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“Equality,” A Flash Fiction Memory

Carrot Ranch writing challenge

January 18, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes boots. Whose boots are they, where do they go and what is their significance? Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by January 23, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published January 24). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!


Colleen AF 1976

Colleen, July 1976, Airman Basic, USAF

The sound was faint, but it was definitely there. The rhythmic stomp of combat boots echoed in my memory transporting me back to basic training in July of 1976. I had wanted to prove that I could do anything that a man could. I achieved it, but things still didn’t change for women.

Forty-two years later, our hats are pink, and our boots come in many colors, but our dreams remain the same. Today, the sound of many boots marching gives me hope. We need equal pay for equal work and no sexual discrimination. Some dreams just never die.


Image credit: USA Today.com

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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. I thank God I am born in the generation where people talk on issues that affects humanity.

  2. One day it will be reality not a dream thanks to all the boots that are walking.

  3. Michael B. Fishman

    The sound of those boots marching gives me hope as well and I hope those dreams never die. I really liked this piece and hopefully the next generation won’t have to wait 42 years. Or even 42 months.

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  5. Love the photo, Colleen! Your boots ring loud and clear across time.

  6. I love the way you bring this up to date -even last weekend.

    • Thanks, Viva. My military years seem a lifetime ago. When I saw the women’s march this weekend I knew I would have to add my two cents. LOL! Let’s hope we women finally reach our goals. <3

  7. Reblogged this on strangegoingsonintheshed and commented:
    Colleen’s stand on equality, and what rousing words they are!

  8. Oh I love this Colleen and am with you all the way. The photo is great too! 💖💖💖

  9. Well said Colleen. 🌼

  10. If you don’t dream it, it’ll never become a reality.

  11. Great post, Colleen! 😉👍

  12. How fantastic, Colleen, I would never have guessed you had been in the army.

    • LOL. I served four years in the Air Force. I was in admin, first serving in the Chaplain Corp, and then later working for squadron commanders. My husband served 24 years and retired. The military still takes care of my health care. You never really leave. It’s a way of life. ❤️

  13. Almost there Colleen…I can see that light beckoning us. 🙂

  14. Excellent and timely!

  15. Love, love this Sis! And love the shot of you and R, looks like out of a an old black and white movie 🙂 <3

  16. Hurrah! Thus goes the battle cry to create a better future.

  17. Wonderful flash piece, Colleen. Some dreams never die, and I think we’re getting closer. The images you chose were perfect. 😀

  18. Splendid, Colleen. A great take on the prompt.
    At the march we were talking about how we were still fighting the same battles. Inspiring and tiring.
    Boots made me think of “These boots are made for walking. . .” 🙂

  19. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:
    One of my favorite bloggers and this one cause a need to reblog.

  20. From combat boots to combat boots. Well done, and how… reprehensible, really, that the same battles continue.

    • My exact thoughts. I thought we women would do it back then. Not so. Men in power have always held their finger on our wages, our health, our choices. I only hope it gets better for my grandchildren. <3

  21. Love this Colleen! And your photo!!

  22. Here’s to our dreams coming true

  23. Our time is coming! I can feel it. Lovely flash, darling!

  24. Great flash fiction and very topical. Thanks, Colleen. And yes. We must keep marching on.

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