Surprised by a burst of spontaneity.  Beauty in bushland.

Surprised by a burst of spontaneity. Beauty in bushland.

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down – a famous song is a truth.

A SLIVER OF LAUGHTER IN EVERY DAY will transform the journey and life is a journey.

The very elderly man had not spoken for many months and the nurse who cared for him in the nursing home genuinely felt for him and was both proficient and kindly but he sat, outwardly contented, but totally silent.

One morning, she tripped, and a tray of plastic cups upended and an assortment of brightly coloured containers rattled and bounced around the room.   She watched them for a moment and then with a rare moment of spontaneity from this dedicated woman, she burst out laughing, clapped her hands and said, ‘Oops!.

The old man laughed. She looked at him.  His face was transformed.

Every day from that time onward they would share a few moments simply to laugh together.  She would act out pantomime situations and in every way found her time with him was more joyful than proficient.

She was with him on the day he died.   She held his hand and clearly heard him laugh and say ‘oops!’ before he closed his eyes.

      A moment in time but a memory to last forever.


About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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