This week’s Trifecta Challenge word is blind with the following meaning:
Note: I actually do use this meaning but took the liberty of using an alternate “blind” meaning as well. TWO blinds! I like to think I still qualify:)
She’d become blind to the present. It was the past that pierced her vision as sharply as the last white sunrays out her bedroom window.
And she’d become blind to all advice to eat well; she would lie there on her bed, forgetting to warm up some meal from the freezer. Her balance so precarious now, meals had become an ordeal, even though her daughter baked her chicken and roasted vegetables so that life could be as simplified as placing the compartmentalized plastic containers in the microwave. All she would need was a fork.
Unlike that dull simplicity of her days now, those past visions were striking. The one of the rowboat her parents bought her after her older brother died at age 17 of strep. Back then, 80-plus years ago, there was no cure for strep. But she remembered him well. In dreams, she saw him standing before her with their beloved German shepherd. A striking young boy who had adored his little sister. The one with ridiculous starched bows in her hair as in the torn brown-and-white old photo her daughter kept framed in her own house.
She remembered the rowboat and the her first box of oil paints. How she wiled away that grieving summer, alone, in a boat. She could drift off back into that dream, but she would be with her brother tossing sticks into the lake for the dog to retrieve, and she was ok with forgetting to warm up her dinner.