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  • You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King, Jr

Terri never had a home without steps.

1940 First home with mom and dad, a duplex

1954 Moved to a new home in a different state

1961 College dorm

1965 Carried over the threshold at a townhouse.

1972 Rental in nice neighborhood

1980 Bill surprised her with blueprints for their first home of their own

2003 Sold everything she could and downsized, lonely without Bill

2012 Only two steps up to her house in a retirement village

Where will the next steps end?

  • I go to prepare a place for you – Jesus


Written for a 100 word story based on the picture prompt offered by http://PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot Thank you, Rochelle, for this challenge.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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22 Responses to STEPS BEYOND SIGHT

  1. granonine says:

    Perhaps in a mansion over the hilltop?

  2. floridaborne says:

    I’ve been on more than a few staircases where you’d better watch every single step.

    I can sympathize with Terri. My 2nd hubby and I moved 8 times in 5 years and owned 3 homes during that time. After that, it was 3rd hubby, an army base in San Fran, a divorce, a townhouse and then a HUGE mistake — buying a home with #3 with the thought of reconciliation and leaving it a year later when it was obvious that his control was going to reach me no matter where he was unless I broke the ties completely. Then a rental in Houston and, FINALLY, moved into mom’s house after she died. Been her 28 years and tell people, “The next time I move, it will be to Forest Lawn.” 😊

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’ve also moved many times. A guess all have been caused by a positive change in our lives. Thanks for the comment. I’m not likely to move more here on earth. Our son and his wife live here with us, hopefully helping us care for the place without our having to sell out and downsize. We like it.

  3. This was great! A very creative viewpoint.

  4. ahtdoucette says:

    What a beautifully framed story with the quotes at start and end. I believe she will see him again.

  5. Faye says:

    Beautiful sharing and a thought provoking image and story. Thank you,

  6. James McEwan says:

    You have capture the changes we all experience in life, from our childhood, youth, middle age and the final steps into retirement. I think a Retirement Village is the most social and peaceful place to maintain friends.
    Wishing you well.

    • oneta hayes says:

      It does seem that Terri was blessed with a forward moving kind of life. It is very good when people can spend their later days in retirement complexes of some kind. Thanks, James.

  7. Very unique and interesting take on the prompt. Many years ago, I read a book called, “Stepping Heavenward.” Seems appropriate to your story, at least the title does. Nicely done!

  8. pennygadd51 says:

    Steps up to where she lives. And steps of faith. May she be with Jesus.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’m assuming her last steps will be to Jesus, who we generally imagine will be up. When in reality He is closer by than that. That stretches the imagination, doesn’t it?

  9. msjadeli says:

    I like the theme you used with steps and how you ended on the “stairway to heaven.”

  10. michael says:

    That was different and all the better for that.

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