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How excited Abigail had been as she headed west on the stagecoach that would take her to Nebraska where her husband was eagerly waiting, having built her a sod house on their new homestead. Being born and raised in the East on heavily wooded acres laced with fast-flowing streams, she had no idea that a place could be so desolate.  The nearest neighbors lived eight miles away, and she rarely had the company of other womenfolk, except on Sundays when they took the horse-drawn buggy to church in town. Life was hard on the open prairie but Abigail learned to make the best of it, and as time went on four children were born. All did well except for little Emily whose tiny grave Abigail covered with bright flowers grown from seeds that her mother sent her from back home.
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I'm linking up with Lillie McFerrin's Five Sentence Fiction
where the writing prompt this week is "desolate"

8 comments:

  1. Life can be so unfair at times. What a lovely post. You write so very well.

    Have a terrific day. Big hugs. :)

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    1. Thank you Sandee. Yes, life is sometimes unfair and that's hard for me to accept, but we were never promised that it would be fair. Often it doesn't turn out like we hope or expect, but then again it does bring wonderful things that we don't expect at all, so maybe it evens out in the end. :-)

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  2. This makes me think of my Granny. But it also makes me thinks of those I have lost.

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    1. The photo reminded me of my great-grandparents who were Dakota pioneers. We tend to romanticize pioneer life, but in truth it was anything but easy and the risks were great. Many children didn't grow to adulthood due to illness or accident. I know that your heart understands.

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  3. You never know what awaits you but she sounds a very strong woman to be making it work despite her loss. A great story and I get to learn about America.xx

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    1. Homesteaders had to be a strong and sturdy lot to survive in rather primitive conditions, Lizzie. I am proud of my heritage, I know my determination to move forward in life comes from them. We really have only one choice when live brings hardship and sorrow, to deal with it as best we can, and to move on.

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  4. Abigail is a perfect name for the character here. It has the right feeling.

    The prairie is a good subject for this prompt. too. If you've never bee out on the plains before, all that open space can be a bit intimidating!

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    1. Thank you KR, I really appreciate your supportive comments! I was born and raised on the plains of South Dakota and although it is beautiful, to be out there far from other people for weeks at a time, with nothing but miles and miles of prairie grass and the ever-present wind would be very lonely. I can understand how some women went crazy.

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