Prompt: Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner, The Daily Post's writing prompt
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Dear papa


I know it’s only been three weeks but I miss you papa. It will probably be a month or two or maybe even three till you come home, but papa, I’ll be here waiting everyday. Mama said that this will be your final trip, that you have found a job that doesn’t need you to go travelling to strange places on a ship, and that you will be home every night for dinner.

Papa, is that true? If it is, I’m overjoyed. I can’t wait to go to school each morning with you accompanying me on the bus, and to be able to curl up between you and Mama every weekend for a sleep-in. Finally, we’ll have time to go to all the different places we want to go!

I hope you are doing well, Papa, and that the sea has been kind. Mama said that drinking milk will make me strong so I hope you’re drinking lots of milk too. Maybe I’ll finally be taller than you when you return! I cannot wait to see you again and I’ll be waiting patiently at the harbour every evening till you return.

Your daughter xx

This photo had brought about a trip down memory lane – unspoken words of a 10-year-old girl.

Written in response to Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner #10 and The Daily Post’s writing prompt “Longing”


  1. mandibelle16 says

    Great take on the prompt. I can picture this so well and I think many can relate some kind of story waiting for papa/mama to come home 🙂

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  2. I like the letter quality of this piece. The little girl does look like she’s longing for something. Hopefully her father returns safely!


  3. I can feel the anticipation and excitement in the voice of this story and the little girl’s love for her papa warmed my heart. Great story! I enjoyed reading this.


  4. Beautiful and poignant piece. I love how you chose to focus on the positive vibes. Looking forward to her father’s return. 😀


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