What Pegman Saw – Carpe Diem

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page,  from where you can also get the Inlinkz code.

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Carpe Diem

Inwood Hill Park may seem an odd place for a first date, but Mark and I both grew up in the country. We picnicked and agreed that, while this wasn’t countryside, you could at least smell the earth rather than gasoline.

I was thrilled by Mark’s job as a Wall Street trader, and he seemed fascinated by the celebs I interviewed for ‘Vogue’.

We were an ideal match. We soon married, and I went part-time to be a home-maker.

And it worked, it really did. For fifteen years we loved and cherished, and raised a couple of kids.

And then, abruptly, it didn’t work anymore. Was it really Mark’s affair that drove us apart? Was I really the ‘over-critical bitch from hell’? Whatever. We divorced.

I buried him last week. He was only fifty. How I wish we’d not chased the perfect but enjoyed the good while we had it.

15 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Carpe Diem

    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and commenting. This story was suggested to me by an encounter earlier in the day. I was talking to an elderly man, and he mentioned that it had been his ex-wife’s funeral the previous week. They’d been divorced years before and, while he didn’t weep openly, it was clear that he was very sad that she had died.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear John
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, I often find myself wishing for more words to develop the characters more fully.
      In fact, the novel I am currently writing grew out of one of these flash fiction prompts. It was first a 100 word story, then a ‘proper’ short story of several thousand words, and now I have about 75,000 words of a novel written, with perhaps 12,000 still to be written. And, believe it or not, the bare bones of the novel were in the backstory for the flash fiction – although of course the characters and their interrelationships are far more complex.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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      • Your comment almost exactly parallels my current situation Penny. I stopped writing flash fiction some time ago to concentrate on my unfinished tome. I have recently started short story writing again and I’m a regular contributor to a couple of local magazines. Nice to have met you here. 😊

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  1. Funny to hear the words carpe diem associated with domestic life but I certainly agree with the sentiment. It seems despite modern divorce laws, people do tend to marry for life, that is, still be influenced by what the partner does in life, or the fact that they have parted through death, long after the divorce has come through. Beautiful message, tomake sure to give it a good college try, before giving up. But of course that won’t be enough in many situations. Also reminding us of the mottoe, tried and true–the perfect is the enemy of the good.

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    • Dear Andi
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I agree with you that the marriage bond is immensely strong. It bonds many couples for life, and even when a couple divorces there is still a link that in many cases is stronger than they either expect or want.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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