Hi LindaGHill our host for JusJoJan has our latest prompt ready, she said: “Welcome to the daily prompt! Today is your thirteenth prompt for Just Jot it January 2023, and it’s brought to you by Sadje. Thank you, Sadje! Please be sure to visit Sadje’s blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there, if you’re not already.
Our prompt for JusJoJan January 13th 2023, is “reversal.” Use the word “reversal” any way you’d like. Enjoy!If you’d like to see what Linda has on our prompt list, you can find it Here.
Reversal, to go back on yourself, your word, your direct, your options. Then there is role reversal that’s what I have chosen to look at today.
It happened between myself and the rest of my family and our Mum.
After she had three strokes she was shut inside a shell. It was like visiting a child.
Also one of my sisters who was a senior nurse who taught many students became became helpless for the last year of her life and was in intensive care, became the patient and not the nurse.
Another sister’s husband had dementia and until he became too difficult to care for looked afer.
I fed and bathed you I taught you to read and your numbers too I took you out in pram and pushchair When you needed me I was always there I saw you grow and graduate Marveled at your jobs and knowledge Watched you being parentd too You amazed me with each phase new. Suddenly it was clear I was lost not quite here You washed and fed me Found me help My turn to ride the pushchair You were all kind and you all were there. Fate had reversed the roles But the reversal, though harsh made us whole.
Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and
hopefully in to light ??
I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well.
I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.
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26 thoughts on “Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 13th, 2023”
A beautiful take on the word Willow. touching yet heart warming🤍🤍🤗
Thank you it’s a subject that scares me 💜
I think scary to us all too… 🤍 Be good and do good and hope we get that in return one day when in need 🙏
Yes I do try 💜💜💜
This is a reality of life for many many families. I’ve seen it too. The care and love showered on those who can’t look after themselves shows what sort of people they have been raised to be.
It’s a scary to know we enter the world as babies and not always but often leave the same. We all need to care and be kind . Thank you for the great prompt Sadje 💜💜💜
Thanks Willow. Yes absolutely we all need to care.
That’s a beautiful and poignant reminder of what could await us all, Willow. I remember taking care of my grandmother after a stroke left her with no short-term memory. It’s hard seeing the caregivers requiring care.
Yes Dan it’s so hard we have to fight not to let it destroy us 💜💜
Eye opening, poem 💔 it’s really hard when such things happen to someone we care for deeply.
Yes indeed 💜💜
This is wonderful Willow. I feel the sadness with the role reversal.
It is sad isn’t and we all need to be aware and kind💜😃
A great take on the prompt ~ brought tears to my eyes ~ tis wonderful you were able to and wanted to be their caretaker ~ Bless You!!
Life is hard and all we can do is our best! We can be kind and loving 💜
Dementia affects the entire family, not just the sufferer. I wish for many things as regards my Mum, but it wouldn’t change anything. Hard to believe come the 18th it will be five years since she passed away.
I know it is very hard to get your head around it isn’t it💜💜
A true role reversal, Sis.
Beautifully written xxx
Thank you Sis …a subject I have had to deal with more than once but it really scares me💜💜
My goodness, this is powerful, poignant, and painful. Bless you, Willow.
Thank you it was hard to write 💜
I bet it was!