A-Z: Final Departure

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Riding the rails for almost seven decades, Frank had seen far more than he could ever recall. He loved the freedom of going where and when the rails took him. But, times had changed and so had old Frank.

With a worn out sigh, he struggled to board the rusted out freight car. Deep in his aching bones, Frank knew this was his final departure.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

Riding the rails has been a colourful part of American history, especially during The Great Depression. Frank is a composite of some “Bindlestiffs” that I came to know through family lore, while I was growing up. My characters are all very near and dear to my heart, including Frank.


“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist

31 thoughts on “A-Z: Final Departure

  1. Excellent! And I learned a new word — bindlestiff! Your story reminded me of some of the stories my Dad used to tell of him and his buddies riding the rails from KY to CA during the depression to look for work (and being told they would shoot anyone hopping rides)! And, again, working for the railroad during the war and transporting German officers (POWs). Fascinating history!

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  2. My paternal grandfather lived like that for a time. Alas, my grandmother dominated the household and he was content to sit back in relative silence, letting others do the talking, so I don’t have any real stories from him. Thank you for sharing this!

    Your fourth fill-in gave me chills. Wish I could have been there for a troubled little girl. ~hugs~ Not sure ‘troubled’ is the right word considering your strong spirit, but I am sure you know what I mean. ~grin~ Be well!

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  3. A kind of sad story. It reminds me of stories I hear in my childhood. A lot of people rode the train way back then during the depression. Now they have discontinued the train service through our city, and have removed the tracks and made walking trails where the railroad used to travel. A lot has changed.

    Hugs & prayers.

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  7. You have the amazing ability, Annie, to say so much in so few words. In this short piece we know everything we need to about Frank and can clearly picture him and his life. Well done, as always. Love, hugs and prayers, Janet

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