FFfAW – First Time Flying

Six months ago, I moved to the city. It had always been my dream, so I finally followed my dream to the city.

As I sit here and watch the lights sparkle from the tall buildings standing statuesque in front of me, I watch the sun set and the cars speed by like like toys against the golden skyline. I think of my family and how much I miss them. My heart is pained and I sigh. Why did I ever think this would be a good idea, moving far away from home?

My hope was to make friends, possibly meet the right guy and never feel alone. But I feel more alone than I have ever felt in my life.

My mother's letter this morning has made my heart long to return home. Should I stay or should I go? Should I give up on my dream?

No, I'm staying here. It's going to get better. I just know.


Thank you Barbara Taylor for our beautiful photo prompt this week.

This is my 160 word submission for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. Everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.

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99 thoughts on “FFfAW – First Time Flying

  1. a new start and a new place is always scary at first, i am sure someone will help her feel not so homesick….i like that she missed home yet was determined to go forward with her plans…nice one!!

  2. Moving to the city will often make people feel more alone. It’s so easy to get lost in the sea of anonymous faces. So I’m going against the flow of comments here – go home, be with your family!

  3. Aww, if it hurts so bad, she should go home! πŸ™‚ Dreams change…maybe this wasn’t for her after all! Spend as much time as possible with family. One day, you’ll have no choice but to move on! …But that’s just me..! πŸ™‚ Nice story! πŸ™‚

  4. Lovely piece PJ. Thoughtful and realistic. I think many people leave home, thinking they will find a better or different life. Sometimes they do but I think in the end you have one home, and part of you will always long for that home in your memory. But I’m glad your character is going to try to tough it out. If after a while, he still sees it’s not for him/her, he can always go back then.

  5. I like this because right now, I know of two 20-somethings who are moving far from home. My daughter when she starts her job 300 miles away and another blogger. I moved on a wing and a prayer to a strange city 500 miles away (in 1980) only knowing my (then) almost fiance. I am still here but not with the same guy (I traded up, LOL). Never regretted the move. You captured the thoughts for this so eloquently!

  6. So many young people are drawn to the big city. I think it can be such a huge adjustment and may not always be the best situation for them. But I guess they have to find out for themselves. πŸ™‚

  7. Moving away from home will make us treasure what we have and our family even more. It’s also the best way to learn and grow. This is a lovely story that is so real! πŸ™‚ Great take, PJ. πŸ™‚

  8. You’ve touched on something that many people have struggled with in their life. Making changes can be very stressful and also leave doubts of your actions. She shows determination and the willingness to at least give it a try. I’m sure she will find friends, work, and then things will began to look a little different to her and she will be able to make a decision as to whether she is making the right choice. She can always move back if things do not work out for her. Great job on this, Joy. πŸ™‚

  9. oh wow. this is, again, a lovely read. and how i can relate. I moved to the city just yesterday. I don’t miss the 2-hour excruciating commute but i do miss home. ❀

  10. I know this feeling. Moving to a new place alone and leaving behind everything you know is difficult and frightening. Some never make the attempt. Some try and fail. And some… the select few, persevere and triumph. It is their stories we usually hear. I hope our character will someday have a greater story to tell.

    Great job, PJ!

      • Yes, New York City. I have a love-hate relationship with it. You never truly appreciate something until it’s gone as they say. Mostly I hate having to drive everyhwere.

        • How exciting to have been raised in NYC! I imagine you take buses and cabs everywhere there. When I was growing up we had to walk everywhere! LOL! Our parents didn’t haul us from place to place like they do for the kids these days. But then, those were during times that weren’t so frightening.

          • We walked everywhere as well. I’m not sure the times are much more frightening now, just well-played out on the media and our internal fears are heightened. And then there’s the worry that Child Welfare Services will come after me if I let my 9 year old walk home from school by himself!

          • That’s true about the media! Our fears are more heightened. From what I hear, people do have to be concerned about Child Welfare Services over the slightest of things.

  11. I just love this one, PJ. Levels of hope and doubt and love and family. All so well woven together.

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your writing and watching you grow.


    ps wow we were sorta on a page in the same book this week!

  12. Ah the many thoughts that go through our mind when things don’t turn out as we imagined them. But I’m glad she is staying, she needs to give it more time and she must find happiness within!! Great story PJ! 😊

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