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!)


© Bjorn Rudberg

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!”


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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