Self Care: 99 Word Flash Fiction

Prue’s mother was proving difficult. “Mum, self-care is the most appropriate place for you.”

“I’ll stay here if  I have to self-care. I want help.”

“But Mum in self-care you get help. Meals are provided, cleaning done,  bed linen changed and washed plus you can opt for more services.”

“Then why call it self-care. More like aided living.”

“Self -care is because you remain independent. You don’t need nursing. Aided living is a nursing home.”

“Send me to a nursing home. I’ve had looking after myself.”

“I know Mum. How about going to ‘Care… for the Self?”

“Sounds good.”

In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks:

November 30, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes self-care. Does the character need it? What does the character do? Think about how you can use this action to deepen a character or move a story. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by December 7, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published December 8). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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19 Responses to Self Care: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. And this is when they’re reasonable.

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  2. TanGental says:

    ha, that sounds like my mother’s logic…

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  3. Norah says:

    It’s all in the words we use. Funny how difficult it can be to find the right words in some circumstances.

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  4. Liz H says:

    it’s all in finding the right words. I’m storing this one away for someone else who’s hard to convince!

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Independence and self-care can be at odds at certain ages — 2 and 82. Great use of dialog in your flash, Irene!

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  7. Annecdotist says:

    Hah, you captured the contradictions of care service nomenclature perfectly. No wonder people get confused!

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  8. julespaige says:

    So close to home this one. MIL passed a few years back, but was independent in her own studio with some aide for years… live close to 90. Wasn’t until the last month she stopped getting the daily paper.

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