strong bond; and words of wisdom and comfort as it was occasionally needed.

Rachel knew that she would miss all the company if she continued with her ambitions, but with the greatest of respect she knew it was the love and encouragement of all these people sailing in the ship today, that had given her the strength to carry on.

On reflection, she understood that raindrops had to fall before a loving sun dried up the tear drops, and made the ocean still and calm again.


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    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      I so enjoyed this story, it was beautiful, simply beautiful.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Oh my goodness me. A huge thank you to my lovely hub family. We share so much together, thoughts, respect and friendship that goes hand in hand with encouragement and support. Thank you all for your lovely comments. xxxx

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      7 years ago

      ...well there are no raindrops in my heart for you my bright shining BLUESTAR - only the gladness and goodness of the sunshine which prevails everytime I come here and read your stirring words .....

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      7 years ago

      I can't believe I haven't been following all along, but here I am at last...what a beautiful story this is. I just think you are the most kind-hearted and delicate person. It warms my heart to see the difference between this hub and "A Confession." Maybe getting to know these others is helping you get to know yourself a little as well and helping you learn to love that beautiful person that is Annette.

      Much love and a GREAT BIG HUG!!

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana and friendships are powerful...a beautiful story to expess this....

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Blue, This was a beautiful allegory of your friendships on HubPages. For me, as well, this is a place where I can always find comfort in a kind word or thoughtful comment. You are special to so many people here and it is easy to see why. Very enjoyable read and great pics. xxoo

      All the best to you. Peg

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      7 years ago

      Well, Ms.bluestar....thank you! This is a beautiful short story.I enjoyed it very much.It is another world, here on hubpages and I also treasure the people I have met,such as you and all of the above and more!Very nice tribute to friendship! Voted up/awesome Love the pics,too! :)

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      This is a lovely hub. I often use the image of a staircase when I talk to kids (and parents) about math. The need for a strong foundation, and then building upon it . . . if there is a concept that is shaky, it is difficult to continue up the steps. Anyway, I like your staircase of friendship and support -- what we all need for sure footing. Sounding out ideas in a safe environment and growing among those we respect. So eloquent and thoughtful -- like you!

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      We are Family, all my Brothers and Sisters on Hub Pages and Me...What a Wonderful and Beautiful story you have woven Bluestar, very Clever and Enjoyable, like YOU!

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Hi Bluestar, what a nice way to think about the people who you have a fondness for, a clever idea that works beautifully. Cheers

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      I loved this! I am so thankful for the great friends I have made on Hubs. One of them being you! This was absolutely beautiful.



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      7 years ago

      Very cute story, bluestar. Very clever and sweet. I could picture the characters, even though I did not know them. Voted up and awesome, my lady! : )

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      What a charming and creative way to write about the bonds in this community so many of us feel. I love this from start to finish!

      No fair though having that delicious picture of chocolates smacking me in the face... hmmm, it's giving me ideas!!

      Voted UP & AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL-- like you!

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      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Good writing Bluestar, amazing photo at the end which represents Rachel taking the plunge with the strength of her friends behind her!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      I loved it Thebluestar. We can still HUG!!!!!!!!

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Sunnie, you are a little diamond, hugs hugs hugs straight back at you. xxx

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Eiddwen, hello darling, thank you for stopping by. Hub Pages is truly addictive isn't it. But all sail in the same ship, some are officers and other like myself in the engine room, looking for promotion one day lol It is hubbers like you with your big heart and support that allow the rest of us to stretch our wings. xx

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Sofs, as our community grows, I am constantly amazed at the bonds that people can form. Total strangers who are willing to support each other and offer a little word of comfort. How are doing girlfriend? As for making money, huh.... I wouldn't know where to start lol

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago


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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Good afternoon Mr Starr lol how are you Bill, I have been meaning to drop you a mail but hopefully I will get the time to catch you over the weekend. Thank you as always my friend for leaving me your support. x

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      7 years ago from Wales

      A very heartwarming story which says a lot about the lovely person who wrote it.

      I often wonder these days what on earth I did before the days of HubPages, hoever I am so glad to have the honour of getting to know and read hubs by so many talented people such as yourself.

      Beautifuly touching and take care my friend.


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      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      A heart warming story of reality. Somehow everyone who is here not just for the money can relate to it in some way. I enjoyed every bit of it :) Beautiful!

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I really like this one! Well done.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Happyboomernurse, how are you my friend. Great to have you stop by. The hub pages community have become an important way of life for me, not just a place to showcase my writing; but for developing some important friendships on the way. I am amazed at the talented people who showcase here, but more so, the generosity and support that is left with the comments.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Sunnie, hope your day has been enjoyable. Hub pages are shared by so many people who I have been fortunate to meet. Such an amazing amount of talent, and lovely people too. Just one thing missing for me, the ability to hug. xx

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing this short story. I loved the way you connected and dedicated it to all your hubber friends in the preface. It does feel like finding fellow hubbers is like finding a whole new world of interesting and supportive friends who are on a journey together.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Dear BlueStar..A BIG GOOD MORNING TO YOU!!! I really enjoyed this and loved the whole story. Having meaningful relationships and people who make your life beautiful is such a gift. Thank you for a great hub. Up and Awesome



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