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Growing pains

A woman in her seventies has lost movement in half of her right side, her will to walk and, recently, her partner. Her mind and emotions though, are constantly in motion.

“I will be out of town for three to four days.”
“Why do you have to go now?”
“We’ve talked about this.”
“Is it really necessary?”
“You’ve known the reasons for two weeks now.”
“You don’t have to go.”
“You’re not being left alone, not one bit. There are three people right here. I’m not running away either.”

She slumps in her wheelchair. Het misgivings are swirling in her silence and her eyes are fixed to the floor.

“See you in a few days.”

“How are you?”
“How was it for you?”
“Very nice. I can feel my confidence returning.”
“That’s wonderful!”

“What happened yesterday?”
“Why were you so distant while yapping on the phone?”
“I think i was just disappointed that you were not coming back yesterday itself.”
“Oh… How are you feeling now?”
“I know i can stay on my own now!”


Published by appamprawns

soni writes about children and people in controlled spaces, in his quest for appam stew. homi writes in the hope of being able to buy prawns to make patiyo.

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