FFfAW – The Scarecrow Lady

They called her old lady Malone and according to the neighbor kids she was mean as they come. “Stay away from her house,” they would say, “She'll throw rotten apples at you.”

I wasn't about to go near her house because I didn't want to be bombed by rotten apples.

I didn't understand what made her so mean until Bobby Jo told me she had a son that use to be bullied until he finally took his own life. She is bitter toward kids because of it. Can't say that I blame her. I would put up a scarecrow too.



Thank you Louise for our Photo Prompt this week!

This is my 100 word submission for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt each week along with approximately 100-175 words with which we build our stories. It is fun and addicting and everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.

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96 thoughts on “FFfAW – The Scarecrow Lady

  1. Such a sad take PJ. Poor lady, you can really see how the children could make her angry after living through her son’s suicide. After all, it was children who bullied her son. It’s a sad reality, many kids at different ages, choose this out, instead of trying to get help. And kids no matter who they are, all take place in some kind of bullying. Hopefully, we can educate kids enough to a point where this is rare. But I have a feeling, as long as there as kids who don’t quite fit someone else’s view of cool or ‘good enough,’ they’ll be bullies, for me know as adults their are bullies too.

  2. People cope with grief in different ways. I can’t say that I blame her for disliking kids. Shes coping with her heartache the best way she can. A mother should never have to bury a son. A very sad but too often true tale. Well written and expressed, PJ.
    Isadora 😎

  3. A sad story, PJ. No mother should have to bury her child, especially not because they’ve committed suicide due to bullying. Hopefully she’ll eventually recognise that not every child is at fault and she won’t be so indiscriminately mean.

  4. Oh dear, even I wouldn’t judge her for doing so. Losing a son like that… it’s terrible. 😦 And seeing children laughing around would just remind her of what her son could have been doing if he was still alive. *sigh*

    Great story, PJ!

  5. I wish parents of kids who are bullies would realize how hurtful and as was in this case, fatal, their actions and words can be. There should be zero tolerance for bullies, be they kids or adults. Great story.

  6. Oh dear Pj. Oh dear. 😦 This piece clenched my heart. It aches for her. She who lost a son to mean bully kids should not be judged. *sigh*

    Powerful emotion and sudden twist you made dear, PJ, in just 100 words!

      • yes! this somehow reminds us that actions may have reasons. hers is as deep as any scar. πŸ™‚
        a sad but well-written tale, dear. ❀ you're welcome! ❀

        • I agree Rosey. But hopefully, we will do all we can to heal and move forward in a positive way rather than let the negative emotions rule our lives as she is doing. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments!

          • Yes, I can imagine that it is very very hard. Like you said earlier, you can’t blame her for how she feels regarding children because of how they treated her son. She’s angry, bitter, hurting, and vengeful. I didn’t mean to get all philosophical on you! LOL!

  7. This is a perfect example of “until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”. How sad, she’s needs someone to stop by and be a friend. Too bad the kids couldn’t offer to mow her lawn or something helpful…that would be a nice twist to the story. This story definitely generates a lot of feelings PJ…well done!!

  8. There are many things that can mentally scar a person in life and it is so difficult to overcome the damage.This story rings so true to things that happen in life and it is so important to get help and understanding from others. It is such a tragic thing for someone to be driven to taking their life when pushed too far. It is understandable why she would be so against children since her child was a victim of bullying. Hopefully, she can get some help in dealing the tragic death of her son. This type of thing is so incredibly sad. Great job on this, Joy.

    • You are so right about that Jessie! There are many things that can scar a person that is so difficult to get over. It is tragic for someone to be pushed so far they feel they have to end their life. Thank you for your wonderful comment!

  9. So sad that old lady Malone lost her son that way. No wonder she was bitter and couldn’t bear to look at kids. Bullying is such a terrible thing, especially when it continues unchecked for any time. The poor lady will live with this loss for the rest of her life. Nicely told, PJ.

  10. This reminds us not to be judgemental. I cannot comment if she is right or wrong but certainly she needs help.

  11. A sad reality portrayed so well in few words. Long ago I started writing a post on bullying but had much to write…couldn’t finish it

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