How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Flash in the Pan – Contemplative


Katie leaned over the steaming crockpot and stirred the thick chicken stew. She closed her eyes. The blended aromas of garlic and thyme floated into the air. Ah, heaven. Her mouth watered. Jazz music played softly in her butter yellow kitchen. Katie straightened, cocked her head, and turned.


Billy Halliday crooned on. Before the wooden spoon struck the counter with a thwack, Katie tore down the hallway.

“Hi, Mom. You’re out of bed—great. How’s the fever?” She leaned forward. “Forehead feels cool. Want some tea?”

MB900442402The woman in the chair sat straight and stiff as a statue. Only her eyes moved, scrutinizing the busy, talking blonde’s face. Even as her heart threatened to choke her, Katie grew contemplative. In an instant, her mother’s watery eyes dripped weaving rivers down her face.

“What is it darling?” Katie whispered.


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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

18 thoughts on “Flash in the Pan – Contemplative

  1. Poignant flash, Tess. Very well done. xxx


  2. Very nice…made me jump right into the moment…good job!


  3. How terrible. All the more because we know it’s possible…


  4. Oh man Tess!!!
    That must be so heart wrenching!!
    I hope I never have to experience that with my mom.
    Beautifully written!!


  5. How very sad, I know someone who experiences this with her mum. Very well written Tess, you took us right to the emotion.


  6. I visit someone in a Frail Care Centre and your story describes her perfectly. Heart breaking stuff.
    Hi… got to you via 68Ghia – love your attitude – I’m one of those ‘seniors’ LOL


    • Thank you d1nx. Nice to meet you. You look mighty spiffy for ‘one of those seniors’. By the way, I’m still a senior in training. LOL.
      Anyone can cry into their wineglass; it won’t change anything. Might as well enjoy the wine without salt water added.


  7. Oh Tess, this was really good. Put me right into the moment.


  8. oh dear, let’s hope we don’t end up like that.


  9. Beautiful writing, Tess. Touching & powerful.