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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

Weird Reasons to Be Grateful

by Dini Armstrong

 

At least she didn’t die alone, we got to be with her, watch cancer suffocate my mum, we got to listen to it, touch it, taste her death. At least there was a nurse, three times in five long days. At least it wasn’t Covid. At least she didn’t die alone. At least you got to be there for her. At least you had a funeral.

At least I kept my job and kept on working all the way, through grief, through my depression, found the strength to keep it up, locked down, burned out. At least I got to help some folk by listening and holding all their fears.

At least I got to have my operation, when others were ignored. At least I got to be sliced open, but no one saw what’s really going on inside. At least I got to heal without the need to take time off, why bother when you work from home.

At least we don’t have kids to teach ourselves, they’re all locked up inside their own lives, far away. At least my love and I have time to catch up on TV, stop talking to each other, just to be, there’s me, and then there’s him, and educate ourselves on Global Warming, Trump, and Brexit. At least we get that wake-up call.

At least I get to draw deep breaths and write about it all.

And, oh, I can knit socks now.

 

 

Dini Armstrong, now Scottish, has worked in journalism and psychology. She is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing and has published short stories and flash fiction. Her pithy style got her into trouble from age six, when, after writing a particularly seditious piece about a vengeful cat with explosives, she had to promise never to write again. She lied.




Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.



In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021