Sore and tired, he slowly lowers his old bones down to his bed. He yawns and stretches, then lays his grizzled head down. He doesn’t understand how his routine walk got to be so difficult.
As he drifts off into sleep, his feet move, remembering when it was easy. Once again, he is just a pup running through the grass.
Story & Photo: McGuffy Ann Morris
Grits, age 13 years
inspired by the word prompt
The orphaned newborn kitten was very sickly from the start. Unable to breathe, she had to be fed with a syringe every 1-2 hours.
Slowly, like a delicate flower, the kitten began to blossom. Her funny little ways filled heart and home with expanding love and joy.
And, so her name became Chloe, which means “blooming”.
Five lines or less
using the word prompt:
She knew that it can be good or bad that when things are different. Things can be better than we anticipated. However, things can be worse than we ever imagined.
This was the reason she believed that time can make all the difference. In her heart, she was at peace that time is fueled by hope.
By: McGuffy Ann Morris
Five lines or less,
using the word prompt:
Loved by everyone, Emma had lived in the nursing home for many years. However, the ravages of emphysema now kept her confined to her room. Every day, the nurses put her through difficult, but necessary breathing treatments.
Happy when it was over, Emma would carefully climb back into her bed. She would say with a weary smile, “I need a breather from those treatments!”
Story*: McGuffy Ann Morris
*This is dedicated to my real-life friend, “Emma”. She was 79 years old and quite ill with emphysema when I met her. I was nineteen years old, working in a Catholic nursing home. She and I became very close in the short time I was honoured by her friendship.
Five lines using the word prompt
Sharing art in all of its forms!
By Melissa Cistaro
This book is a very poignant story of a girl growing up without a mother. The truly heartbreaking thing is that the author’s mother chose to leave her. Melissa Cistaro shares how it was to go grow up with this knowledge.
Throughout her life, Melissa’s mother would come back into her life, only to leave again. In this heartbreaking memoir, the author shares how her mother’s choices affected her. She consistently struggled to connect with her mother but was never quite able to. Melissa tried to find answers as to why her mother kept leaving, and also how to make her stay.
In her mother’s final days, Melissa travels to her bedside. She still hoped to find answers and perhaps a meaningful connection. She finds some unsent letters and searches through them. The letters are to various people in her mother’s life. In the letters, Melissa finally finds some insight into her mother’s thinking.
This book is a painful portrait of a girl abandoned by a very self-centered woman. However, in spite of her mother’s ways, Melissa manages to form a life very different than what she knew. This story also shows how what our parents give us does not have to define us. We decide what does that.
A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital
By Alexandra Robbins
This book follows four nurses through one year of hospital nursing. Four very different women share their stories in their own voices, from their own perspective. They bravely reveal what it means to be a nurse today.
The nurses in this narrative shares both personal and professional issues. Sam is a first-year nurse who must fight for her place in a tight, sorority atmosphere of nurses. Lara is trying to save her nursing career as she battles prescription addiction. Molly takes a fearless stand against the hospital policies put upon nurses. Juliette is a nurse who will do whatever it takes to be a solid advocate for her patients.
These real women do their best to navigate the world of medicine as they try to make a difference. The raw portraits are sometimes difficult to read but are honest and brave. However, their stories are both interesting and thought provoking.