Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for . . . YET SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

Welcome to The Blogging from A-Z Challenge April 2014! This year, I’m offering up a story – each one 100 words or fewer - for each letter of the alphabet.

Some are heartfelt, poignant, sweet. Others are…not. 

I hope you enjoy them.
*****

YET SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

Clara fumbles her hat, her scarf. Arthritis slows her, doesn’t stop her. She finally maneuvers her wheelchair to the big glass doors. She smiles at the blizzard outside, pretends she’s in a snow globe.

The doors slide open, close. Orderlies and nurses rush, changing shifts. Clara must hurry. She’ll be spotted, scolded, taken back to her room.

She wheels herself into the storm, the cold breath-taking, memory-giving. She sticks out her tongue, catching snowflakes as delicate as lace, as fleeting and fragile as life.

She nods, satisfied. They still taste the way they did when she was a girl.

*****

29 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad she slipped out and enjoyed the snow for a moment!

Susan Kane said...

Clara and her one last chance to taste snow...Will she be dragged back? Or, will she insist on living her last moments in the snow?

Jay Noel said...

At first, I thought this was a cute little story. But the fact that she's out in a blizzard makes me think she's not out there just for a few seconds.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Alex - me, too.

Susan - I wonder….

Jay - maybe, maybe not.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I can just picture Clara with snowflakes on her tongue.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Rachna - I'm glad to hear that. :)

Chrys Fey said...

This one had a sweet ending. I could visualize the blizzard and snowflakes.

My grandmother's name was Clara. She died when I was two from Ovarian cancer. I wouldn't have wanted her in a nursing home, but I liked reading this one and picturing her as she would be today.

Crystal Collier said...

Aw! How sweet. Madeline, how do you take in such a huge scope of human emotion? Your range is amazing. Love this!

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Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Chrys - I really like the image of the older woman acting like a little girl out in the snow.

Crystal - thank you so much. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Beautifully written. I love the way you pack so much into so few words!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Brought a few tears to my eyes. Getting old sucks.

Julie Flanders said...

I thought this was a sweet one too but then I also have this nagging thought that she's out in the blizzard because she wants to die in the snow. Although if that's the case I'm glad she got to feel like a kid again for just a minute!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Stephanie - thank you!

Susan - at least she got to feel happy in those moments.

Julie - I think you've been reading too much of my creepy stuff. I do write "nice" stories once in awhile! Now, is this one of them? Hmm…. :)

Anonymous said...

Aww, I love this one. Captures how we should never forget to be young no matter what the age.

~Patricia Lynne~
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, YA Author

Sophie Duncan said...

That is sad and happy at the same time :)
Sophie
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Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Patricia, Sophie - thank you!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Uh oh, I'm afraid Clara is heading for an unhappy end....of course, if she planned it that way...

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Patricia - maybe it won't be so bad….

Jolie du Pre said...

Wow! This is one of your best ones yet!

Unknown said...

I can picture this story so well. Very well written :)

Phoenix said...

I agree with Patricia- love how it captures that drive to live (not waste away).

Manzanita said...

A delightful story. You have the ocean behind you but perhaps you yearn for the snow.
Thank you for working on the challenge this year.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Jolie, Kim, Phoenix - thank you!

Manzanita - well, I like to look at the snow but I definitely don't want to be out in it. :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful story - I have bad arthritis, so I linked in immediately. Good ending because it leaves you wondering.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sayling - so sorry about your arthritis! I am glad the story worked for you, though.

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Yay for a little escape - go Clara. :)
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings - AtoZ (Vampires)
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Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Tasha - :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love this piece, my favorite of the month! Thank you for sharing his sweet moment of snowflake goodness and bright energy. :)
BTW, I just an across a 10 words or less fiction contest called A Very Short Story, and thought you might want to check it out. http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/10W.php

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Tyrean - I'm glad you enjoyed this story! And thank you for the link to the contest. :)