Friday Fictioneers: The S in SOS

Copyright - Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields



Mum raps on the pane with her finger like a Morse code tapper – dit dit dit. A habit of hers. She reaches the ‘S’ in her distress signal and forgets what comes after.

‘Lace inside and out, inside and out,’ she says.

Dit dit dit along with the words, though the rhythms of tap and speech don’t match.

‘What is it, Mum?’ I take her hand.

She nods to the window. ‘Lace inside and out.’

Ah. The embroidered curtain against the speckled snow.

‘That’s right,’ I smile, brushing a stray hair from her eyes.



Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers. See the photo and write 100 words to go along with it. See here for full Ts and Cs.


58 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The S in SOS

      1. Hopefully, that will pass you by. An erosion of personality is the saddest thing, isn’t it? The fact the person you loved is gone (except in snatches) long before they actually leave you. Thanks so much for sharing your story.


    1. I think you’re right, Bjorn – as so many people with dementia do. But it’s crippling, wasting disease too. Thanks so much for reading and for your kind comments


  1. Watched a fascinating programme on Dementia earlier in the year. Their approach was to humour the patient’s state of mind i.e. if they want to live in the 1950’s then let them, go with it. The worst thing you can do at times is to tell people they’re losing their mind. Support, don’t scold. See you next week.

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    1. What a great idea – hard work for the care providers, perhaps, but wonderful for the patients. I guess it’s similar to music therapy. Patients remember songs from their youth easier than who’s the current Prime Minister and it brings them back to themselves for a while. Really interesting, thanks Paul


  2. This lovely in its sadness. Lace inside and out describes more than the window and the curtain. It is a tragedy how personalities change. There’s love in the sadness. Great writing, Lynn.

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    1. Thanks Gabi. Yes, don’t know why the phrase struck me – just fortunate, I guess – but when it did I felt I had my angle. That old lady’s voice was in my head. Kind of creepy when that happens 🙂

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  3. I love the way you had her tapping out SOS – a lovely touch. Beautiful portrait of the old lady and also of the daughter. Our minds followed similar paths with this prompt.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. Left a comment on your story, which was excellent. Yes, funny how we were drawn to the same idea through one lacy curtain. Thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂


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