The strangers with her on the rooftop paused in unison. They yelled, “Don’t jump, you have so much to live for.” I yelled at the strangers and told them that in my experience as a teacher, I learned not to tell students ‘don’t run’, that instead I should tell them ‘to walk’, so they should be yelling ‘get down from the ledge’ instead of saying ‘don’t jump’. The woman on the rooftop did eventually get off the ledge and she apologized to everyone for causing such a fracas, but she said that it happened on account of her not getting any sleep at all lately. She said that she had been laying awake at night wondering why baby diapers have such cute brand names like Luvs, Huggies and Pampers while undergarments for old people are called Depends. She knew that when babies crap in their pants, people are still gonna Luv them, Hug them and
Pamper them, but when an old person like her ends up making crap in her pants, it just depends on who she put in her will.
She did have a lot to live for, she had a strong heart, so strong that her doctor permit her to go skydiving, but she also had Type II diabetes which forbid her from eating those cookies that she loved so much. She lived all alone for a long time, her husband passed away 15 years ago and all of her children lived far away in different States. She was an amicable person, but when she got a boyfriend after she became a widow, her children began to dub as an old artifact who was going senile. Her boyfriend was an illegal immigrant, but she loved him because he was good at fixing things around her house, as he was once a carpenter. Her children threatened her that they would call the authorities on him and try to deport him, which she always thought was a possibility, but they never did, because then they would have risked being cut out of her will for good.
She was not adept working with computers, so she wrote a letter to her lawyer saying that she was thinking about changing her will and she also asked if she needed to worry about the immigration status of her new boyfriend. He wrote back to her and said that although he was as busy as a honey bee, that he was planning to host a seminar that would help any visitor from a foreign country, so they would not have to view our country as being dystopian. She told her lawyer that she would be happy to attend the seminar and that she might go see the Stones in concert after that, but all was well as long as she had a roof over her head.
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday: June 22nd, 2018 “The strangers with her on the rooftop paused in unison”, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 23 June 2018 permit and forbid – visitor and host, for thehouseofbailey Destination Dreams Scotts Daily Prompt Deport, for Daily Addictions by rogershipp prompt Dub, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt: Amicable, for FOWC with Fandango – Artifact, for Ragtag Community Heart, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, where the three prompt words are “carpenter, dystopian and honey bee”, for Swimmers the New Community Pool prompt – Letter and for Word of the Day Challenge Alternative haven for the Daily Post’s mourners! Prompt Possibility.