Today's story a day prompt is based on a magnetic poetry kit. I remember my son's teacher gave him one of these years ago. They are definitely a fun challenge to make something out of the random words. Try the online version. It's fun!
I decided to write a story based on my own experience of losing a baby tragically twenty-two years ago, due to forceps injuries from a difficult birth. She lived six days and then died in her sleep without any warning.
Candace put the magnetic poetry pieces on the fridge. Her friend Marilyn had given her a magnetic poetry game to get her mind off the loss of the baby.
“You’ll have another,” someone said. But she wanted that baby. It wasn't like you could replace one baby with another.
“It was meant to be,” another said. How could the death of a tiny baby so tragically and senselessly be meant to be?
She knew people were trying to be comforting but sometimes she wished they would just be quiet and let her talk about her feelings.
Her husband Kevin came into the kitchen and saw her toying with the pieces.
“What’s that?” he asked.
“Marilyn gave it to me. It’s a magnetic poetry kit. She thought it might distract me from my grief.”
He nodded and said nothing.
The truth was that nothing could distract her from her grief. Absolutely nothing. It had to be faced and dealt with. She would never forget this baby even if she had only been on the Earth for six short days.
She stared at the jumbled words, blurry through tears.
Then she reached out and assembled some of the words.
Kevin read the words and started to cry. Candace reached for him and they hugged each other.
The healing had begun.