• Thank you for reading. Yes, I was challenged but I never regretted believing in “love” because it prepared me for when it returned. And surviving made me a better “enough”.

  • Thank you for reading. Yes, I was challenged but I never regretted believing in “love” because it prepared me for when it returned. And surviving made me a better “enough”.

  • The Dahlia by Irene Cornwell

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    Sixty-one years ago, my first husband and father of my two oldest children embraced me at the front door and then vanished. I never saw his face nor heard his voice again upon the […]

    • Thank you for this inspiring story, Irene. The strength and resiliency to overcome the devastating abandonment is amazing and the reward, I hope, was well-worth the pain.

      • Thank you for reading. Yes, I was challenged but I never regretted believing in “love” because it prepared me for when it returned. And surviving made me a better “enough”.

    • Thank you for reading. Yes, I was challenged but I never regretted believing in “love” because it prepared me for when it returned. And surviving made me a better “enough”.

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  • Irene commented on the post, Freedom by Patty Panni 2 months ago

    I am currently reading a biography of Frederick Douglass so you know your title and picture drew me in immediately. I found your narrative very accurate and living in Canada I related to the underground railroad and safe houses along the way to wherever people were headed. The reminder of how recent slavery was a reality was powerful. The touching…[Read more]

  • As I have a son who teaches junior high so I truly relished this story from the first line. There was suspense and problem solving to keep me going. This lad obviously loved to smile! The entire mood was gentle as it covered an ungentle topic. The library fine was a perfect ending. Teachers often place the wefare of a student ahead of their own.

  • Thank you for reading and your comments. If you are serious about reading other stories. I have around thirty of a memoir nature upon gthis site over the past few years.

  • Thank you for reading. If you wish to read more of the memoir musings, I have around thirty some stories on this site from years past.

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  • Thank you for reading. Yes, my errors are lifelong proof I haven’t taken “writing” seriously enough. ( smile ). Thank you for reading and for commenting.

  • Yes, I enjoyed meeting this couple and would loe to follow their lives. Perhaps the reaction of the wife when her blue eyed husband is demeaned by someone from her background. And a hex on the manage3r who allowed employees to be disrespected. It is the customer who should be made unwelcome unless their behavior improves.

  • Having raised our children years ago, I have no doubt the cell phone and social media have complicated the pre-teen and teen years. I also know the bleak feeling I get myself when a grown child or grandchild visits ( before the pandemic ) and their face vanishes into the screen. I am familiar with the preoccupied parent prior to these devices…[Read more]

  • I was certainly drawn in. My mind, like others, went to the era of Anne Frank. And then to a child taken to a care home. I didn’t pick yp on the possible cattle link until near the end. Cruelty is perfectly captured and and I also thought of people in peril on this day across the globe or in a nearby domestic setting. Very powerful writing and images.

  • A powerful story and a good reminder that a mother can fail a child for a variety of reasons. Some very tragic. The scenes and moods came across as very accurate to reality. Because of this, the man’s visualo encounter with the joyful swimmers has “a happier time” impact. I truly hope his turning the pram around means he is going to concentrate…[Read more]

  • A wonderful story. You slipped up on me and I delighted in the “reveal”. Perhaps because I have a gay son ( he came out to us in his 30’s ) I understood and celebrated the newer age we live in. Our son waited for years to pursue his present career and he is very good at it and knows great joy. And, yes, I cared about the ladies too! Marrying a…[Read more]

  • You are very talented. I completely believed I was listening to an actual mouse relating its woes in life! And I was rooting for him to see another dawn. The simplicity of a creatures mind came to life in the last scene. Humans do complicate simple needs like shelter and safety.

  • Riham Gharib, Thank you for reading and for your understanding words. I admire your life journey. As you can tell, I write as a form of therapy as I am aging. I seem to be find the “lessons” in life more easily. Thank you for the kind words.

  • Thank you very much for reading.

  • Thank you 1941 by Irene Cornwell

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    It was an ordinary day until I met the child with the tear stained face.

    I was a mere four years old myself on a sunny afternoon beneath a California sky. In 1941, California […]

    • I got a little lost on who was who in the beginning, and I really felt for that little girl. It was monstrous what they did. You are right we need kind souls and tears to teach humility otherwise the world would be a very hard place.

    • Thank you very much for reading.

    • Hello Irene

      I enjoy reading your memoirs tremendously. And this installment with its dreamlike sequences, softly whispering narration, and powerful stops in time, is just incredible.

      I lingered a bit around this line:
      “Thus it began. My lifetime of trying to fix everything wrong. My need to make everything just and fair.”
      Like you; I created a whole life based on that belief: that I can fix anything. Even my profession, I chose it because as a biomedical engineer I thought I could fix everything that’s wrong with people. Even when biology failed, I thought engineering would work. It doesn’t.

      A life reviewed seemed to go in circles and repeated patterns. I don’t know whether this is good or bad.

      I do know that this is some of the best writing I came across in a while. Thank you Irene.

    • Riham Gharib, Thank you for reading and for your understanding words. I admire your life journey. As you can tell, I write as a form of therapy as I am aging. I seem to be find the “lessons” in life more easily. Thank you for the kind words.

    • Dear Irene, I don’t know if you remember me – your number one fan. I stopped writing for a year as Robins death made me write badly. I picked up writing again this week. One of the gifts of 2021 is coming here and reading your writing. Again I say you should write a book. Your writing is so soulful and your life so interesting it should not be lost. Age brings wisdom and know what the world was like in 1941 helps younger people to understand the world me. Thank you so much for still writing. It is such a treat. love Moira

    • Irene you have brought tears to my eyes. This is the first time I have read something of yours. I was immediately drawn to this piece because of its title ( I am writing a novel set during World War II). When I saw that it was a memoir I was even more thrilled. Your writing had my heart beating and longing so much for more. This story was so poignant – how the sight of this poor little girl resonated with you when you were only four years old yourself is incredible and a really wonderful glimpse of how amazing human beings can be. The way you imagine fleeing with the little girl is beautiful and also the stuffed animals you return home to. I particularly loved ‘The stuffed animals stared back at me as though I was supposed to find a solution to make the girl happy’. You are exceptionally gifted and your stories are so exhilarating and the whole time I find myself wondering (and hoping) that you will write a book to share with the world, if you haven’t done so already. Thank you so much for sharing this, I cannot imagine it was easy putting this together with a restricted word count. The theme of Freedom shines through on so many levels – both of the little girls, the period that you are talking about generally, the children of the Jewish parents, your late husband’s battle with his illness – the concept of freedom is everywhere.
      Thanks so much for sharing, I will not forget this piece.

    • Hi Irene,

      This is a beautiful use of the prompt and a story with great pacing.

      A few errors in there that one more read through should pick up.

      The girl’s punishment and taped thumb quickly reminded me of how harsh parents were when children didn’t conform.

      With a title like that I was expecting it more to be centred on the war – but in the end it didn’t matter.

      Well done.

      • Thank you for reading. Yes, my errors are lifelong proof I haven’t taken “writing” seriously enough. ( smile ). Thank you for reading and for commenting.

    • Hi Irene, first of all, I must thank you for sharing this beautiful and poignant account of your life and the lessons you drew from it with us. Like the other readers, I was so immersed in your story, I found myself longing to know more so I do hope you develop some of the episodes of your life further into other stories.
      I also loved how you used such beautiful and wise allegories like discovering the stones underneath the pillows and the eventual acceptance that’s sometimes that’s just how it is.
      Once again, thank you for sharing and look forward to reading some more of your stories.

      • Thank you for reading and your comments. If you are serious about reading other stories. I have around thirty of a memoir nature upon gthis site over the past few years.

    • Hi
      Your memoir, so naked with authenticity, will remain long in my memory. I await with bated breath your next short story.
      C Alexis

      • Thank you for reading. If you wish to read more of the memoir musings, I have around thirty some stories on this site from years past.

  • You captured how life can throw conflicting emotions at us at any time. A future both hopeful and a death around the corner. Or a promise and a disappointment. It reminds me of how I am going to a wedding next month and missing my late husband more because of the anticipation. Life!

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