#WDYS — Forever One

As she had done every year on this date for the last eight years, Anna placed the cupcake on the picnic table in their backyard, stuck a candle in the middle of it, and lit the candle. “Happy birthday, my darling Billy,” she said and then started to sob.

Michael walked out to where Anna was sitting, put his hands on her shoulders, and said, “Why do you torture yourself like this, Anna? He’s gone.”

“He would have been nine today,” Anna said.

“I know,” Michael said, “had he survived.”

“He has survived, Michael,” Anna said, “in my heart and soul, where he’ll be forever one.”

Written for this week’s What Do You See? prompt from Sadje. Photo credit: Angéle Kemp at Unsplash.

20 thoughts on “#WDYS — Forever One

  1. Marleen November 23, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    Well, that’s heartbreaking and made me cry.

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    • Fandango November 23, 2020 / 1:00 pm

      😢 I know. It was difficult for me write, but that’s what came to mind when I saw the photo.


  2. Sadje November 23, 2020 / 7:12 pm

    This is so sad Fandango. Thanks for joining in.

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    • Fandango November 23, 2020 / 10:05 pm

      Yes, it is sad, but that’s what came to mind when I saw the photo.

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  3. Vic Crain November 24, 2020 / 7:34 am

    This is a very common story in the US. My wife lost one, my daughter-in-law two, in one case clearly due to physician incompetence (delaying a C-section to play golf). We have the worst record among developed countries for mortality to mothers and newborns.

    The post is beautiful and the emotions true to life.

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    • Fandango November 24, 2020 / 9:44 am

      I’m so sorry. That must have been devastating.

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      • Vic Crain November 24, 2020 / 10:56 am

        Yeah. I wasn’t part of my wife’s life when that happened to her, but was around for the two grandchildren. For the mothers especially, it never goes away. Unfortunately, can’t sue military doctors.

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  4. drtanya@saltedcaramel November 28, 2020 / 1:58 am

    A touching story.
    My heart goes out to all parents who have lost their child, no matter what age.

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    • Fandango November 28, 2020 / 11:56 am

      I know. It must be devastating.


  5. leigha66 December 1, 2020 / 12:01 am

    Wow…what a yank at the heartstrings! Very well written about an all too often scenario.

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