Curtain: Six Sentence Stories

As we got closer, the blue sky was obliterated and headlights were needed in the middle of the day to negotiate through the pollution that hung low to the ground like a fog rolling in from the sea.

Chipping and tapping sounds could be heard, becoming louder as we neared the wall. There was a sense of great excitement. The crowd, wielding hammers and pick axes, were euphoric as they battered their tools into the brightly painted surface  obtaining souvenirs for themselves as they demolished  the cement barrier at the Brandenburg Gate.

We joined in, swept up in the celebrations. We wanted our own piece of history as the iron curtain was swept aside.

Thank you to Denise for hosting SSS

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© irene waters 2018

My piece of Berlin wall. I didn’t have the thrill of being there myself but my husband happened to be visiting his sister in Germany at the time and he and her husband made the memorable trip.

 

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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35 Responses to Curtain: Six Sentence Stories

  1. Rebel Girl says:

    Lucky you! A wonderful piece of history.

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  2. What an historic event and while you were not physically there, you’ve managed to describe the scene as if you were! Excellent descriptors. Very well done 6, I thoroughly enjoyed this.

    You’re welcome, Irene! Thank you for participating 🙂

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  3. valj2750 says:

    Amazing to own a piece of history that you can hold in your hand. Your writing made me feel the depth of the fog and the spirit of the moment.

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  4. very cool Six!
    (the story was sensually engaging*) and… and! being a page from an actual history book complete with an artifact.
    nice

    *in the more general sense, of course!

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  5. An enjoyable story, Irene. An amazing keepsake you have there. We saw a large piece of the Berlin Wall when we were in the UK last year. We also saw a piece of the World Tower – that was a very poignant sight.

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  6. Yes, a very well done and interesting six. I am glad your husband was able to take part, even if he has lost his part.

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  7. UP says:

    Fascinating piece of history! It went up
    And came down in our lifetimes

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  8. I’m glad to see your piece of Berlin wall. My husband bought a piece also. The owner of the shop said he took a chunk of the wall and carve it into pieces. I was afraid that everything was made in China!! Our tour guide said she was among the people who hammered the wall.
    We took a trip to Germany and Austria, starting from Berlin to Vienna. My heart was so heavy in Berlin, and it gets lighter as we went south. I was happy that ended in Vienna where I visited Mozart’s birthplace and Strauss Jr’s statue and went to the Mozart/Strauss concert.
    My husband was born in New South Wales. We went to Australia some years ago, visited Sydney, Blue Mountain, then he dived in Great Barrier Reef, visited Port Douglas and Cape Tribulations.
    Nice meeting you here!

    Like

  9. A wonderful personal glimpse of an incredible moment in history! I lived in Germany during the mid-1970’s when it was still divided East and West. I cheered when that wall came down, I think we all did.

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  10. Pat B says:

    What a historical SSS!

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