from the rest of the world
by the color of the wallpaper,
or lack thereof.
That southern hospitality is refreshing
after so many years in London.
The stuffed animal in her grasp
is named ‘Dog’.
When asked why, she says
"are you blind, it is a dog after all."
When the aide handed her a night gown
she asked if it was for sale.
He told her it was a gift,
but she could not accept it.
However, if he wanted to lend it to her
that would be “lovely”.
The aide was actually a woman.
When we told her so she replied,
“Well, she was a man
when he gave it to me.”
We laughed and she said, “Oh lovely then”
and laughed with us
while clapping her hands.
I can’t tell you how old she was;
any age beyond 80 would do.
I can’t tell you how crazy she was.
I imagine more than a little.
Needless to say,
I liked her immediately.
I'm about to just say "wow" and almost leave it at that, but I can't.
You wrote a character seen in steps of prose, yet one who is quick to speak her piece and laugh.
I can only send a message up somewhere that I can be like that at over eighty. Thank you.
She was quite an inspiration to be sure. I’d only sat with her a couple of times when I wrote this, or rather it wrote itself. Anyway I’m not sure if that’s a compliment to me or her, but I appreciate it all the same. I also appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, thank you
You know, this is incredibly heartwarming and yet there is a touch of sadness. All of the little details that make this woman alive, and even more so knowing that she exists.
Everything about this speaks of fall, even the title. It seems to ruminate about the declining years of life, while stating that all is not yet over. There's still plenty of color and joy before the winter finally comes.
Heartwarming and sad pretty much sums it up in my opinion. Her personality and sense of humor drew me in and then her situation bummed me out. I’m glad this one got some attention though, kind of like shining a light on her. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, thank you
Well, this is a wonderful comment. I thank you for that. I’m extremely glad you enjoyed it. She was just a chance encounter, one I could’ve easily missed. I observed from a distance at first, had no intention or will to actually meet her, but the aides were very busy trying to get her setup, before I knew it she was standing at my table. This piece came together pretty quickly after that