Five Minute Friday: Graceful

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      1. Write for 5 minutes flat ā€“ no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

 

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Today’s Prompt: Graceful

 

I worked in a nursing home for years and watched age take its toll on both bodies and spirits. Those hoping for a graceful exit rarely got one. They fought against time, against teeth that fell out and slowing limbs and soft edges on the corners of their mind. Old age became a returning of sorts, to child-like dependence. A time when your meat must be cut for you and you must wait your turn for a trip to the toilet.

It tore me up.

It made me want to fight the passing of time with a rebel yell, to gather every bit of fear over a quiet exit, and shove it under the walker waiting in the closet. Watching the slow fade, the giving in to the inevitable, made me want to grab every moment with as much life and verve as possible. Forget a graceful acceptance. Forget taking one last walk into the woods, a slipping into eternity.

I’ll fight it and go down in a blaze of glory.

Stop.

Well, this isn’t exactly what I thought would come out with this prompt, but one never knows what’s lurking in shadows. Do you hope for a graceful fading or will you face the passage of time in a full out blaze?

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  • Hi Kimberley, thanks for this post. I loved the way you crafted both word and content in five minutes in a way that made me think and question. Thank you.

  • Coming from Five Minute Friday. I love your post, love how you wrote it. I would fight as well, I want to make most of life. I want to enjoy EVERY second I have.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Your writing is descriptive and gentle and graceful. I can relate with your thoughts as I’ve experienced the same thing. And it’s the preservation of our dignity as we age that is so crucial, and I’m sure you fought for that for those precious patients. Just beautiful words here!
    ~Jacque

    • Kimberly

      Thanks so much, Jacque:)

  • Thank you for this – it has slowed me down and made me think. Your writing often catches me sideways – this one did too. I am not someone who has gracefully accepted my chronic illness. I know we’re ‘meant to’. I’m just not very good at being accepting of an illness that feels deep down to be utterly wrong.

    But we often think of those who are old as ‘slipping away’ rather than fighting tooth and nail. This has made me wonder whether that impression is just wishful thinking, and the reality, if we were to work in a nursing home, is very much more undigified and scrappy and fighty than we choose to acknowledge.

    • Kimberly

      Tanya, thanks so much for your words. Scrappy and fighty-that’s exactly right. It’s like a war zone in there, people fighting for every last bit of life. You’ve given me even more to think about.

  • Ooooo…I think you need to take this and do something more with it. This feels like the beginning of something important, with some revelation that you have for us–something that will help us rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  • I LOVED this. I hope for a perfect mixture of both actually. Glad you asked. šŸ™‚