This story brought me to tears, Justin. It is truly one of your very best. Today is John's and my fifty-second anniversary, and thank goodness we are still sitting on the porch (deck!) together. I LOVED this one. You have to publish it. Also, happy birthday to your mom!!
Thanks for sharing such a great story on my birthday!! So proud of you!! Keep writing and following your dreams.!! Love ya!!
What a touching story of loss and the difficulty of moving-on from grief. The overgrown garden and the unfinished house painting...the rollers "Hard as tombstones," all serve to show how his life suddenly stopped. Thank you for the glimmer of hope for Don at the end. Hope he can move on.
You're a great storyteller Justin. Happy 4th to you and your family!
A real gem, Justin.
You should keep at this writing thing. 🤣
Beautiful and touching, Justin. I love that you shared your inspiration for writing this one. I've been very uninspired lately, and this gave me a nudge to keep looking for my next story and to trust that it's out there. Thank you.
And happy 4th to you!
Looking forward to the fire.
Beautiful story! I love how you were inspired by the man in the garage from your ride. There are so many stories out there waiting for someone to uncover them!
A fine story, masterfully written. He was living only a half-life after losing his wife in such a pointless manner. This incident showed hIm he was still needed, still able to contribute. I think he should leave his garage door open and hang up a sign "FREE BIKE REPAIR". This story was engaging, Justin, one of your best.
Oh, Justin. This one brought me to tears. Good job and thanks for writing. I dream of a house with a porch, but after reading this, with violence changing our world, I’m not sure anymore. Maybe if I lived in the boonies I might be safe? I sure hope it doesn’t come to that. Happy 4th my friend!
The delicateness of life; so very moving Justin. You touched so many vulnerabilities here. Thank you for sharing.
That’s a lovely story, Justin. Hope you enjoy a nice long weekend!
Excellent story loved how you wove all of the bits into such a touching tale about a lonely man.
I fully, sincerely, deeply love, welcome and hold gently inside me, your stories! I would love to say damn your stories are beautiful but I probably should not use damn. After all I am an elder and aren’t I suppose to know better. Oh the hell with it because damn I love your stories! So grateful to find your words here
Very sweet and nicely controlled - it would have been very easy to let this one get too saccharine but you judged it very nicely
You write about loss with so much feeling. I'm tearing up over here! Thanks for the reminder of how precious life is.
That was a great story Justin. The way you write brings a picture to every word. And why does it seem like it takes a terrible incident to bring people together? Very touching too.
you have a light feather as we say :) meaning pretty good one - style of writing :)