The Accident

4FCB9131-5320-4E73-927E-99E210F6839EHis daughter sat by his side, holding his hand as he was lying still in his bed. “Daddy,” she said, “are you having any dreams or is everything just black inside your head? Can you hear me? Can you sense my presence at all? Do you know how much I love you?”

Tears ran down her cheeks as she remembered what a vigorous man he used to be before the accident. But now he was just lying there in a coma, his shallow breathing barely visible, his body so docile.

She pulled down the sheets to expose his upper torso and used a damp, warm washcloth on his chest and arms to clean him. Then she took some talcum powder and sprinkled it on his body.

She looked at her father, bent down to kiss him on his forehead, and thought she caught some movement on his eyelids. Suddenly his lids started to flutter and he slowly opened his eyes. He looked up at his daughter with a questioning expression on his face. She rang the call button and the nurse came in and, seeing him conscious and breathing on his own, removed the respiratory apparatus from his mouth.

He looked up at his daughter and said in a weak and raspy voice, “Hi sweetheart. I was just dreaming about you.”

Written for the Wacky Weekend Challenge (black), Ragtag Daily Prompt (vigorous), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (coma), Word of the Day Challenge (docile), Your Daily World Prompt (sprinkle), and Scotts Daily Prompt (powder). Also for the Daily Writing Challenge, where the three things are daughter, dreams, and love.

Share Your World — Body Hair, Dealbreakers, Donald Trump

SYWIt’s Share Your World Monday again and Melanie never fails to come up with interesting questions to ask us.

If your five year old self woke up in your current body, what would happen, what would you say?

Whoa, dude. What the hell happened to you? No hair on the top of your head, a gray beard on your chinny-chin-chin, and all that body hair. Haven’t you ever heard of manscaping?

What is a relationship deal breaker for you?  Whether you are talking about a romantic one, a friendship, or a related to sort of relationship?

Cigarette smoking, drinking too much, far right conservative ideology, lack of good hygiene, lack of a sense of humor, lack of intelligence. Shall I go on?

Is there something out there, a thought, an idea, a current event, or a fear that you find deeply unsettling?

Donald Trump and all of the sycophants who have latched on to him.

If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

Cheated on my taxes? Promoted the overthrow of Donald Trump?

What were you grateful for this week?  Something that brought some joy into your world?

All the people who read my blog and like and comment on my posts.

FOWC with Fandango — Coma

FOWCWelcome to November 26, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “coma.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.