“After Receiving the Prognosis that She Would Always Need a Walker” by Trudi Young Taylor

After Receiving the Prognosis that She Would Always Need a Walker

by Trudi Young Taylor


She pushed through the doors, hobbled to her car, and slammed the door shut. She screamed until there was no more air in the car. She screamed as the surgical boot smirked at the backseat’s collection of dancing shoes. Screamed.

She put the car in gear and wrenched it into traffic on a four lane rural highway. She screamed until she found the exact place – an overpass bisecting a field of cow shit.

Her eyes off the road, she unbuckled her seatbelt to reach back and stroke the nicked heel of her favorite shoe.

In silence, the car pirouetted over the asphalt, leaping into the air.

TrudiTaylorBorn in Scotland from a marriage of Mediterranean Jews (artists, musicians, and a mathematician) and Viking atheists (policemen, gardeners, and a ship captain), Trudi Young Taylor, Ph.D., sailed the world on her father’s ship. Her travels influenced her perspective, crafted a spirit of adventure, and ultimately shaped her life and her writing. She is a teacher and counselor, massage therapist and yoga instructor, who began writing at age thirteen when she won an eighth grade creative writing contest.

Comments 4

  1. Alyssa Jordan

    Interesting piece! Great title, and great word choices. The ending also tied everything together quite nicely.

  2. adspires13

    I like the shortness of the piece. It makes me wonder why she would choose this over a walker. Is it the thought of getting old? Is it the loss of independence? What makes this the best option for her? I almost feel like I need a sentence or two more to really get her story.

  3. BenjiRade

    That the car can do what she, all things considered, will never be able to do again is a wonderful turn in the story, one that subverts expectations set out in the first paragraph, making me question why I feel so positive. After all, there are no pirouettes in her future. Kudos!

  4. wiptaylo

    Pretty intense piece, but I feel like I would have liked it more if we got to live inside the MC’s head a bit more.

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