Saturday, June 26, 2010

Things we do for love

Miriam sat down on the edge of the bed, wrapping her robe around her tightly. She looked over at her underwear drawer and rocked back and forth.

"Ah, John, John. I don't think I can do it this year. I don't know if I can."

Hanging from the drawer was one of those open-cup bras he'd liked so much. Silly, impractical -- scratchy -- things. But John had thought them so sexy, had thought her so sexy. So she'd worn them each year on their anniversary.

Even in the years after he was gone.

Her vision blurred as she reached out and pulled the thing to her, turning it over, sticking her fingers through the opening.

"I'm sorry John. I'm sorry. I don't have what it takes anymore."

Miriam held up a breast form. No, it wasn't going to work.

She laughed suddenly, her eyes brimming with tears.

"Can you imagine what the kids would think if this fell into the soup over dinner?"

Miriam put down the form and rubbed the scar where her right breast had been. He'd still love her, she knew that, even though she only had one now.

She laughed again, the tears spilling over. Of course he would. He'd just lavish twice the attention on the remaining one. Silly man. She looked again at the bra, turning it around in her hands.

Miriam stood, slipped her arms through the bra straps and fastened it in front. She adjusted it as best she could and looked down.

"I'm lopsided, John. More than usual. The kids will know what I'm wearing. They'll be horrified, I know it. Well, let them."

Miriam slowly finished dressing and made her way, head held high and back straight, down to where her children and grandchildren waited to take her out to dinner.


  1. Bravo! Though it was a silly thing, she wanted the sentimentality and held her head high.

    You showed the emotions well in this, Kevin!

  2. I am really forcing back the tears here. Beautifully written, Kevin.

  3. I'm glad you both liked it. I had wondered if I'd gotten the feeling of this right - and some topics are more difficult than others.

  4. This is so beautifully written Kevin. Just the right touch of melancholy mixed with terrible sadness. Bravo!

  5. Just beautiful, everything about it. Excellent story, sir.

  6. Ah, leave it to that melancholy Irish soul of yours to invent a believable character cherishing the traditions built between lovers even after death.

    I especially loved the texture and tone of this part: "He'd just lavish twice the attention on the remaining one. Silly man."

    You did a masterful job of summing up their relationship in those very few words.

    This was just lovely.

    *happy sigh*

  7. @Deanna well, I sort of specialize in melancholy. How can I not? :) glad you enjoyed the story.

    @Gracie thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate them.

    @Karen Thank you, Karen. I am really pleased you found it lovely. I have to admit, I smiled are I wrote the lines you highlight. I could hear Miriam's tone in my head. Really glad it made it into the words.

    To all, thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment.

  8. "are I wrote..." should have been "as I wrote...". Seems autocorrect got there before I noticed. Sorry.

  9. The sentimentality and love shone throughout this. Lovely.

  10. Loved her assertiveness! And her tenderness. The reader wonders how beautiful their relationship must have been for her to still feel the connection, and in that finds her strength.

  11. @ganymeder @pegjet

    Thank you both. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

  12. Quite touching, Kevin. Nicely done.