Anything For Love…Friday Fictioneers.

Bill drove up the back paddock, and parked his ute. The cancer was raging, and the Doc was barely keeping up. There wasn’t much of him, and the end was coming faster than a speeding locomotive. Now, it was only a question of when, and on whose terms.

Of course, Bill knew God wasn’t the only player involved. Those doctors could do a better job of extending his lot than the power of prayer – even if the priest disagreed.

However, just as Bill was about to cast his vote, the dog jumped up on his lap.

Anything for love.

…….

Rowena Curtin 100 words. PHOTO PROMPT © Bill Reynolds

My response to this week’s prompt was fueled by various conversations I’ve had with people close to me about the end of life. One friend dreads having a stroke and ending up incapacitated, and vows he’s going to head into the bush and take matters into his own hands first. a couple of friends and relatives have had dashed his melanoma and other cancers where bits keep getting cut off to the point where they feel they’re barely being held together, or have anything left. Some people reach this point and will do anything to preserve life, while others pull the pin. They might not take drastic action. It might be as simple as refusing further treatment and issuing a “nil resus” order. I’ve had a few close calls and I resolved to do whatever it took to stay alive. My kids were young and needed two parents at least in an ideal world. Meatloaf’s epic song “Anything For Love” became my song. I would do anything for love, but I did wonder where my limits would be. I’d do anything for love, but I won’t do that. Fortunately, I didn’t have to find out. I recovered and got back on my feet.

RIP Meatloaf

For those of you who know me, you’ll also appreciate that I had to add a dog to the picture. We have three dogs at home: Lady Border Collie x Cavalier, and Zac and Rosie who are brother and sister border collie x kelpies. You often see a working dog out there with a ute.

Rosie (left) and Zac when they were younger.
Lady with the kids a few years ago.

Anyway, I hope you’re all well and having a good week.

Best wishes,

Rowena

29 thoughts on “Anything For Love…Friday Fictioneers.

  1. Bill

    Lovely and hopeful story. I have often asked, “How old is old enough?” Regardless of the answer, having choices is good, in my opinion.

  2. thehermitcreative

    Great story. I am a sucker for my dog. So, if she jumped in my lap all other bets would be off. Her love would keep me alive! Love the pics!

  3. Margaret

    Such a loaded phrase – ‘when, and on whose terms’. Huge questions. Poor Bill. So lovely that it’s his dog who holds him back from giving in by such a simple action. Isn’t that so typical? Dogs are special, I’m convinced they’re a special gift to humanity to enrich our lives.

  4. Rowena Post author

    It often amazes me what you can address in 100 words, especially as I am generally quite a lengthy storyteller.
    We ended up with three dogs at our place. Zac usually sleeps on my lap with the keyboard perched on top of him, which he doesn’t seem to mind. The other two don’t spend long on my lap unless there’s a storm. Dogs never complain, although they might dig a hole. I totally agree with you that they’re a “a special gift to humanity to enrich our lives”.
    Hope you’re having a good weekend.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  5. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Penny. I need to keep writing these flash fiction pieces because they really seem to work well for me. Hope things with you are going well.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  6. Rowena Post author

    I do a lot of family history and spent time with a few of our elderly relatives. A few of them talked about how someone had “decided to get old”. It intrigued me, and I started to see what they meant and how some people stay younger in their outlook, while others are older than their numerical years. I have teenagers and they certainly help keep me a bit younger as I listen to their antics.
    Choice is good. I am exercising my choice by staying out of circulation during covid, but it’s starting to wear thin.

  7. GHLearner

    Reading this, I had to go and cuddle my dog. They are the artists of the now, aren’t they? And their love knows no bounds. Great story and beautiful pictures.

  8. Rowena Post author

    That’s so true. You never know whether an act of kindness from a friend or smile from a stranger will make that difference.

  9. michael1148humphris

    I love boarder collies, like many dogs they give so much love. When we are ill love is so valuable

  10. Rowena Post author

    So true, Michael. We currently have three dogs, but Zac is the one who spends most of my waking hours on my lap. He just seems to melt into my arms. So loving and never complains. Well, that’s not entirely true. He does bark at visitors, the posty and a certain German Shepherd who gets walked past our place, but he says he’s just doing his job!

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