Jar of Happiness

This was my original post for this prompt back in 2012.  Can’t quite believe it was so long ago but, as the saying goes ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ and Friday Fictioneers certainly provides that in spades! Delighted to hear that Sandra Crook  a stalwart of FF, is one of ten people short-listed for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2016 and that our FBM Rochelle is busy with her next book and interviews on radio etc., etc., don’t know where she gets her energy from, wish I could borrow some 🙂

Image courtesy of Sean Fallon

The boy stands anxiously in line

Money clutched tightly in his hand

As one by one a box is taken from the pile on the counter

And handed to a mother, sister, grandfather, brother, father

He has none of these.

Nearing the front, he leans forward and tries to see if there is one for him

Then a brightly coloured jar catches his eye

It is full of cars, trains, planes and robots

Tucking it under his arm, he walks out smiling

His guardian waits to take him back to the home

Back to where the old toys are cheering


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45 thoughts on “Jar of Happiness

  1. Dear Dee,

    When I think about the past three years and Friday Fictioneers, I get teary eyed. It was very much out of character for me to take on a leadership role like this, but I couldn’t bear the thought of losing something I already found so rewarding and helpful. I’ve no regrets only “gratefuls.” Thank you for being an integral part of that. Loved your story the second time around. 😉



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    • Dear Rochelle
      I couldn’t have stepped up to the mark and taken on Friday Fictioneers, you took it in your stride and make it look easy! I know it’s not. It must be very demanding to fit it into your hectic schedule. We are all so pleased that you do.

      I don’t manage to post every week, but I really appreciate the friendships I’ve made through participating in FF, the support and encouragement is truly amazing.
      Pleased you liked the re-run.
      Best wishes


    • Hi Kent, great to hear from you and pleased I made you smile!
      All good here and hope with you too. Thanks for reading, it was good to re-run this one 😀


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