Special Delivery

the-gate JeanLHays

Photo prompt: Jean L. Hays


The car honked twice then twice again before the tires crunched on gravel and the vehicle left in a puff of midday dust.

She smiled.

She could always count on Henry.

There was a time when he could ring her bell. When she could offer him a glass of lemonade.

Not now, so close to her transplant date.

She waited a moment before venturing to the gate, and smiled again when she saw he’d taken the card she’d left. She knew he’d made a special trip.

He brought the birthday cake from her daughter, still cold, wrapped in fancy tape.



For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers



54 thoughts on “Special Delivery

    • πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it. I know that isolation has all kind of associations these days, but for some people the realities of being careful around other people and wearing masks and keeping distance … did not start with the current pandemic and thankfully (I hope) people did not quantify their need for being careful or what others could do to protect THEM as somehow a weakness or a caprice.
      Having worked with some children who needed a bone-marrow transplant, and with other immuno-compromized persons, I can appreciate the power of kindness we can extend by taking care to do what WE can to ease their burden, even if there is supposedly no immediate ‘benefit’ (or ‘risk’) to us.
      Here’s to kindness.
      Thank you for this comment – I have used it for a bit of a soapbox … not directed at you at all, of course. πŸ™‚

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      • A friend of mine in Israel had to isolate from his own family, during the lock-down, before he could be operated. He donated a kidney for a transplant. So your story really resonated with me. And it did not feel like you were talking from a soapbox.

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      • Whew … Glad it didn’t because I wouldn’t have wanted you to feel preached-to, when that was not my intent at all. Yes, I know of others who had to isolate before surgery (including for donating marrow). It is a noble thing to do for another, and it is one of the few things, sometimes, that one can DO to help another in a truly life-and-death situation. Good on him!

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    • I’m glad you liked it, Alicia! πŸ™‚ There’s a lot of that giving and warmth and kindness in the world, only that all too often the cold, unkind takers tend to get more of the attention. Outrage gets more eyeballs than small acts of everyday kindness …


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