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Posted on March 5, 2012 at 4:05 AM

Helping Hands

 

 

 

by E. A. Irwin

 

 

 

Mary-Louise Pentington walked the perimeter of her living room, stopping occasionally to gaze through the bank of windows facing the back of her vast property.

 

 

Smiling, she watched her small army of gardeners tend the grounds of her estate with meticulous perfection. How she longed to work alongside them and cut the fragrant blooms or deadhead old roses or merely dig in the ground and feel its texture against her skin. Instead, her days were spent as founder and President of Helping Hands – one of the largest international bio-tech industries and inventors of advanced, state of the art prosthetics.

 

  

 

Mary-Louise walked further into the beautiful room and noted its wondrous gleam. How fortunate she was to have the wealth to employ not only maids and cooks, but a personal driver. Every day she thanked God for the help of these wonderful people.

 

 

Life hadn’t always been this luxurious. From her first day on the job she’d studied new technologies to improve people’s circumstances, soon making it her life’s mission to provide aid in any way possible. The profits from the hard work of those in her company had been a great reward, however, the greater reward came with the knowledge those needing new limbs led more fulfilled lives.

 

 

She sat on a couch and pulled one of her grandmother’s needlepoint pillows onto her lap. Inspecting the intricate stitches brought back sweet memories of her grandmother and mother sitting near the fireplace, laughing as they shared gossip, cross stitch patterns and cups of tea, while Mary-Louise watched in wonder at their deft abilities with a needle.

 

 

Returning the pillow to the couch, she sighed, realizing her dream of following in her grandmother and mother’s footsteps doing needlework would never be fulfilled no matter how much she wanted it. She closed her eyes and dreamed of their elaborate work, the desire to create the beauty on those pillows as bittersweet as the desire to grow hands on the ends of her amputated arms.

 

 

 

©E. A. Irwin

 

 

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Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
7:06 PM on March 18, 2012 
Blaze;

Thank you for always supporting my writing no matter what I write. ;) True, not quite up to my usual beatings and killings, though she did not possess arms, so there is that bit of oddity still otherwise there would be no drama.

The story was written for the prompt 'life' and life isn't always grand and wonderful, but being thankful for life is grand and wonderful. I am glad you enjoyed the story.

Now, I do have my first attempt at writing a 'noir' piece. Three hundred words only to discribe a picture. Take a gander and tell me if I am on the right track here. Very much want to write a longer noir piece and send it to the Bijou. It's the story prior to this one ... below, with the picture. Duh. lol

Thanks so much for stopping by. Working through lots of stuff not on the writing front.

Patricia
Reply Blaze McRob
5:34 PM on March 18, 2012 
Such a sweet story of a strong lady! Very different from your usual writing, but I very much enjoy this!

Blaze
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
9:17 PM on March 8, 2012 
Hello, Christina;

I am always amazed by the strength of people going through adversity. In that is the challenge to contiually reach deep and strive toward something we do not know we possess. Thank you for coming by to read.

Patricia/E. A. Irwin

Christina Cole says...
What a strong woman she must be to endure what she's suffered yet come through with such a positive approach to life.
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
9:14 PM on March 8, 2012 
Thank you, Lindsay. To know I reached an emotion for the reader is wonderful, as is you stopping by to read. :)

Patricia/E. A. Irwin

Lindsay says...
I can feel her sadness of not being able to do even some of the simple things she once enjoyed
Reply Christina Cole
10:58 AM on March 7, 2012 
What a strong woman she must be to endure what she's suffered yet come through with such a positive approach to life.
Reply Lindsay
9:04 PM on March 6, 2012 
I can feel her sadness of not being able to do even some of the simple things she once enjoyed

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