Friday Fictioneers – The Road Not Taken

(Author’s note: With the final part of my Korean experience finally complete, I now focus on the next phase of life. This means that Music and Fiction will likely get an upgrade/update in some way. Once I get settled back in a routine, this should happen. Until then, it’s Fictioneers and other stories I plan to write. Hope you enjoy today’s offering!)

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The Road Not Taken

by Miles H. Rost

“Daddy, do you ever wish you did something different?”

Paul looked down at his daughter, 9 years old and ever inquisitive.

“There are one or two things, sweetie. But, then you wouldn’t be here. That’s not a wish I would make.”

She put her arms around his waist, and hugged tightly.

“Do you regret losing your arm?”

He looked down at his sweetie, and sadly smiled.

“My arm saved 4 men in Iraq, sweetie. I would not trade that, no.”

Paul swept his arm under her and picked her up.

“Honey, my arm brought me home. No regrets.”

“I love you, Daddy!”

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47 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Road Not Taken

  1. um – absolutely BEAUTIFUL….
    and I have said this about my life

    There are one or two things (to regret – and maybe a dozen) But, then my children wouldn’t be here.
    so no regrets – that is only a downer
    and your piece is intrinsically moving and I hope anyone wrestling with regret (which can lead to depression) I hope they read this and get inspired.

  2. Excellent piece, Miles. I think everyone looks back occasionally and wonders about the choices not taken–hopefully, not always with regret. Hindsight is 20/20 and as a wise man once said, “The grass may look greener, but you still have to mow it.”

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