Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Man Inside

PHOTO PROMPT © Luther Siler
I was eight when I met Big Bird for the first time.  Tall, nasally voiced, he moved along our ward, high-fiving children and distributing lollies.

Back home all I did was to recount that visit over and over again.   

“There is a person inside that suit mum.  When I grow up, I am going be that person.”

As I said that my mother smiled and hugged me tightly.

The next time I was discharged my father bought me home.

As I walked inside I saw a Big Bird suit on the floor. 


My mother had spent the week stitching one.


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Written for Friday Fictioneers Word Count : 100

I thought I'd put an entry in early this week.  It's been a year today since my mother passed away, so it is a mother inspired story, especially as I did spend a fair amount of my childhood in and out of hospitals.  The real man inside the Big Bird suit is Caroll Spinney who has been in that suit since 1969.

To read the tales written by the other Friday Fictioneers click here

26 comments :

  1. Neat story, and cool tribute.

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    1. Thanks Ce I am glad you liked it.

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  2. A very cheering entry! :-)

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    1. Thank you unknown Miss K Zebra :-)

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  3. A little thing like a man in costume can bring happiness to children - the child wanting to bring the same happiness to others is such a noble thought. Nicely done story.

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    1. Kids have that innocence about helping others. Thanks for your comments Ansumani.

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  4. I took a more poignant read - that the mother knew the child wouldn't be the bird as an adult... touching story either way.

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    1. Or the child's illness had cast a shadow over the future. Thanks for your comments Kimberly I am glad you liked it.

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  5. Dear Subroto,

    You took Big Bird to a whole new level. A precious tribute to your mother. I'm also glad to know that the boy has grown to be a man. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. It was her first death anniversary so I wanted to write a mother themed story. Thank you for your lovely comments.

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  6. Aww. Very touching.

    Third paragraph "there is (a) person..." missing the "a" I believe.

    Randy

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    1. Oops! Thanks for picking that up Randy, much appreciated. Added the 'a' and a little tweak to keep it 100 words.

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  7. Fulfilling a sick child's wish. Lovely story and sad with the foreshadowing that the child might not grow to adulthood.

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    1. Thanks Joseph and you read it exactly as I intended.

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  8. There is no greater accomplishment than to touch another's life in a positive way. Great story and wonderful tribute to your mother.

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    1. Thank you for those kind words Russell, I am glad you liked it.

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  9. I love that mum knew just what to do. Lovely story! I was confused about "discharged?" Where was he discharged from? I'm a big fan of Big Bird and his loving ways, love this tribute to mums and BB!

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    1. Thanks for your comments Dawn. The first hint is that he is in a hospital ward "he moved along our ward". Discharged suggests discharged from the hospital. Sometimes with these 100 words you hope the connection is made, so I put in a personal mention in the footnote.

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  10. Good story and lovely tribute to your mother and her love for you, Subroto. I'm glad you overcame your childhood illnesses. Well done. :) --- Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne I glad that you liked the story.

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  11. It's a beautiful story, Subroto, and a lovely tribute to your mother.
    Very poignant story. (My understanding of this is that it's a story about a sick child who has been discharged from the hospital, and his mother is doing her best to make life fun
    for him).
    ~Vijaya (StrangeLander2015, or magicsurrealist2013.me)

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    1. Thanks Vijaya your understanding is absolutely correct. I am glad you liked it.

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  12. A lovely story and a great tribute. The people who go around in these suits in children's wards bring a lot of joy. I thought it was lovely that the mother had gone to that effort to make him a suit he could wear now so I too thought that the child was not going to survive to adulthood. Good story.

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    1. Thank you Irene that is indeed what I wanted to convey. I am glad you liked it.

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