FFfAW Challenge-Week of January 10, 2017 – Douglas


Photo prompt provided by Shivangi Singh


“Can I do it? Please?”

Dad paused his shovelling to wipe the perspiration from his crinkled brow. “It’s too hot sweetie.”

I bounced around the tiny, potted fir as if Douglas really was the puppy I had begged for. “Please. You said he was mine.”

Dad smiled down at me before returning his efforts to the growing hole. “You get the most important job.”


“You get to watch him grow. One day, he’ll be as tall as…”

“As me?”

He laughed. “As the roof!”

Eyes shaded from the glaring sun, I peered towards the lofty roof peak, knowing he was telling a huge fib.


It’s been two decades since Dad passed. The house went, but Douglas remained and so did I. No amount of protest could convince the homeowner’s association to save him. How could a lifetime of memories ever compete with a new swimming pool?


Sally-Ann Hodgekiss

11 thoughts on “FFfAW Challenge-Week of January 10, 2017 – Douglas

  1. This is a wonderful story! I love how she compared the Douglas Fir to the puppy she had wanted. Very sad at the end when the HOA decided to get rid of the tree in order to put in a swimming pool. Wonderful! Welcome to the FFfAW challenge! We are happy you have joined us. 🙂

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