Crowd Funding – December 2019

Copyright Sandra Crook


Jim stares blankly at the woman on his sofa.

“So, we’re providing a turkey dinner at the village hall, party games, carol-singing, a glass of sherry and a free Christmas gift.  How does that sound?”

Jim ponders, stroking his bristly chin.

“Like hell on earth,” he says.

“But you said you were lonely?”

Jim is lonely… for his wife, and for comrades long dead…

For his children on the other side of the world… and for his cat, who’s gone missing again.

But his loneliness isn’t a pit to be filled with strangers.

How can he make her see that?


In recent days there have been some heart-warming tales of human kindness towards those alone at Christmas.  Some, however, are never so lonely as they are in a crowd.  However you may choose to spend the festive period, I wish you every happiness.  And thanks to our very own Christmas fairy, Rochelle, who has graced the Friday Fictioneers Christmas tree for several years now.  Sorry for the re-tread, time and all that… 😦

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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44 Responses to Crowd Funding – December 2019

  1. neilmacdon says:

    A point well-made, Sandra


  2. Dear Sandra,

    No need to apologize for the retread. This is beautiful and deserves a reread. (Mine’s also a rerun).

    Shalom and a Merry Christmas,


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  3. Sue says:

    Well said, Sandra!


  4. bearmkwa says:

    Ah, dealing with the well-meaning gestures of people… sometimes it’s just too too much! Great story.


  5. ceayr says:

    You always get right to the heart of the human condition, and show how it hurts.


  6. I guess it’s the effort that counts. And how long do people remain strangers, really? Great storytelling. Powerful.


  7. Dale says:

    No apologies necessary for resharing this wonderful story – a story that is too true for so many. Beautifully done.


  8. Well said, Sandra! I know people who are alone (and some who are very lonely) in the holiday, and who don’t want a crowd around them to mask the feelings they are feelings. Loss and grief are often heightened during such times. Reaching out is good. Respecting one’s need for boundaries, however they need them, is crucial.
    May we never be so heartbroken that we cannot let in others.

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  9. Nobbinmaug says:

    Powerful, well-said, and well-worth the retread, especially for those of us who haven’t read it before.


  10. msjadeli says:

    Excellent, Sandra, and oh so true.


  11. Anita says:

    May we get to spend our time doing what we like and surrounded by people we love.
    Christmas wishes!

    The Monument – Anita


  12. Liz Young says:

    A pit to be filled with strangers, no, but they might take the edgeoff it for a while.

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  13. Great story, one I’ve not read before so yeah for re-treads. Sometimes strangers are all we have until they become more. Still, they don’t fill the immediate void.


  14. I agree with all. Those who think company is the only cure can be painful indeed. Good job.


  15. plaridel says:

    i think she has a point. one way to get rid of jim’s loneliness is to share himself to others in need.


  16. draliman says:

    Great piece. Though whenever I feel the same way and am also feeling very antisocial, something like that can really help (if someone manages to drag me there!).


  17. pennygadd51 says:

    As so often, your story makes me think, and reminds me of the pain of others. Thank you!


  18. granonine says:

    It wasn’t a retread for me, Sandra, and I enjoyed it very much. There is important truth here. My mom continued to enjoy the holidays after Dad died, but it was never the same.


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