The house had been sold in record time and arrangements for her to move into the retirement facility had been accomplished without any hitch.
But now, sitting in her packed up house, Elizabeth thought “The world is going to end in three days time.” Or at least the world as she had known it up to now.
She had moved into this house as a young bride 45 years ago and now she was to leave it behind. She would be leaving many memories both happy and sad. Memories of days when her children were young, the accidental death of her son and the wedding of her daughter. These memories were shared with Charles, her beloved. But after Charles died, life did begin to be lonely. Her daughter had her own family to take up her time. Her friends were moving away and the house and garden were beginning to be too large for her to manage on her own.
Reluctantly she had agreed to her daughter’s suggestion that they look at what retirement villages had to offer and which if any might suit her. There followed weeks of looking at places that if one believed their brochures, were absolutely perfect for her, but mostly they didn’t live up to her expectations. She had almost given up hope of finding the right place.
And then one day, while at the supermarket, she met an old acquaintance. After they loaded their shopping into their cars they went off for a coffee and a catch up.
Over coffee, Rex told her that he had recently moved into a splendid retirement village. He had his own small house; there were plenty of leisure facilities and people of his own age with whom to spend some cheerful time. In return Elizabeth told him of her search for a place in which to live. He had piqued her interest and they parted agreeing to keep in touch…..
This is my entry in this week’s Trifecta Challenge. It follows on Fireworks an earlier entry in the Challenge.
“For the weekend challenge, we’re playing the ambiguity card again and leaving interpretation up to you. Give us 33-333 words with this as your inspiration:
If you want to join in, click on the tricycle above and you will be taken to Trifecta’s blog that contains all the instructions. Do have a go. I promise you it is fun.
- How village life can help the elderly (bbc.co.uk)
- Golden years bring rewards (nzherald.co.nz)
- Not retiring himself, yet retirement has been his passion (theage.com.au)