The Gardener

November 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm 48 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 6 November 2015

Note: Please indulge me in dedicating this story to the wife of my cousin in New York who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer last month. Let this be a testimony to my fervent hope that she recovers from this terrible disease.

 Connie Gayer …(Mrs. Russell)
Photo Credit: Connie Gayer …(Mrs. Russell)

The garden gloves and shears remained where she left them.

Gardening was her passion. But things changed when she was diagnosed with cancer. An extensive surgery and months of chemotherapy made her weak and unable to take care of the garden she so loved.

She put up a brave front for her husband despite the pain. In his eyes, she remained defiant and beautiful even when she lost her hair.

Today, he came home sobbing, not of sorrow, but of joy. The doctor told him the cancer was in remission.

Outside, the garden lay brown and dormant, anticipating her return.

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48 Comments Add your own

  • 1. aliciajamtaas  |  November 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    No apologies allowed for a well written, heart felt story. I love where you took this. Kudos.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      alicia:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 3. Perry Block (@PerryBlock)  |  November 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Very warm-hearted reassuring story. Nicely rendered.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      perry:

      i appreciate the comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 5. The Writer's Village  |  November 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Great story of hope and survival – the garden as a counter-point to her tale.
    But most of all, prayers and good will go out to you, her and your cousin.
    Randy

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    • 6. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      randy:

      thank you for the kind thoughts.

      Reply
  • 7. Tracey@WhatsforDinnerDoc.com  |  November 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Very good. I’ll keep your friends in my thoughts today.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      tracey:

      the recent surgery turned out to be as good as can be expected. hysterectomy was performed and pieces of the liver and spleen were removed. the surgeon found lesions on both sides of the diaphragm, too. she is scheduled to undergo chemotherapy soon.

      Reply
  • 9. Dale  |  November 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Beautiful homage to your cousin. Lovely story and I wish her outcome is the same as in your story.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      dale:

      that what’s i’m hoping. husband and three kids need her.

      Reply
  • 11. Courtney Wright  |  November 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Gardening is great therapy! Good story! 🙂

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    • 12. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      courtney:

      i agree totally.

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  • 13. Deborah Drucker  |  November 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I love that you made this story hopeful. And I hope your cousin’s wife has the same outcome.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      deborah:

      thank you for your kind comment. we live on hope.

      Reply
  • 15. Margaret  |  November 4, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    A beautiful, hopeful tribute. Miracles do happen.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  November 4, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      margaret:

      we do need a miracle.

      Reply
  • 17. Sandra  |  November 5, 2015 at 12:22 am

    A heartfelt story, with a very moving last line. I’m so sorrry about your cousin and hope that all goes as well as it can.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  November 5, 2015 at 9:43 am

      sandra:

      we can’t never lose hope.

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  • 19. Suzanne Joshi  |  November 5, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Lovely story, Plaridel. I hope the same holds true for your cousin’s wife. Thank goodness it was found while they could still treat it. All the best. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 20. plaridel  |  November 5, 2015 at 9:43 am

      suzanne:

      it was a blessing indeed that it was discovered before it was too late. thank you.

      Reply
  • 21. Richard Schulte  |  November 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

    She opened a bag of seeds…

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    • 22. plaridel  |  November 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

      ric:

      and hopefully, a new beginning will sprung forth.

      Reply
  • 23. ansumani  |  November 5, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Your imagination of a beautiful garden restored to its former glory will surely come true. Well written.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  November 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

      ansumani:

      when i saw the picture prompt i thought of neglected garden in need of tender care.

      Reply
  • 25. ceayr  |  November 5, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Nicely done, Plaridel.
    Best wishes.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  November 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      ceayr:

      thank you for kind wishes.

      Reply
  • 27. rochellewisoff  |  November 5, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    That tears is it! You made me cry. Beautifully done. My thoughts and prayers are with your friends.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 28. plaridel  |  November 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      rochelle:

      she’s holding on well right now. before the surgery, my cousin would often find her crying.

      Reply
  • 29. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  November 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    There is something so hopeful in a garden waiting, I hope there is a garden waiting also for your friend.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  November 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      björn:

      your kind thoughts are deeply appreciated. thank you.

      Reply
  • 31. rgayer55  |  November 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    A very touching tale. Sometimes hope is all we can cling to. Best wishes for a full recovery for your cousin’s wife.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  November 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      russell:

      thank you for the kind thoughts.

      Reply
  • 33. draliman  |  November 6, 2015 at 12:30 am

    A beautiful story of hope. I hope it turns out as well for your cousin’s wife.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  November 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      draliman:

      we’re hoping for the best.

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  • 35. jellico84  |  November 6, 2015 at 5:44 am

    A loving tribute indeed. I will pray for her to be free of cancer soon.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  November 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      jellico:

      your comment is deeply apprecicated. thank you.

      Reply
  • 37. gahlearner  |  November 6, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I’m adding my wishes of a good outcome to the others. I love the parallel between the garden and your friend, both waiting for renewed health and life to come.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  November 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      gahlearner:

      thank you for the kind thoughts. 🙂

      Reply
  • 39. joseph elon lillie  |  November 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    May your cousin’s wife know the same fortune.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  November 7, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      joseph:

      i hope so, too. thank you.

      Reply
  • 41. Amy Reese  |  November 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Oh, a prayer for your friend. I hope she kicks cancer’s ass. I hate cancer. I just had to say it. Nice story, Plaridel.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  November 7, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      amy:

      she’s getting the best treatment possible. we’re hoping for her full recovery.

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      • 43. Amy Reese  |  November 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

        I’m glad to hear that. I wish her full recovery.

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        • 44. plaridel  |  November 9, 2015 at 9:14 am

          amy:

          we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

          Reply
  • 45. Sarah Ann  |  November 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    A heartfelt story of hope – no indulgence needed.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  November 9, 2015 at 9:14 am

      sarah ann:

      thank you for the kind thoughts.

      Reply
  • 47. i b arora  |  November 10, 2015 at 12:18 am

    poignant

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    • 48. plaridel  |  November 11, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      i b arora:

      thank you for reading. deeply appreciate it.

      Reply

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