Sunday Photo Fiction: One Thing at a Time


When you see a tire lying emeshed in ice and snow by a frothing icey river, you don’t think much about what you’re seeing. What would a random tire say if it could talk?  Would it tell you the story of the SVU it was apart of? There were two young children in the vehicle.

How fast was their mother driving on the slick roads? Sally wasn’t paying attention and was texting and talking on her phone while driving. She was too busy having a conversation with her friend about a playdate.  Sally was too busy texting her husband to pick-up milk on the way home. Tom and Isla were playing; they were giggling and laughing in the back seat and were hushed by Sally.

Then the SUV started to hydroplane and Sally tried to break, but the vehicle was spinning and slipping down the side of the road and she couldn’t hault the SUV against the slush and snow. She couldn’t stop it from driving into the river.

Sally remembers the screaming of her children. She doesn’t know how she got out of the SUV, only that she had been crying out for Tommy and Isla from the moment she was dragged from the river. Sally keeps asking for her children. She wants to go back to the river to look for them.

Finally she sees them, white faced with  blue lips, eyes closed, and peacefully frozen; they are sculptures. She waits for their tiny chests to rise, to breathe. Even adults who are experienced swimmers can’t survive in raging winter rivers. But Sally waits, tears frozen to her face.


Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting!

Go Eskimos Go! Bring the Greycup to Edmonton!

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19 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: One Thing at a Time”

  1. This would serve as a great warning to those who like to use their phone while driving. Great picture painted. If I’m an advertiser, I will surely use this story to warn all the drivers.

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    1. Yeah, that was my thinking. Where I am from you can get a ticket if your caught texting or talking on your phone with out a head set. It always amazes me how many people still do it, and all the accidents we have bc of it. Glad you liked the story.

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  2. This is such a heart wrenching story. It is such a tragedy and it could have been avoided. Texting and talking on the phone while driving has caused so many accidents and ruined so many families, yet people still continue to do it, thinking it will not happen to them! I travel two days a week and see people on their phones all the time, and not just talking, but texting also. It only takes seconds for an accident to happen when you have your eyes off the road. Great story, Mandi and great lesson. Now, if people would just Learn the lesson…..

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