Sunday, January 16, 2011

Waiting

Margaret sits in the waiting room, alone with her thoughts. The events of this morning, looping in her mind like a tragic news clip, solely hers to witness.

“Mama! I’m imbisible!”

With less than a second’s consideration she’d responded, “You mean ‘invincible’.”

“Yeah!” said her son, her precious dare-devil, only child, wearing last Halloween’s superman costume, now too small, with torn elbows and shredded knees. “I’m IN-VINCIBLE!” pronounced so carefully.

With a shout he was off again. She was grateful for the opportunity to focus on her work.

Now, guilt infuses her waiting. Five year olds are not invincible.

This 100 word challenge post.

8 comments:

Bo said...

It amazes me that children dont have a fear in the world!

barbara said...

ahhh the mother's angst. Yup - Grammas are prey to it as well. Thank goodness for the invincibility of little boys - without it how would we grow? :) Well done.

dxpepper said...

whoa .. .. - Thanks for the reminder to watch my 5 year old son who thinks that he is inbisable ..... nice job with the word!

bama Cheryl said...

Nice job - kids indeed believe they are inbisable.

Tara R. said...

At that age they are fearless. Wonderful telling.

rhymereasonandreality said...

Very well said...thanks for sharing!!!

you gotta wonder said...

Thank you for your comments! It helped that I spent a few days with my 5 year old grandson this week.

Velvet Verbosity said...

My son has averaged 1 ER visit for every year of his life. I'm well versed in the un-invincibility factor! Eeesh.