Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Ageing with Grace.

They walk side by side - one lost in thoughts, the other, losing touch with herself.

One's hand, wrinkled, trembling vigorously from the effects of Parkinson's, clasping a wooden walking stick with fingers that have lost their grip to age and time, and yet, which do their best to hold on, as if for dear life.

The other's hand reaching out to touch, and feel, those who pass by, in whom she searches the one who walks by her side, unbeknownst to her. Her frightened eyes flicking through the crowd, desperately looking for the face she now has trouble remembering, but seeks, nonetheless.

"Grace," he whispers her name in a voice that quivers as much from fear as from oldness, trying to make it heard over the other voices, but fails to get her attention.

Frantic, he looks around and wishes his son had accompanied them on their evening stroll.

It's almost a daily ritual now. Isn't the young man aware of how exhausting this can get?


Word count: 170

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The above post is written for #FictionMonday
This week's prompt: Word Prompt: Stroll

Do join in with your fiction pieces for this fiction writing challenge, brought to you by Vinitha Dileep, of Reflections

15 comments:

  1. Oh this was so sad Shilpa. Ravages of age on the mind and body are such a hard cross to bear and the caregivers need to be present to help out as best as they can. But everyone has their limitation and sometimes one cant be just there.

    Loved the flow of the narration.

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    1. True, everyone has their limitations , but it can be trying for the seniors. You know, I worry about my old age!

      Thanks!

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  2. Such a sorrowful feeling... Well captured.

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  3. Travails of old age. Nicely done, Shilpa.

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  4. This is so heartbreaking and haunting. The pain and helplessness is brilliantly captured, Shilpa. ❤️

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  5. With age,the body and mind grows in a different direction that is not expected. We all need young ones to take care as we age just like the way we take care of them today.

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    1. Right, Geethica. But sadly, most often the youngsters are too busy with life to pay attention :(

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  6. Your story was very touching, Shilpa. Getting old and infirm is a sobering prospect and not something we look forward to. Beautifully written!

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    1. Oh yes, Debbie. it's not something we look forward to, but have to live, whether we want to or no. We can only hope we don't have a bad time.

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  7. Such a tragic tale. Beautifully narrated, S! Growing old comes with so many challenges.

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    1. Thanks, V!
      Yes, old age is so full of trials...it can get lonely fighting those.

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  8. Its sad to see what time does to the body and mind, it is a part of life though. Cherish what you have, thanks for reminding us Shilpa

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Ageing with Grace.

They walk side by side - one lost in thoughts, the other, losing touch with herself. One's hand, wrinkled, trembling vigorously from ...