The daydream

Avatar Author: Lyra That cow that jumped over the moon and landed back on earth. Read Bio

It was the day they packed up the clothes and the books and emptied the room. She looked around the space. She supposed it would make a good sewing room or somewhere she could read or do crafts. Although she would never do any of that here. She couldn’t imagine ever spending any amount of time in this room.

It was a day long in coming. Whether it was a day, a month, a year…it was inevitable. It couldn’t stay like this forever. She looked at the puffy little clouds lining the the walls of the room. She remembered wallpapering each one of them by hand worrying about the placement. She had barely noticed when he slipped between the bars she had complained for weeks were too wide and fell on the soft spot of his head.She shouldn’t have waited. She should have changed the crib immediately. She should have had him with her. She should have been paying closer attention, but she worried about the clouds. She just couldn’t quite let them go and she turned to leave the room for another day.

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Comments (4 so far!)

  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Oh, that was depressing. Well done on depicting the aftermath of every new parent’s worst nightmare. Seriously, after my first kid was born, I had a nightmare about dropping a baby and having its head crack like an egg.

  2. Avatar Escapist

    Wow, this is really effective. I really appreciate the unique take on the challenge and the matter of fact tone of loss. Really good work.

  3. Avatar JonB

    Very powerful – the sense of emptiness is palpable.

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    The sadness, and emptiness is there, but also regret and a sense of failure.

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