Biographical Non-Fiction posted February 24, 2020

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From Dark to Light


by Raffaelina Lowcock

On November 9th of 1965 I was in a private room at the Scarboro General Hospital and in a very sad state of self-pity.  Suddenly there was complete darkness.  I lay there for about five minutes waiting for a nurse to come and see what could be done about the loss of light.  No one came. 

I cautiously got out of the bed and felt my way toward the window.  It wasn’t an easy journey.  I knew where the wall behind the bed was and felt my way from there.  What I was expecting to see once I reached the window, was streetlights. There were none. This was the Great North Eastern Blackout of Toronto and New York City.  I, of course, had no idea what was happening.
I was so disoriented by the total darkness, that I had to find the handles on the window to hang onto.
As my mind regained composure, I knew I should get back to the bed.  Again, I felt my way along the wall and climbed back into the bed.
Once I was settled, my mind took off.  I was here because on November 4th, I had given birth to a baby boy.  That baby died after 72 hours because of congenital problems that today would have been repairable, but back then, were not.
What was I thinking about?  Oh, I immediately worried if this was connected to my devastating situation and I knew, of course, it was not.  I thought about my husband and my four boys at home, and I wondered if indeed they were at home and, were they also somewhere where there was darkness.
As I thought of my four boys my sadness turned to pleasure.  Acknowledging that I had four healthy boys waiting for me, lightened the sadness of the death of the recently born son, John Willy.  I closed my eyes and let the tears run down my face as I cried and prayed in gratitude for what I had.
I then thought, “This darkness has helped me to see the light.”


The Dark writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a story where your character is stuck in complete darkness.


When the candle of THOUGHT lights the way.

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