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Memories (A TRDC Post)

The red dress club writing prompt for today caught my attention and the following piece spilled out before I realized what was happening. The Red Writing Hood prompt today involved a photograph. Go here to read the other entries and see the photo on which this piece is based. Enjoy and thanks for visiting!




Deep breath as I stretch under the duvet. Red and green lights flash at me. Babbles fill the room. Why don’t babies come with a snooze button?


I sit up, sighing. Another deep breath as I reach for the drawer. My hand grips the curved steel to pull it open. Inside, my camera. Right. Today. Scooping it up, I sling it over my shoulder as I slam the drawer shut. I stumble to the bathroom. As I pass Simon’s room, I hear him babbling. It’s more a cooing at this age, really.


I set the camera down on the bathroom sink for safekeeping.




As I wash my hands, I stare at the camera. There have to be pictures. Memories. Things for him to look upon when he’s as big as I am – or bigger. Memories.


I stumble back down the hall stopping just short of his room. Lean against the wall and slide down, the dark wood swallowing me. The camera hits the floor with a thud. Simon stops babbling. He’s listening. My breath catches. I know what’s coming. I know what’s…






I mean, just.. SHIT.




How the hell could I be so fucking stupid? Really? The camera, of COURSE hitting the floor was going to make him scream. And I bet I broke the stupid thing too. I reach back to grab the camera – it’s still in one piece. Take the lens cap off and snap a quick picture to see if it sounds okay. Seems fine.


But I’m not. He’s not. He’s screaming. My breath is faster than a cheetah running across the savanah. My heart – well – it’s the damn Hindenburg. If I stand up, I’ll fall right back down. So I sing. Collapsed outside his room. I sing.


“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine…”


He’s still crying. I’m still panting.


“You make me happy when skies are grey….”


I’m scream singing now. He’s whimpering. I tone it down.


“You’ll never know dear…”


I think I can get up. Hands on the wall, I stand. I reach down to grab the camera and prep it for a shot.


“ How much I love you….”


He’s silent as the door opens. I stare at his tear stained cheeks below the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen.


“Please don’t take my sunshine away.”





Friday Soother 04.15.11: Smiling Blue Skies

Photo Source: "Blue Skies, Smiling At Me" by EJP Photo @flickr.com

Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.

~S. Cisneros~

(Original photo found @flickr.com)

Friday Soother: Unto you is born this day A Saviour


"Christmas" by *Vintage Fairytale* @ flickr.com


“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

~Luke 2:9-12~

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Friday Soother 05.28.10: An Oak tree

"Encina/holm oak" by Antonio Martinez @flickr.com

“The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.”

~Author Unknown~

Friday Soother

I love people. I love my family, my children . . .

but inside myself is a place where I live all alone

and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.

~Pearl S. Buck~