Fan Mail

Time for another inning of Friday Fictioneers. First, three cheers for Rochelle W-F, the host and referee of our rowdy players, ever watchful for word-count penalties. If you’d like to add your contribution to today’s prompt, head over to Rochelle’s blog and click on the blue frog.
Secondly, thanks to Dale Rogerson for her contribution of a photo prompt. Her innocuous colorful bouquets have generated stalker tales and broken romances, also some nostalgic items. My offering today is neither here nor there.

©Dale Rogerson

Mom had filled the tall vase with flowers, likely to cheer him up. The florist’s delivery stumped him, though. “Bryce, #17.” He read the card.
In town visiting my cousin and took in the game last night. You guys made some terrific plays — don’t let this defeat discourage you. Been magnificently trounced myself on occasion.

Bryce’s eyes widened when he saw the signature. “I can’t believe this!” He grabbed his cell phone but before he could dial, it rang.
The voice of his teammate Manny blasted his ear. “Hey, Bryce. You’ll never guess what just got delivered here!”
“Maybe I will.”

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64 thoughts on “Fan Mail

      • Indeed. Have your ears been buzzing?
        Rochelle and I were chatting about you… 😉
        We were saying what a joy you are and how happy we are to have you and your hilarious (mostly) comments…
        You are so much fun!

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      • Oh thank you, you two! Did you sense I was down in the dumps today? I should be feeling really upbeat, now it’s summer and I’m long over chemo. Instead I’m floundering in a blue fog, losing interest in writing, blogging, everything. I tell myself “It’s a season; it will pass,” but I don’t like it one bit!

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      • Oh Christine… I had no clue… Chemo?
        There have to be side effects, no matter how long it’s been… Plus, let’s face it. This summer SUX! Oh wait… you’re out West… Aren’t you guys suffering a major drought? Here, in Montreal, we are lucky if we have two days of sun in a row without a sprinkling of some rain…
        You hide your down in the dumps quite well…
        And if our talking about you has lifted you, then… YAY! xoxo

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      • I have leukemia (CLL) and had chemo last year, the last treatment in Sept. It does bring on a roller coaster of moods after, I think.
        No, we haven’t had drought. We’ve actually had a lot of rain. (In case you’re wondering where yours has stayed. 😉 ) So much rain that we have very few grasshoppers at all this summer. Tra-la-la!
        We did get a LOT of smoke drifting over from those forest fires in BC a couple of weeks ago and I’m really allergic to wood smoke, so haven’t been in top form since. But those smoky days did a number on the mosquito population, so I shouldn’t complain.

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      • Oh, I am so sorry, Christine! I hope that it has been kicked out of your system! Love sent your way.
        I was listening to CBC Radio 2 and they were saying areas near Regina have had almost no rain all the month of July. You are in Saskatoon, though, right?
        The smoke is reaching all the way there? Whoa…. Cool on the skeeter situation, though

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      • Thank you. The chemo knocks it down to “ground zero”, hopefully for some years.

        As to Regina’s drought, I’ve heard about that. We haven’t been there to see it, but that area is always sunnier and drier than Saskatoon. Maybe it’s their rain we’re getting? There’ve been a lot of “tornado watch” alerts here this summer as storm systems passed through.

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      • Hopefully forever.

        Crazy how within one province you can have two different eco-systems. Ugh.. Tornado watch? What… is Saskatchewan the new Kansas?

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    • I know. I’m an absolute failure. 😦 I’ve been reading stories about young teens lately. But thanks for liking this one.
      I seriously thought of doing a story about my cousin whose ex-boyfriend shot her current flame then killed himself — but that wouldn’t be fiction. Maybe I’ve been too aware of violence to want to write much about it?

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      • Oh! That’s terrible. Along with the chemo and the rest, I must say I have gained a genuine admiration for you. Sending my love your way. Hope the blues are blown away soon.

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      • Oh! That’s something we all go through. Much more often than you would think…. Think of all of us going through a similar journey just laden with different types of baggages :).
        Hope that you stay positive and find happiness every day. Take care, Christine!

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      • I third that motion. Dale and the Queen are right. I look forward to your posts and especially your witty comments. Don’t be surprise if you show up in one of my posts eventually–everyone else has. 🙂

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      • Thanks so much for your comments!
        I’d love to see how you’d present me. Be sure to include my hearing aids so I can catch all the comments after. 😉
        My latest post, The $2000 Crack, describes my current half-deaf state. 😦

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  1. Christine , I love it when successful or ‘settled’ people / players / professors care enough to add cheer to someone who is still in the midst of tackling their struggles . They are not only heroes , they are community builders too.
    Great story !

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    • Thank you. I like to inject a little humor where I can. I suspect the sports hero in my tale wouldn’t have sent flowers—maybe a signed hockey stick or baseball bat. I thought of asking Rochelle to post a picture of a bat sometime in future. On second thought, NO. If people got such tales of woe from flowers,what all might come from a photo of a baseball bat! 🙂

      This morning I was thinking of going with the flow and writing more about murder and mayhem. I could touch on my relative’s death—the result of prolonged sexual abuse. But now I’m weepy thinking about it. I take murder and mayhem too literally. I’d better stick to doing “upbeat.” (Phil 4:7-8) 🙂

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    • Oh for an extra ten words! It was a well known athlete or sports figure with a cousin in their city, someone who took the time to visit with the coach after the game and find out the team members’ names.
      As I said to another blogger, he likely wouldn’t have sent flowers, but I had to go with the prompt Dale provided. 🙂

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    • Thanks for your comment. As I said to another commenter, I believe there’s a lot happening behind the scenes, athletes giving time and money to give the kids a boost. We hear more about disasters, terrorism and general selfishness.

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  2. Modern day fan mail. What a fan. Going to all that trouble. Is it easy to find addresses of teams in America? Over here data protection kind of makes that really rather difficult. Nice gesture though, from a fellow sports person.

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    • I can’t say much about what happens in every city, but I think if a well known sports figure approached a little league coach and said, “I want to give your guys something. Will you see that they each get a signed T-shirt, baseball, or whatever from me, the coach would gladly see it done.
      Here in Canada so many skaters and hockey players come from small towns and cities, it would be no problem if they caught a game ‘back home’, to send the players a card and/or gift. Our baseball and football players tend to be imports from the US.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  3. There’s a very logical explanation to the flowers, Christine: the sports hero’s cousin is a florist, so he helps his cousin out and delights the fans. Such a sweet and fun story.

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    • Thanks for patiently reading all of this. As for the chemo, I had the last treatment in Sept last year, so hopefully my white blood cell count (the number of lymphocytes) will stay low. I’m so thankful CLL is a treatable cancer.

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