Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Why Don’t You Love Me?


Dear Dad,

 “I know it’s only been three weeks” but Mom says she doesn’t know when you’re coming back. She tries not to cry in front of me but I know when she is crying because her mascara runs and her face turns red. Mom lays in bed and I don’t know what to do.

I tried laying beside her and rubbing her back. I tried making her soup (from the can) but I can’t make her eat. She doesn’t get up to make supper much or clean. I’m trying to help out but it’s hard, I have homework too and I’m only nine-years-old. I don’t get to play with my friends anymore, there is too much to do.

I had to ask Oma Jane and Opa Paul for your email. I phoned them and told them what happened. On the weekend I go to their house. Oma sends me home with food for the week that I can microwave. She yelled at Mom to ‘get up,’ but I got mad at Oma and I hit her. I told Oma Google said Mom is depressed. 

Before you left, I heard you fighting with Mom. You got mad at her and then she cried and you shouted at her loudly. Mom is trying her best like me. Oma isn’t sure if you’re ever coming back. Where are you Dad, how come you never answer my emails? You used to call me everyday from work. Don’t you love us? What did I do? Why don’t you love me?

Jessica 

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42 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Why Don’t You Love Me?”

    1. Yeah, I think it’s very hard families because kids don’t understand why Mom or Dad is acting a certain away or why they can’t see a parent anymore. Especially when they are little. But that is not to say damage does not occur when kids are older. I have heard how hard divorce is on high school and collage age kids as well. Thank you for commenting.

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  1. Adults always assumed that the kids don’t understand their world, and didn’t bother to explain about the separation/divorce to them. Poor Jessica had no idea what exacly happened. You’ve captured the feelings of the girl longing for her dad, very well done!

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad her “longing” and sadness came through. She doesn’t get why her Dad would go away and not talk to her, she thinks it must have been something she did. I guess that is how a young girl would think. dad is forcing her to be “a grown up” her sick Mom too, but she’s only nine 😦

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    1. Thank you Rosema. Those are lovely compliments. I might find those easier to write for some reason, have since grade 10. But I hope to write happy pieces that make you feel joy/peace too. Have a lovely weekend my friend.

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  2. It is really heartbreaking when a child gets neglected when one of the parent’s leaves. The child is not the reason for the separation, but will feel like the cause of it. The child needs the love of both parents…even if they are separated.

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    1. Thank you very much I’m glad you liked it. I thought it would convey Jessica’s feelings best. Often, for some us, and I think kids especially, are very honest in their writing and getting across their feelings. At least that was my attempt 🙂

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  3. What a dismal image. I guess that’s the point. Your narrative voice, sad as it is, is much more lively. I guess that’s the point, too. To lend words to the child on what she might be pondering. That Google says that Mom is depressed is telling to our time and how children learn something. The involvement of Oma and Opa is an engaging part. Folk who are helping as they may but with their own opinions, too. Mostly, though, I appreciate the characterization of the nine-year-old. This is someone, as your reader, I’d like to hear more from.

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    1. Morning Christopher. Yes, I’m sorry it is so dismissal, but it’s what my muse inspired looking at the little girl. And yes, I was trying to make a point that even amidst separation or divorce you have to remember to love your children, especially when they are young because they often think it is their fault, they can’t see Dad (in this story). It’s hard for Jessica because she is having to grow up faster then a nine-year-old should taking care of her Mom and trying to clean the house a bit and microwave her meals. Luckily she did phone Oma and Opa or I don’t what she would have had to eat with mom so depressed. Thanks for your comments they are exactly what I was trying to get across. Sorry for the long reply.

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    1. Thank you Sonya. Yeah, I think she is a perceptive girl for nine-years-old and they are on tablets/computers pretty much in Kindergarten these days. So, I imagined that her searching what was wrong with her Mom on Google would be realistic. Have a great weekend Sonya!

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