Trifecta Challenge: Blind

This week’s Trifecta Challenge word is blind with the following meaning:

a : having no regard to rational discrimination, guidance, or restriction <blind choice>

b : lacking a directing or controlling consciousness <blindchance>

c : drunk

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.

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8 Responses to Trifecta Challenge: Blind

  1. I know her memories are good ones, but it still makes me sad that she doesn’t have more to keep her in the present.

  2. Beautifully detailed. I enjoyed reading this piece. The words lifted from the screen to my imagination.

  3. kgwaite says:

    The image of her on the boat with the paints is lovely. I love the two perspectives here–that of the mother and that of her daughter.

  4. Annabelle says:

    How sad. You do a great job evoking the past era her mind is living in.

  5. Imelda says:

    Although the situation is sad, I am glad that there are those happy memories to light her days.
    Beautiful and poignant writing as usual, Sandra.

  6. Christine says:

    This was sad, and sweet, and very believable. I especially like the last paragraph.

  7. Trifecta says:

    This is really pretty. I love the specificity of the memories. Thoughtful and thought-provoking. Nice job.

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