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A Lifetime
Pamela Griffin

After thirty years of marriage, raising three kids, burying a lifetime of pets in the backyard and making ends meet, the day has arrived.

But...

It has arrived not adorned in the selling of this house to buy another in Florida for our retirement.

It has arrived not sadly as we kiss goodbye the grandkids.

It has arrived not even twirling in hilarity as I don a bathing suit that hangs slack around my ample breasts out of proportion to my body...

Instead...

It has arrived with you in a wheelchair, not knowing where we live.

It has arrived with you staring puzzled at a picture of your own children.

It has arrived with your sudden fear of any water even in the sink or bathtub.

So...

After thirty years of marriage, raising three kids, burying a lifetime of pets in the backyard and making ends meet, the day has arrived.

I know I said ‘till death...But whose death were we talking about?

Surely widow’s weeds would have been better than this.

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Posted by Cecilia Miller on Monday, May 30th, 2005 at 9:11 AM
Hauntingly poignant and beautifully expressed.

Posted by Anna McDougall on Monday, May 30th, 2005 at 11:23 AM
Devastating reality for this narrator. From where will she gain inspiration to push through this time?

Posted by Steven Newton on Monday, May 30th, 2005 at 1:11 PM
Nice control of a very unwieldy subject. The right mix of pathos and non-sentimental realism, which is a delicate balancing act; and which is pulled off nicely. An assured, but gentle heartbreaker.

Posted by Steven Newton on Monday, May 30th, 2005 at 1:17 PM
Nice control of a very unwieldy subject. The right mix of pathos and non-sentimental realism, which is a delicate balancing act; and which is pulled off nicely. An assured, but gentle heartbreaker.

Posted by Elaine Little on Monday, May 30th, 2005 at 5:49 PM
This narrator hurts. Man, she hurts. I am currently dealing with my dad in a similar situation, but the closeness of these two is even more painful than I can imagine. There are definitely some things that can be worse than death...

Posted by Martin Heavisides on Monday, May 30th, 2005 at 10:01 PM
Lovely story, Pamela. Glad I opened this thread on a prompt from Ginger's Office in Zoe.

Posted by Yajaira Castillo on Tuesday, May 31st, 2005 at 2:39 AM
Such a beautifully composed reminder of something many of us can undoubtedly relate to. Beautiful, painful and stinging with truth - such is life. Superb job.

Posted by Heather Eigler on Tuesday, May 31st, 2005 at 2:06 PM
a sad truth so many face.....great job Pamela! (I'm another wanderer from Ginger's office)



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