Her Name was Melanie (Friday Fictioneers)

Hi – it is time for another installment of Friday Fictioneers (here).

The photo prompt this week is such a beautiful image:

photo credit: CARLA BICOMONG


Here is the entry:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100

Her Name was Melanie


What was her name again, dad?

Her name was Melanie.  Charmaine Melanie Cline. And she was awesome.

What happens when people light candles?

Candle wax has atom chains; hydrocarbon molecules have a reaction that –

NO, dad, not physical properties of candle burning. What happens when we light candles after someone dies?

It helps us cope with sadness as we look forward to eternity. The flickering glow helps us process. The departed’s essence and light stays with us – always – even if they’re physically gone.

So it’s a physical AND spiritual thing.

Yes, son. Light pierces the darkness.


Author notes:

Last week, in a post, I mentioned my son’s friend’s step-mother was in hospice.  She passed away two days ago.


In Memory of Charmaine Melanie (Jones) Cline

June 26th, 1971 ~ August 20th, 2018 

I did not know her very well, but her name was Melanie – and she was awesome. 


When the FF photo prompt featured that glowing image with candles today –  it called to me to do a post for Mel.

I have said this before and I will say it again:

Life is precious, people, and we really do not know what each day will bring forth. 

So let’s enjoy this day for what it has.

Let’s appreciate air in our lungs and let’s live while we are alive.

Let’s not take a second for granted. 

I was not sure which song to share for her and so I went with this awesome “Live like you were Dying” (even tho it was overplayed for a while): 



To see more takes on this prompt – go Here or click this blue frog:



60 thoughts on “Her Name was Melanie (Friday Fictioneers)

    1. Thanks granonine – shen my mom was here last June – my mom’s knee was bothering her a little and we had a question about it she should travel the next day – and Melanie Had some sweet advice – she also checked over my son in 2016 when he had a bike fall – she was a great nurse – also
      dependable and smart

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  1. Beautifully done, Yvette. And a most lovely tribute to your late friend.
    Life is definitely full of landmines. You just never know when you will land on yours… So yes, LIVE LIFE!

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    1. I like the landmines word – so fitting – and hope this comes out right – but “dale knows grief” and so your comment means more to me as it is underpinned with the residence and modeling of ” living life”

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    1. Oh thanks Di and we still plan and are mindful of past and present – but being in the now snd gratfufk for life!
      Air in the lungs and a heart beat is a very good thing

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  2. Words don’t come readily, Yvette. This was such a surprise. There I was (yes, I have previously admired the photo 🙂 ) thinking about your father to son words, when you hit me with the news of this lovely lady’s death. So young and so beautiful. I’m so sorry.

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    1. Thanks very much for noting the humor because I tried to not be “gloom and doom” and did ponder how to add a touch of humor and think i was able to do it then (whew)

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    1. Thanks jillyfunnel- and yesterday morning I heard a show that said Mozart wrote some funeral songs (I did not know that) and he even wrote a poem for his dead bird –
      But if I had known I might have chosen Mozart and not Mcgraw – so your comment makes me appreciate the song choice ! /

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  3. That’s a beautiful, inspiring tribute, Y.
    Someone relatively close to me lost both parents this month and I’ve been considering writing something similar, but I just couldn’t find the right words. But I have been thinking a lot about how short and unpredictable life is, and how we often forget to appreciate and make the best of it. So thank you for sharing this. ❤

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment and honored to have shared something timely and useful – sorry for your friends’s losses –
      And hope the right words come to you at the right time –

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  4. I thought of votives, to commemorate the dead, in my piece, too, if only briefly…I love this explanation of the chemistry of grief. So sorry for your loss and for that of her family.


    1. yes – and I LOVED your entry (and think I left a comment) and I am not sure how long you have been doing the FF (or blogging in general) but it is like you dropped down and brought rainbows and seltzer with you!

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  5. This one touched my heart, Yvette. Melanie was a beautiful young woman, and I’m sure she was awesome.
    The death of someone we know always reminds us of our own mortality. Beautifully written tribute to one who left us too soon.

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  6. What a great tribute to your friend, even though you didn’t know her too well, she meant a lot to your mom and your son in taking care of them. It always makes us pause and reflect on life – spiritually and physically. Beautiful post, Yvette!

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