the caretaker | write out loud

“John returned those”

“We don’t need them.”

“No, John, we don’t need them either.”

” Let’s go.”

“If we’re not careful, we’ll be here all day.”

“I want to get home, I’ve had enough shopping”

“Juan we are going to look for the milk, then we are going to look for the bread”

“No John not here, the floor is not your bed”

“Come on, John, move, you can do it”

“If you are good, we will give you a piece of cake in the cafe”

“Yes John, a little cake and a glass of milk, but you have to be good”

“Oh John, I’ve had enough, let’s just go”

“I know I said you could have cake, but I said you had to be good”

“I give up John, let’s go have some cake”

“Whoa! Mrs. Carter, hello!

“How are you?”

“John, say hello to Mrs. Carter,”

“Please ignore him, Mrs. Carter, he just wants some cake.”

“Yes John we are leaving shortly, wait”

“How’s it going with John?”

“Is it very kind of you to ask, Mrs. Carter?”

” No good,”

“If it was my son, and I was an active twenty-seven year old”

“I think I could manage”

“I think I could cope”

“I would have more energy”

“More get up and go”

” But now?”

“I’m the wrong side of sixty-seven”

” I am so tired,”

“Sometimes too tired to care”

“Sometimes I sit in my armchair”

“Watching him fight”

“I realize it’s getting dirty”

“But I stay still”

“I sit on my couch and just cry”

“Not just for me but for this man”

“This once strong virile man”

“Who is this pitiful little man now?”

” With me,”

” Until death do us part”

“I fear that death is far away”

“Our wedding vows have already died”

“I am an unacknowledged and unappreciated caregiver”

“To the man who once stole my heart”

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