The golden years

Photo prompt:  copyright BW Beacham

Photo prompt: copyright BW Beacham

The old man scrambled down the riverbank, trying to get to the overturned shopping cart in the water, worried that his groceries were lost.   In his slippers, he waded in losing one in the muck, while trying to upright the broken cart, and remembered that the groceries were in the car.

He plodded toward shore, his eyes searching the roadside for any sign of his car.   Margie would be upset if the milk got warm and turned.   Then it struck him that Margie passed away and he wept as he stumbled along the water’s edge looking for the illusive car.

Friday Fictioneers 5/09/14
Word Count:  100
Many thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers


When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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21 comments on “The golden years
  1. subroto says:

    Very well written. A hint of sadness about dementia creeping in the old man’s life.

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you so much. It is such a shame that a person works all his live and then spends his golden years with dementia. Again, thank you. Lucy

  2. Alice Audrey says:

    How awful for him. You captured the confusion and distress perfectly.

  3. Very sad and very true. Good job.

  4. What sadness — you capture the confusion and dementia so well..

  5. Sandra says:

    The creep of the storyline echoes the onset of the illness. Well done, Lucy.

  6. Dear Lucy,

    I’m at a loss for words. Suffice it to say, this made me ache, brought tears to my eyes and will linger in my mind for some time. Your title is perfect.



  7. Lucy, I know the sadness and heartbreak of dementia and you captured it so very well. My mother had Alzheimer’s from about her early 70’s until she died at almost 93. She had totally forgotten that my dad had died. She wondered why he didn’t come to visit her at the nursing home. I told her he was on a trip. I believe in a way that was true.


  8. Shandra says:

    This is so true. Thank you for doing such a lovely job.

  9. Confusion and old age, slippers and lost love – death. Great job.

  10. You penned a heart-breaker here, Lucy. Very good!


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