This week’s photo prompt is provided by pixabay.com.
“It was a nice service,” my sister remarked as we drove away from the cemetery. Our parents and I all nodded in agreement, taking one last glance at Mrs. Peters’ final resting place.
She was our next door neighbor for years. When the neighborhood started to change, many families, ours included, left the inner city for the suburbs. Mrs. Peters refused. She remained in the neighborhood long after crime and urban blight all but decimated the area.
Mrs. Peter’s house was easily identifiable. She had the most beautiful flower garden. Her front yard was alive with colorful bursts of roses, azaleas, hydrangeas, gladiolas, hibiscus, and various other blooms. Riding down our once bucolic oasis now dotted with dilapidated and abandoned structures, Mrs. Peters’ home shone through like a rainbow amidst a darkened sky.
At that moment, I made a commitment. I would make sure that Mrs. Peters’ final resting place remained as beautiful and as colorful as the garden she lovingly tended to year after year.
Word count: 166
This is my offering for the 60th Challenge of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted by Priceless Joy:
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