Reason to Believe ~ prosery

Reason to Believe

Why would grandchildren make any difference in my life? What is there in witnessing the growth of child to adult, once-removed, that should should stir emotions already invested? Some questions can only be answered with time.

Grandchildren gained through adoption were the beginning of a gradual softening of that reticence. Witnessing their accomplishments from a perspective that has evolved with age, I understand their paths are laced with trials that compound with each generation. My concern for their future is no less, is perhaps greater, than the same I’ve had for my own children. My love for them certainly is no less.

Then came the birth of a granddaughter, and another, their eyes holding a depth of innocence that has melted this heart of mine. With that love and concern, my questions have been answered.

Reading what I have just written, I now believe.

This is my response to Some Prosery Cheer!, the prompt from Lillian at dVerse ~ Poets Pub. With Prosery, the challenge is to write a piece of flash fiction with a 144-word limit. I suppose this could be seen as fiction. Included in the bit of prose is to be a complete line from a poem.  For this prompt, the line to be included is from “Afterword,” by Louise Glück. (the complete poem can be found here)

“Reading what I have just written, I now believe”

                                                            – Louise Glück

I’ve met the additional challenge of hitting the 144-word mark, exactly.

39 thoughts on “Reason to Believe ~ prosery

  1. Reason to believe indeed. This is a beautiful story. The heart has the capacity to expand…through birth, through adoption, through marriage. That’s the beautiful thing about love, it can grow exponentially.

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  2. Bang on, brother. I married a woman with 3 young daughters, and 30 years later, I outlived their biological father, enjoy their love and support, and adore my 9 grandchildren.

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  3. Enjoyed reading this, sensing a progression of heart opening wider, wider (I guess maybe the mind also opening wider, wider?) Kids certainly make good catalysts for anyone willing to explore new perspectives! Especially infants through age 10 or so. The youngest grandchild in my realm turns 5 this week – there’s a collective sigh about “no babies anymore”. Hope you get to visit that granddaughter again soon.

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  4. I hear you, Ken! I never thought my daughter would have a child. At first, I didn’t think she wanted to get married, but then she found the right person. She talked about having children, but it didn’t seem as if it was going to happen, and I started to think I would never experience being a grandmother. I’m so glad I have my grandson.I agree with Merril, you have to experience something to believe.


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