On The Run…Friday Fictioneers.

“Over my dead body! Dot thundered. “You won’t get me into a nursing home!”

However, the good Lord had other plans. Sent a blood clot to her brain. It wasn’t strong enough to take her out, or destroy her mental faculties, but it had left her paralyzed in a wheelchair.

Dot was sure she could manage at home. Yet, her daughter had her assessed and off she went. Worse than jail, and she’d committed no crime.

However, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Her daughter locked her up, but her grandchildren set her free.

Grannie was on the run.


100 Words

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields. Every week we write 100 words to a photo prompt. This week’s PHOTO PROMPT  Linda Kreger.

My take on this week’s prompt was inspired by my husband’s aunt who was a strong-willed, intelligent and independent woman who lived at home with her son for many years after a stroke left her in a mobility scooter. Unfortunately, she had another fairly massive stroke which didn’t kill her but she couldn’t go home and it was hard for all of us when she had expressed her wishes so clearly but there was nothing anybody could do. That was her lot. This stroke, by the way, had again only really affected her mobility and she was still as bright as a button and it was a tough cross to bear. I would’ve liked to set her free.

Best wishes,


24 thoughts on “On The Run…Friday Fictioneers.

  1. IreneDesign2011

    I don’t think, it is a wish for any of us to end up in this way in life.
    My kids know, that I don’t wish to end up like a vegetable and I have asked them to take care for that, if something should happen.

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Susan. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get to choose our own ending and get robbed of our selves.
    Best wishes,

  3. bearmkwa

    Love it! Grands to the rescue! Great story. I can just picture it in reality (I used to work for a nursing home, so I’ve literally seen it!).

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Nan.
    I remember as a teenager that my mum was trying to get my grandmother and I both to lose weight and I’d go and stay with my grandparents and her friend would bake boxes of homemade biscuits for me and I’d bake up there and had a wonderful time. We understood each other perfectly and were both in trouble with my mum.
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    Yes, the destination does make a difference. Been quite awhile since I’ve done the conga.
    Hope you’ve had a great week.
    Best wishes,

  6. Rowena Post author

    There’s such a wonderful connection between children and their grandparents. They can all be a bit naughty together. Break the rules.

  7. Rowena Post author

    Yes, I can’t see Grandma staying out. It’s all very well in theory but another in practice when care is required.

  8. Abhijit Ray

    Nursing homes are depressing. They remind a person constantly that he is not well. Good that Dot’s grandchildren set her free.

  9. patriciaruthsusan

    We never know how we’ll end up, Rowena. My mother had Alzheimer’s and lived with us as long as it was possible for about six years after my father died. Finally, we could no longer care for her properly at home so I had to find a good nursing home. I looked at a number of different situations. The one I chose took good care of her and she lived to be about 93 years old. She was there for six years. —- Suzanne

  10. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much, Shweta. Unfortunately, the realities of being elderly especially after things such a dementia and stroke mean that Grandma probably won’t be on the run for very long and she’ll have to head back.
    Best wishes,

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