Elder Series – A Moment In Time

M Dawn Thacker has compiled a series of short stories about elders, their experiences aging, and the challenges they face. M Dawn continues her series with A Moment In Time…


“Hi, Mr. Green? My name is Claire. Do you have a few minutes to speak with me? I have a form to complete within 48 hours of your admission here. It won’t take long. ”

“Sure Miss, come pull up a chair next to me. I have all the time in the world.”

“Your paperwork says that your name is Robert. What do you prefer people call you?”

“Well, If you know me real good, you can call me Skeet. If not, Bob or Mr. Green is fine.”

“Skeet, huh? I’m sure there’s a story there somewhere. What is your birth date?”

“June 6, 1926. My mother said that it was a omen.”

“Oh really? Where were you born?”

“Tiny little place called Ivy. It has a history, though, even if it is only 50 folks big.”

“Live there all your life?”

“Yep, other than when I went off to war.”

“How about that? That’s my next question. So you are a Veteran?”

“Hard time, that was. Beaches of Normandy. Men didn’t die in the ones and twos. They died twenty-five to thirty in a bunch. I was lucky, only injured.”

“Did you retire from the military?”

“Nope, after the war, came home and built a small engine repair shop in my garage. Couldn’t sleep much. Had to do something to make money, but needed to do it alone. Hard to take orders.”

“I see. Do you vote?”

“I’m registered. Didn’t make it to the last election though, Stella had just passed and it just didn’t seem so important this time. Hadn’t missed an election since I was old enough to vote up until that point.”

“So, are you married?”

“Stella, that was my wife. Been without her ten months now. Doesn’t get any easier.”

“I’m sorry, I should have realized. Any children?”

“Nope, weren’t blessed with any.”

“Brothers? Sisters?”

“One brother, he’s living up north near his children, New York, New Jersey, one of them “New” states. Had two sisters, both passed on.”

“I see, I’m sorry. How far did you get in school?”

“Let’s see, I believe I finished 8th grade. Left after that to work on the farm. I can read and write enough to get by though, can take apart a engine and put it back together without instructions, too.”

“Do you have glasses, dentures or hearing aids?”

“Most of what I’ve got, ain’t my original parts, honey. I’ve got all that plus two replaced knees, a hip joint and a pacemaker.”

“Are they labeled with your name?”

“Got to cut me back open to do all that.”

“No, I mean the glasses, dentures and hearing aids.”

“I’m sorry, honey, I know what you meant. I was just funnin’ you. Never thought of labeling my teeth. Didn’t think they’d fit anybody else.”

“We have a labeler here, we can do that for you. Do you walk independently?”

“Nope, use that cane right there. It has a nice hook on the end of it. I call it my girl catcher.”

“Well, that’s the last question, guess you’re glad of that, huh? I’ve taken up enough of your time. Nice meeting you, Skeet. I’ll drop by and check on you soon. I’ve got to run. I have four more of these to do before I go home today. ”

“No problem, Missy. Like I said, I have all the time in the world.”


A Moment In Time © 2011 M Dawn Thacker. Read M Dawn’s latest on Now.readthisplease.com and check back for the next story in her Elder Series.



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