Repeat, Repeat – A 100w story

Thanks to Ted Strutz for this week’s great photo prompt.

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Thanks to everyone who read my story last week and commented. I’m sorry I didn’t reply or get round everyone else’s stories – put it down to a combination of intermittent internet coverage and deadlines to meet. All your comments were appreciated 🙂


Genre: Fiction (apart from the bit about the knitting!)

Repeat, Repeat

We laughed when the waves swirled round Great-Aunt Julia’s feet, carrying her knitting away while she dozed.

Great-Aunt Julia dozed everywhere. It was all she did, apart from telling us a million times that she made jet-fighters during the war.

Years later I saw a documentary about an aircraft factory and the women who worked there while the men were on the battlefields. I felt immensely proud, and ashamed for not understanding sooner.

I still visit that beach – a small half-moon of sand near the pier – and remember the tide coming in around Great-Aunt Julia. I’ve told my children all about her, a million times … or so they say!

©Siobhán McNamara

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41 Responses to Repeat, Repeat – A 100w story

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Convinced me it was a real person. Well done.


  2. Dale says:

    What a lovely story! Typical – kids not appreciating the older generation till later…


  3. prior.. says:

    ahhhh – great aunt julia


  4. michael1148humphris says:

    It must have been difficult to adjust after stepping into work to meet a nations need – then to walk away when no longer needed. So many handled this challenge – well told.


  5. Sandra says:

    Awww, that was a lovely story. I could feel the affection.


  6. jellico84 says:

    What a wonderful story. Unsung the women heroes who held down the homefront. My Great Gram was a translator, and her daughter, My Gran was a courier. I am immensely proud of their legacy to duty.


  7. granonine says:

    I love this historical take. My mom could have been Great Aunt Julia, but she had a baby to care for. The Great Generation.


  8. trentpmcd says:

    Great story, touching.


  9. It’s interesting that we always want more story after those that could provide “more” are gone. You captured that well.


  10. Michael Wynn says:

    Lovely sympathetic tale


  11. draliman says:

    Lovely story, made me smile 🙂


  12. wmqcolby says:

    A good family story, Siobhan, with interesting possibilities. My great-aunt was a transcriber during the war.


  13. Dear Siobhán,

    Such a lovely tale. It’s a pity we don’t see what we had until it’s gone. I still wish I’d known my grandfather better.




  14. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Lovely story. It is horrible that we don’t appreciate people when they are with us. There so many interesting stories lost when they go.


  15. plaridel says:

    i guess she didn’t sleep on her job. she deserved some latitude. 🙂


  16. And history repeats itself… Great little story!


  17. tedstrutz says:

    I liked your story, Siobhan.


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