Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Seeing Yourself Clearly

This is my contribution to the Three Word Wednesday prompt. Hope y'all like it!

“You shouldn’t be worrying with breakfast,” Tyler said, kissing his mother on the cheek and squeezing her arm in reassurance. “We can fend for ourselves.”

“I know you can, dear, but I need something to do,” she replied, wiping a tear from her eye. “I have to stay busy.”

“I understand. It was always that way,” Tyler agreed, remembering other breakfasts during times of crisis, with his mother working furiously at the stove, taking care of everyone else. “But this time is different.”

“We all grieve in our own way, Tyler.”

He knew that tone of voice. His mother was telling him to back off in her own unique way. Tyler couldn’t remember a time in his life when his mother wasn’t a beacon of strength. Everyone thought his father kept the family together, but Tyler knew different. He knew if the roles were reversed, and his father was here today instead of his mother, the whole clan would unravel at the seams.

“Uncle Tyler! Uncle Tyler!”

“Hey, buddy,” Tyler replied, scooping his four-year old nephew up in a bear hug. “What’s up?”

“Will you play outside with us? Everybody else is too busy.”

“Well, buddy, I don’t know,” Tyler said, watching his sisters walk into the room, eyes red-rimmed. “I think your mommy might need me.”

“Eva, Cheryl,” Tyler greeted them. “How are you two holding up?”

“As well as can be expected, I guess,” Eva replied, choking up.

Tyler crossed the room and took her in his arms. “We’ll make it through this, Sis. It won’t be easy, but we will. Dad would want us to.”

Cheryl patted his cheek, said, “You and mom, we always know we can count on you. Kindred spirits, responsible for taking care of the rest of us.”

Tyler smiled sheepishly, glancing at his mom serving up the eggs, realizing for the first time that he was his mother’s son.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Splishing and Splashing

"Come on, Granny!"

"I'm coming, I'm coming," Granny laughed, not minding the incessant pulling on her hand.

"I wanna turn the water on," Maggie said, rushing to the faucet, tripping over the hose in the process. Picking herself up and brushing her knees off, she continued undeterred. A little fall wasn't about to keep Maggie out of the pool today. She had been waiting all week for the rain to
so she could splash in the little pink pool Granny had bought.

"Are you okay?" Granny asked.

"I'm okay," Maggie assured her, turning toward the house to hide the trickle of blood seeping down her skinned knee.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Love is Blind

Blinded by love, one eyeball plucked out at a time.