Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Resident

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Ted delivered the daily newspaper to the residents of the medical facility with dedication and diligence. As he made his rounds, he always took the time to patiently help others with simple tasks. Now in his seventies, Ted had been a resident of the state hospital system his entire life.  

Once, when asked about his family by a hospital employee, Ted looked perplexed. Firmly and emphatically, he answered, “This is my family”.


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Prompt: Family 

21 comments:

  1. Annie, nice story about the hospital...looks like a hotel!

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    1. It is a medical residential facility. I didn't want Ted to live in a prisonlike facility of days-of-old. However, I did want it to be real. I used to work in facilities where some of the people were lifelong residents. This is written for them.

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  2. That's lovely. There are many different kinds of family - as Ted knows!

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  3. What a wonderful yet sad story.

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  4. Yes, they are family.

    The only hospital for leprosy in the US is here in Louisiana, and there are people living there who are in their 70's and older, who have been there since they were children or teens. That is their family, the hospital is their home. The wouldn't want to be anywhere else, they will tell you.

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  5. That's an awesome post!! It is his family, the one he earned from his past!

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  6. Family is defined by so many aspects.

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  7. Ted is probably one of the happiest men alive too! He sounds wonderful.

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  8. I love Ted's story. Family is the people we love to be with.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. And most likely a better family than the one who placed him there. I know this is just fiction, but... I have many others in my life, including you, Annie, who I feel are more like family than any of my family ever did. Hugs and love, Janet

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  10. In my opinion you almost...almost outdid yourself. There are other favorite of mine that you have done so I say here ....almost. :-)

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  11. Sadly, this fiction is probably true in so many cases. You always come up with interesting things.

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  12. Sad...sweet...kind of heart breaking but happy, too!

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  13. A lot said and felt in five sentences. Ted is a wise man.

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  14. A nice place for the elderly!

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  15. All different kinds of "family"... I almost prefer cats ;)

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  16. Well written. I think Ted really knew who his "real family" was in this piece.

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  17. love that there can be many kinds of "family" -- what a lovely serving heart Ted has!!

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  18. You do these five sentences very well...I may have to look into joining this one day.

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