FFftPP – Books and Childhood

After their father was injured and no longer able to support the family, Sarah and Jenny were sent to work in the sewing factory. A sad existence for two little girls.

The girls' mother took them to the library once a week so they could choose books to read. They loved to read and read voraciously whenever they got home from work at night.

Through the pages of these wonderful books, the girls lived adventurous lives and went to exciting places. They may have had to grow up fast but they lived their childhoods inside the pages of the books.




This is my 100 word submission for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner, hosted by Roger Shipp. He provides us with a photo prompt and approximately 200 words with which we create our stories. To read the other entries for this challenge, click here.





86 thoughts on “FFftPP – Books and Childhood

  1. Books are so wonderful for that reason. They take us away, out of present and harsh times to new adventures, book-boyfriends, thrilling chases, heart breaking situations, scientific discovery, new friends. Thank goodness the girls had their library books or their lives spent sewing would have been full and unfulfilling. Books are their silver lining. Great write!

  2. I have been reading Villete by Charlotte Bronte… and I have been so happy to reconnect with my best friend. Good books are friends for life. Hope the books open up great opportunities for these little girls later in life. Lovely post PJ. What creative variety you have!

  3. Books are indeed the best escape from the harsh realities of this world. Such a sad yet touching piece, PJ! ❀❀❀
    This reminds me of The Book Thief. πŸ™‚

  4. I love this! ❀️❀️❀️ Books are our secret hideout from reality; a trip to fantasy; and adventures to places we’ve never been! Great story, PJ. πŸ™‚

  5. Awesome story!! Stories can take us away into such magical places! Miss reading to my daughters, but cherish all the books we did read together! I know they won’t forget them and today they love to read πŸ™‚

  6. This is a very lovely story with so much rings of truth. It’s a good thing that their mother still found time to take them to the library and didn’t immerse herself in the misery of her loss. Then the World of books not only enlarges their scope, but still allows them to live their childhood in the pages of a book.

  7. It’s so wonderful they had the opportunity to read so many books. They learned so much about so many things and they did it without physically traveling and with little expense. Their mother was very wise to take them to the library every week. Great story showing the adventures one has without even traveling.

    • Thank you Jessie. The girls had a hard life but there was a silver lining and that was books. It opened up doors for them as they got older. Their mother was very wise.

  8. Oh… books and the keys the posses to open the doors different worlds…
    I love your take PJ! The photo initially sends images of child labor / ghosts in my mind but you turn it into an exciting adventure for the girls! πŸ˜€

  9. I enjoyed the mood of the story: Books as educational, uplifting, inspiring and feeding a higher self concept. Beautiful message in time for Women’s Day. Best wishes. xo

  10. The idea of the library as being an escape resonates with me–as I’m sure it does with many others. I just had a conversation with a friend of mine, a library director, who talked about parents dropping their kids off at the library during the summer–and picking them up eight hours later after work. I was a bit horrified, but I suppose there are many worse places to be left all day!

  11. Wonderful story πŸ™‚ I loved this line “They may have had to grow up fast but they lived their childhoods inside the pages of the books” True books are a portal to a world of dreams and hope.

    Have a great day!
    Arcane owl

  12. A prison made of books can not be that bad. There are so many travels, so many people to meet and feelings to experience when you are falling in love with a book .. ANother great story of yours, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  13. What a wonderful and sad story all at the same time. But this is what you do, you are such a creative fiction writer. Have you ever written a book or thought about it? I think you could. xo

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