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Flying Down South (flash fiction)

July 30, 2013

Crane on ocean platform by Alastair Forbes

Birds have it easy when they become empty nesters: simply grab hold of the nest and fly off to a different tree. Easy change of scenery. So, what happens when you retire and you want a change of scenery, but you love your house and garden that you’ve invested so much sweat into? No way putting them on a truck would’ve worked. The idea hit Sarah driving away from Faneuil Hall and passing the wharf. Sounded crazy, but why not? We’re unconventional people. The house and garden looked even crazier on the crane and chugging away, down the Atlantic coast.

“It’ll take forever,” I said, and Sarah shrugged, saying we’ll simply take our time driving to Savannah.

It’ll be a road trip with lots of stops. And when we finally settle down in our new spot, we’ll have plenty of new sights and friends—and we can joke about each other’s accents.


Photo prompt given by Alastair Forbes. For other stories inspired by this photo, click here.
Photo copyright Alastair Forbes
Story copyright Dave Williams

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2013 6:30 am

    Oh the change. Not just the move … everything. Great story 🙂

  2. July 30, 2013 7:36 am

    Sounds like the prelude to something very interesting. Tightly wound themes of travel and change just make you want to explore them.

  3. July 30, 2013 9:29 am

    Now that’s an idea that could catch on. 🙂

  4. Christopher Shawbell permalink
    July 30, 2013 9:34 am

    Take it all. Why settle? I like it!

  5. July 30, 2013 2:05 pm

    I love it. Actually it’s a rather realistic (if perhaps a bit expensive) idea! Way cool though, the concept! 🙂

  6. July 31, 2013 1:09 pm

    Wouldn’t it be fabulous to be able to pull up roots like this?

  7. August 5, 2013 7:05 pm

    As long as you are near a water source. Otherwise you might have to use a semi-truck. And that’s been done too. I even remember reading that to save a particular light house, it was proped up on rollers and just move say maybe 100 or 200 feet. Anything is possible. I guess folks who live on house boats kind of have that idea too. Except for the garden part 🙂

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