A story I wrote years ago, still has the power to bring tears to my eyes. I think it has more to do with when I wrote the story and its subject matter.

The Meetings tells the tale from the point of view of a park keeper and what he witnessed in the park as he worked through the seasons. There are two people he sees day after day.

Of course, there is more to the story. I wrote the tale not long after my father passed away. Which might be the reason this story is so dear to me. I sent it off to a magazine called ‘People’s Friend’ and received great feedback but they wanted me to make changes as they felt the park keeper read like he was a stalker.

Of course I tried to rewrite it taking in their comments, but it was rejected by them. They said it had lost its sparkle. I returned it to its original storyline and entered it into a competition where it became an overall winner.

As I sit here editing ‘The Meetings’ ready for its inclusion into my single collection it can still bring tears to my eyes.

Have you written a story that still moves you even after many years have passed?

Have a great day

Paula R.C.


  1. Hi Paula. I’m glad you shared you feelings about your story, The Meetings. I feel that way about many of mine. For example, the stories I read for on-air publication through Talking Stories radio are among my favorites. More than a few times I’ve reached the end of my reading, right down to the last few words and my voice breaks and tears form in my eyes (Brotherly Love springs to mind). I then have to collect myself and start over again. So I get it. And I’m glad The Meetings will be in your collection. I’m looking forward to reading it – exactly the way you want it to be!

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  2. Hi Paula,
    The story that still brings back tears to my eyes, 15 years after having it appear in a provincial anthology, is about the day I learned that my Grade One teacher had passed away. She was the one that inspired my lifelong love of reading and learning, which has worked out well in my career as an educator. Happily, I saw her one day just before I became a teacher, and was able to thank her. Praise Be. This story will be appearing in my second volume of my Teachers’ book, due out this summer. Like your story, I will keep it as it first appeared. I look forward to reading your story very much!

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    1. Brilliant, Ray. What a wonderful teacher to have. I didn’t have a good time at school. I wanted so badly to do well at school to get good results. I even went to the head mistress and beg her to put me in a better class so I could learn as there were children in my class who played up and didn’t want to learn.


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