I was working the morning shift alone at Wild Birds Unlimited a few years ago, when a woman came in looking for a hummingbird feeder. The sadness behind her steel blue eyes was apparent. When I escorted her to the area where the feeders were displayed, she began to tell me that her husband had recently passed away.
The following link will take you to a flash fiction piece I wrote based on her experience. Although my story is fiction, the inspiration for the piece came from the woman I met in the store that day.