Saturday, July 20, 2013

Knowing


He knew the time was close, and asked me to stay with him. I sat and held his hand, as he talked through the dark night.

He told me stories from a life well lived, filled with much experience. At dawn, as he finally closed his eyes, he whispered, “I see it all now. I understand.”

Looking upon his now still and peaceful face, I knew that he did.

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris
Picture: Photobucket


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Word Prompt: Wisdom

41 comments:

  1. Ann, your 5 sentences fictions are always so beautiful, this one included.
    It leaves me with a nice peaceful feeling.
    Have a peaceful weekend.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. I try to be true to life. Life and its effect on those in it moves me.

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    1. Thanks. Sometimes we find understanding when we least expect it. We can pass some wisdom on, if we try.

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  3. Your tale is awesome!

    It is true! Wisdom envelopes us as a cloak knitted by time, and a shroud is the epitome of human wisdom, after it comes the universal knowledge.

    I like the sweet way you tell this story.

    Thank you!

    Od Liam

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    1. Well said. Thank you for your comments; I am glad this spoke to you so clearly. Hugs.

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  4. a sweet take on the old movies when the afflicted slipped easily into transition.

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    1. Actually, this was taken from a real experience, as an elderly friend slipped from this life to one of understanding.

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  5. Not being alone is a good thing too. This is the way I wish to go.

    Have a terrific weekend. :)

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    1. I just hope I someday understand that which I do not now.

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  6. May we all slip so easily into that understanding.

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  7. To sit with someone dear while they are undertaking the journey from this life to the next is the greatest gift we can give, Annie. Mother Teresa knew this! As we get older things do seem to fall into place more, but there is still much we won't understand until we can see the whole picture some day. I look forward to passing over to a place of wisdom and peace, you wrote about it so beautifully here! I wish that all death could be just like this. It is as it should be. You were a blessing to this friend.

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    1. Josie, when I was young, I worked in a Catholic retirement home. I knew several nuns like the great Mother Teresa. There are many unsung heroes who walk her path. I saw this scenario many times. I was also able to be there for some as they passed. Sometimes there is a sense of understanding "the big picture", a knowing". In that, there is a peace.

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  8. It is truly amazing that an entire story can be told in five sentences.

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  9. Lovely.

    Oh how I hope when I take my few last breaths that someone kind will be holding my hand.

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    1. It happens, Beth. It is a special connection for both.

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  10. Whoa. That reminds me so much of my dear Aunt who passed away last year.

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  11. I have been through that moment with my father. It brought back some memories.

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  12. This is beautiful and peaceful. Words for this day. Thanks!

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  13. You are amazing. Five sentences from you are better than a lot of books.

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    1. Thank you for that. I appreciate your very generous comment.

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  14. Very good. That situation can bring so much wisdom.

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  15. Very beautiful. I truly believe that is the way it will be. We will understand our life at the end!

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    1. I believe this, too. Until then, we are to keep learning and growing.

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  16. I hope that is true, that we will understand. I really am going to have to try my hand at the five-sentence story. You always do it so well, and I really admire your expertise. Janet

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  17. I too will try the five sentence story. You do it beautifully.

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    1. I really enjoy trying to be succinct.

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  18. Oh that we may all slip so peacefully!

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    1. I think that is when we gain wisdom.

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  19. What a beautiful take on the prompt. While sparse in creation your five sentences are nonetheless powerful and heartfelt. What a lovely piece.

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    1. Thank you. I try to be succinct and concise. I want to be true to the challenge.

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  20. Don't we all long for that kind of understanding when our journey is over. Lovely piece, McGuffy.

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    1. Thank you, Jayne. We can hope & believe.

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