Saturday Centus – Wk#144 – Photo: The dark side of the stars. – 106 words – “Dimmed”

01 Feb

We care for them, nurture them and share their joys and sorrows as they grow. We revel in their successes and teach them the ways of the world but, in time, they must make their own choices.

They are our stars, our attempt at immortality, our children but there is the dark side of the stars. They feel immortal and fate sometimes proves them wrong.

“Your mum and I will always love you.”

Gently we hold his hands. I give a nod. The regular beep slows then stops. A constant tone is heard.

This gentle star will no longer shine and our stars are now dimmed.

ECGSchools and students have permission to use this graphic for non-commercial, educational purposes.


Posted by on February 1, 2013 in 2. Saturday Centus


6 responses to “Saturday Centus – Wk#144 – Photo: The dark side of the stars. – 106 words – “Dimmed”

  1. Viki

    February 2, 2013 at 01:29

    This is heartbreaking but so beautifully written.

    • Ross Mannell

      February 6, 2013 at 23:19

      Thanks for the comment.

      It’s sad far too many people have had to make this choice.

  2. Karen S.

    February 2, 2013 at 01:42

    So very sad… * ** *** ***————–

    • Ross Mannell

      February 6, 2013 at 23:21

      Thanks for the comment.

      The idea came about after seeing the anguish in the eyes of parents facing the real decision. It’s a choice no one would want to make.

  3. Denise Krebs (@mrsdkrebs)

    February 5, 2013 at 07:31

    What a beautiful story. Yes, it is heartbreaking and makes me say a prayer for my two grown girls. The death of a child must be one of the worst things to ever have to experience.


    • Ross Mannell

      February 6, 2013 at 23:23

      Thanks for the comment.

      As I have heard said, no parent should have to lose their child but reality can force us to make decisions we hope never to have to make.


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