After the initial determination, I read everything I could find. All that did was to scare me even more. One dire prognosis after another, stripping away every strand of hope from my grasp.
Since then, it’s been a book you read in reverse, so you understand less as the pages turn.
At first, other than his father, there was no one to talk with, no one I thought would understand. I feared that every one would look at him differently, treat him differently. So I said nothing. Even now, only a few trusted friends have been told.
He did changed. Not in a way you could say it was A or B, but in the way he reacted to a deviation in his routine, or by something odd he’d say that didn’t seem to fit the situation. Then there was the pacing, and sleepless nights.
Initially, I didn’t know how to help him. There was no magic pill, no big words to say, no waving of hands over him. There were no rules. This was never going to be a clean fight. There was no going back, only the unknown going forward.
What I did know is that I love him, unconditionally. I also know I can’t change his future, only be there to ease his way.
Oh, and I know I need to stop reading…
For the IndieInk Writing Challenge this week, Kurt challenged me with “Since then, it’s been a book you read in reverse, so you understand less as the pages turn.” – The Shins, “Pink Bullets.” and I challenged Alyssa Reyans with “Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants won’t help.” – Calvin and Hobbs
Trifecta, a weekly one-word prompt, challenges writers to use that word in its third definition form, using no less than 33 words or no more than 333. The week’s prompt is: Clean [adj. \ˈkleen] 3 c: observing the rules: fair
For Story Dam, an online writing community offering weekly and monthly writing prompts. This week’s theme is: Free Write!
20 thoughts on “In reverse”
Really well done, Tara. Tight, powerful, and intimate. New fan… 🙂
I get about knowing too much sometimes. Thanks for sharing this emotional story.
That’s a great challenge;”it’s been a book you read in reverse, so you understand less as the pages turn” and a great response to it as well. I love your portrayal of unconditional love here. Nice write. Thanks for linking up with us and hope to see you at the weekend.
Wow! Three prompts and one story – all in one, and a beautiful and heartbreaking story indeed. You are right about reading all the info and getting an information overload – sometimes it just doens’t help.
The story reads true – whether it is or isn’t. Good job,
Unconditionally i so important.
Well done. This is beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.
Beautifully done – I love how you fit both prompts into this. I really like the image of reading the book backwards. Neat concept.
This was deep and full of love.
A really beautiful piece of writing Tara….very touching. ~Joy
Wow, that’s a lot packed into a short piece. Well done.