From Hand to Hand

copyright Douglas M MacIlroy

FROM HAND TO HAND
100 words for Friday Fictioneers
Photoprompt ยฉ Douglas M MacIlroy

I watch you pass the ball from hand to hand, adrenaline spilling from your adorable edges in your excitement at getting on the team. You call it a battle you must win.

In that moment you are gone.

You message me when you land. And once more. Now nothing for three days. All I have left is the knife-blade of scent on your faded old fleece. How I wish I were a hundred years ago, soothed by you beside me on something you touched and folded and kissed. Strange. These days we call that kind of thing a hard copy.

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74 thoughts on “From Hand to Hand

  1. I had to smile. My Terry doesn’t do texts, emails, etc. He hates having to use the computer, although he’s become quite adept at finding things he wants. And every now and then I get a pencil-printed love letter done on paper from the printer. ‘they are treasures ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. The nostalgia runs deep (and relatable) in this one… The last three sentences read like a sigh and chant dancing with a spell fueled by pure hope.

    You know, I have a couple friends with whom I exchange letters (my Piano Man and I exchange correspondence, too). They are the same friends I talk to online all the time. But the letters fill a different sort of space. Also, it would be hard to add leaves and petals and the random feather to a cyber-something.

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    1. Sometimes I find the digital age quite troubling, especially when I hear about adverse effects on mental health. Yet the other side of the coin is that I can exchange words and ideas with the Friday Fictioneers, for example, which is a great experience. I suppose that old adage, moderation in all things, applies. Thank you very much for your response, Brenda ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. It’s true, moderation in all things. I live on the other side of the world than my family and many of my friends, so I also can’t complain too much (though I do occassionally) about the ability to communicate quickly.

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    1. Absolutely. I think electronic communication certainly has its place but I am resolving to write a letter or two in future as well. Sadly both my friends who always wrote, never used email, have passed away but their letters are in my memory box. When I pick one up it really is as if I have them in my hand again, the reality of them stays through those handwritten cards and letters. One friend only ever wrote to me on postcards he’d picked up during his extensive travels so my letterbox provided some amazing sights. Beautiful sunsets, stately ocean liners and quite a number of huge scaly lizards!

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    1. Yes, and sometimes (often) digital seems cold and unclear because everything is pared down to the minimum. And who wants a communication that starts with a statement that the sender will not receive any reply? As regards the comparison in content, I have just been listening to Sylvia Plath’s letters on BBC Radio and was amazed at the way ideas were explored and expanded – and metaphors galore without any sense of being overused. Thank you for commenting, I appreciate it.

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  3. That reminded me poignantly of the comfort derived from letters and postcards. I keep all my old emails from departed friends and relatives, but it’s nowhere near the same. Well done, good angle.

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  4. Written words had a personal touch to them, which is not the case when you type. The scent of the person in that paper lingers long after it was actually written. The lovers of pen and paper will never let it become history.

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  5. My mother and her sister exchanged letters until my aunt passed away and i was lucky enough to receive some beautiful letters from each of them.

    The change from paper to email in a way is analogous of the changes in transportation from walking to driving to flying. Speed above all other considerations.
    Writing and reading a letter goes at a human pace. It is a human interface, only slightly removed by distance, and time, from face to face contact. Email or messaging is more immediate in time but less personal because of its brevity, its practicality, its informality and lack of deep thought.

    This reminds me, i must write my Christmas cards!

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  6. Thank you so much for your really kind comment. Great that your mum kept your letters, I completely understand that. And, yes, Christmas cards are an opportunity to write in the traditional way and so lovely to receive. You will have pleased a lot of people with all your cards!

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  7. I know exactly what you mean, Magarisa. Somehow I’ve never really got the taste for e-books either. Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on my story. Much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. There is a lovely sense of poignancy about this.

    The physical touch will never be abandoned but who knows in the future people will never leave their virtual lives. Separated by thousands of miles and yet connnected…oh wait…

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  9. Well, yes, that is one of the joys of our new way of communicating – via FF I talk to people from all over the world who I would never have “met”. Thank you for your kind comments on my story.

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