White-out Days

White-out days when she stumbled, her grip on reality was elusive. Crisp days of visibility when the ground felt solid beneath her feet.  Edith never knew which one the next day would bring when she fell into sleep each night.  She either rose shrouded inside a mist of forgotten-ness or embraced by the light of clarity.

“Good morning,” her husband said with a mixed expression.

His familiar kiss brought comfort.

“What day is it?” she asked.

“It’s Thursday, dear,” he soothed.

She sighed.  “A long stretch away.”

“Don’t worry.  I’ll always be here to hold the ladder,” he said.

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story.  It’s ‘easier said than done’ but a lot of fun! The photo this week was provided by our host, Rochelle.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here.

Thank you for stopping by.  Stay safe, stay well!

 

50 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I liked the way you made the landscape a metaphor for her mental state

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. Thank you, Neil!

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  2. draliman says:

    I liked his “mixed expression”, not knowing how she’ll be that day.

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    1. I’m very glad you noticed that detail. Each day is a mystery. Thanks so much, Ali!

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  3. That was just lovely – especially the last line.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan!

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  4. plaridel says:

    i couldn’t imagine how tough it is for her and her husband to be in a challenging situation like this.

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    1. It is difficult, but they have each other. Thank you for reading and for commenting, Plaridel. =)

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  5. msjadeli says:

    That last line is so poignant, Brenda. May we all have a someone who will hold the ladder for us ❤

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    1. Very true! Thank you for your nice comments. =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        🙂 you’re welcome

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  6. Dale says:

    This was so lovely… and I love her husband…

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    1. Thank you so much, Dale, for your kind comment. I love her husband too. 🙂 My elderly parents are both struggling greatly. They are in the US and I’m stuck (sheltering-in-place) here in France. This story was inspired by my siblings who are there holding the ladder (as always).

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      1. Dale says:

        As long as someone is holding the ladder! xo

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  7. Tannille says:

    He sounds like a real rock.
    Great use of language B!

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    1. Yes, he is. Thank you so much, T! 🙂

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  8. A great take on the prompt and the husband sounds like an amazing person!

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice comment. We all hope that when the day comes, we have someone holding the ladder so we don’t fall don’t we.

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      1. Beautifully said, couldn’t agree more (:

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  9. Nobbinmaug says:

    That’s love. There are going to be days that’s a hard promise to keep.

    Excellent use of metaphor to peek into her struggle.

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    1. It will be hard but he is true. Thanks so much for your kind comment!

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  10. James McEwan says:

    Living with memory impairment is just dreadful, at least there is some support.

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    1. It is difficult for sure, but much more bearable with support. Thank you for commenting, James.

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Lovely story, lovely metaphor, especially the last line which is very moving. Beautifully done, Brenda.

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    1. Thank you so much, Penny, for your encouraging comments!

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  12. doodletllc says:

    So very beautiful…this is what a lasting love looks like.

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    1. Very true. Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment. =)

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  13. Iain Kelly says:

    Tough on her, even more so I can imagine on her husband, wondering what to expect and watching her drift away from him. Great writing.

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    1. Thank so much, Iain. That’s certainly true that it’s difficult for the one who watches their loved one drift away.

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  14. Dear Brenda,

    What a lovely, poignant and altogether heartbreaking story. Loved the metaphor of the ladder.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you so much, Rochelle. I hope you are well!

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  15. Living in Florida I see – or used to see since COVID – many elderly who lovingly cared for each other.
    God Bless the angels who are there to hold the ladder. My hubby included.
    Beautifully written and extremely touching, Brenda. I loved this.
    Be safe … Be Healthy … Be Happy 😍
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Amen! Thank you for the sweet comments, Isadora. I hope you and yours are staying safe as well. 🙂

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      1. It’s a struggle to stay away from family and friends but in the end I’m sure it will be worth it. Hubby and I are high risk so we’re not taking any chances. Funny, I won’t enjoy the work that gatherings can bring since life has been just a ‘Life of Two.’ 😎

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      2. It certainly is a struggle to stay away, but it’s the wise course of action for my husand and I as well. On the one hand, life being simple is not a bad thing. 🙂

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      3. Amen 🙏 to enjoying the quiet times.

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  16. Ann Coleman says:

    Just lovely! Some days, we all need someone to hold the ladder…..

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    1. We certainly do. I’m happy you enjoyed the story. Thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂

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  17. ahtdoucette says:

    Such a bittersweet story. I love the ladder metaphor. We all need people like this in our lives at times.

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    1. We certainly do, I know I do! Thank you for your kind comments! 🙂

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  18. Sandra says:

    Beautifully executed Brenda. He sounds like a keeper.

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    1. He certainly does! Thank you so much, Sandra.

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  19. I found the story very touching, felt the tenderness between them.. Well done.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and found it to be touching. Have a nice week! 🙂

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  20. granonine says:

    What a kind and caring husband. I think we all dread the possibility of some sort of dementia. You’ve described it so well.

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    1. He is indeed a kind and caring husband! Thank you, Linda, for your encouraging comment on the writing.

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  21. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh such a tough time. He sounds very loving. What a hard time for them both. Sad too.

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    1. This time of life is indeed difficult, made a bit easier with loving support. Thank you for commenting, Laurie.

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