His name was Barry and he lived not far from me in an old house that seemed to be sinking into the ground.
He was for the most part a poor miserable soul. Any time you inquired as to his health you received a litany of ailments you regretted asking him about.
He had always appeared old to me. He couldn’t have been that old when I first met him. He was one of those men who appeared old; he probably did so from birth.
He was a bit of an artist. He liked to sit by the lagoon, his easel set up against the backdrop of the willows that lined the lagoon. This was where he was content. This was where he died.
They found him late in the day, slumped over his paints, his nose resting in the fire-engine red he had mixed. It was a fitting end.
Mum had always said Barry was a bit different. In his house, they found very little of note. There was one thing that grabbed me, a mural on his lounge room wall: WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
Written for: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/08/01/what-do-you-see-145-august-1-2022/
Indeed we are all in this together, it’s just some have more resources than others to survive the “all this.” How have you been Michael? Have you still been able to avoid Covid?
No I’ve had Covid in may. Been laying low. Thought I’d dust off the keyboard and see if it still worked. You been okay?
Had Covid over Easter and gave it to 8 family members before I knew I had it. My doctor said, “Ahhh, Patient zero.” 🙄
I like where you went with the picture prompt.
Thanks so much Lauren
This is a nice story with a thought provoking message Michael. It’s gray too see you back and writing. Many thanks for joining in.
Thanks Sadje nice to be contributing
You’re welcome! Definitely, you’ve been missed
Sad story Michael. Good to see you posting again.
Thanks Di. A bit rusty.
I didn’t notice!
You’re too kind
I’ve been off line since December 2021. Nice to read old friends. Hope all is well with you and the extended Grogan clan.
Hi Lorraine the clan is going well it’s me who is struggling. But I am persevering. Hope you are doing well.