Tale Weaver – #269 – Confinement – 2nd April.

For Michael’s challenge this week:

In most places around the world at present we are living, in one form or another, a life of social distancing or social isolating.

This week compose a story/poem that deals with the notion of confinement.

Are there positive qualities or more negative ones? It’s certainly testing most people’s resolve.

In the early days of their marriage everything was great. They both had good jobs, could afford a decent car each, foreign holidays, had a lovely home with all mod cons and a few extra gadgets to impress their friends.
When the baby came along, they were excited new parents, unable to believe they had created this beautiful human being out of their love.
Sleepless nights, frustrations about the physical side of their relationship, or lack of it, reduced income and not being able to socialise as often as they had, things changed, as did they.
Purely by chance he was offered a new job and although it was more money, it meant shift work.
It worked perfectly as she could get the baby into a routine without having to worry about him, and he could relax when he came home as baby and wife were asleep. He didn’t even mind sleeping in the spare room.
Then he had the accident and was confined to a wheelchair.
They had to sell the cars and house, their lifestyle completely altered and they suffered a drastic reduction in income. They lost their friends and she had to go back to work leaving him to run the home and look after their child.
It was a difficult time, but somehow they managed to get through it. Each found an inner strength they didn’t know they possessed and accepted the reversal of roles. They made new friends, people who accepted them as they were, not chancers who took everything and gave little in return.
Sometimes, albeit few, they thought back to the days before everything was turned on its head, but both agreed they would not change what they had now. There was more to life than the material trimmings.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Tale Weaver – #269 – Confinement – 2nd April.

  1. Such a beautiful story. Is it based on a true story? I think sometimes when hard times come people give up. Sometimes it is just putting the effort in and seeing your partner put effort in, to reconnect and find a common ground again.

  2. Michael says:

    You are so right Di, there is a lot more to life than material possessions, as nice as they may be.

  3. Sadje says:

    I love this story of courage.

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