The Favorite Photograph

The Favorite Photograph

Our only child passed away too soon.

Must find the photograph before we crack-up!

I see it clearly in the back of my mind’s eye.

He was on my Pop-pop’s tractor playing grown-up.



About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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42 Responses to The Favorite Photograph

  1. joetwo says:

    Oh My God! That is so sad!


  2. El Guapo says:

    That’s a lot of heartbreak for 33 words.
    Hope your character finds the picture…


    • Tessa says:

      Thank you! Though the story is fiction we had lost a picture of my grandmother and it was found in the drier with a load of clothes, undamaged. That is sort of what I based this on.


  3. Gina says:

    Tessa! Heartbreaking is right.


  4. Don’t feel bad, almost ALL my work is dark, moody, or straight up horror. lol I like the dark edge to your writing. Keep up the great work 🙂


  5. Cobbie's World says:

    Nothing wrong with sad! You have evoked a strong emotional reaction already which is what good writing does when it connects. Very well done. Your opening line is a real grabber!


  6. jannatwrites says:

    This was sad…but the two pictures of the kids just begged for sad responses. You delivered!


  7. I’m glad this was fiction, but I know the frantic search for something of sentimental importance.
    Also, I write from that “other side” as well usually. I got a weirdo when the muses were handed out. 😉


  8. Draug419 says:

    Definitely a lot of emotion in this one.


  9. steph says:

    Sad. I like the desperation it evokes with the before we crack-up!


  10. Patti says:

    Very sad that “playing grown-up” was as close as he got to it.


  11. kymminbarcelona says:

    Brutal! Know the feeling behind the lost photo all too well.


  12. deanabo says:

    This is so very sad. I dont even want to imagine.


  13. Rachael says:

    Definitely not something I would ever want to experience. Hopefully they find the picture soon.


  14. cshowers says:

    How terribly sad. Wow. Very good writing, but oh so sad.


  15. Wisper says:

    Oh! How sad. You evoked that well!


  16. atrm61 says:

    What a powerful piece-full of pathos!Losing a child is the worst kind of loss that anyone can face-would not wish that even on an enemy!Great piece of writing:-)


  17. We’ve got Pop Pops in our family, too. This hit home.


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