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Prosery Monday- Invitation Accepted

The line for today is If you are a dreamer, come in.
The line is from Shel Silverstein’s poem, Invitation, as published in his wonderful book, Where the Sidewalk Ends

photo of a happy kid lying on white bed

“If you are a dreamer, come in.”
The old woman seemed to be talking to her closet.
The home health aide had become accustomed to ignoring conversations that made little sense. She asked her again,
“Edna, are you comfortable? Need anything?”
“No dear, we’ll be fine. See you in the morning.”
Edna Jenks had been a Kindergarten teacher for sixty years. She’d never married. So, when she’d retired, four years before, she became perilously lonely and depressed.
But, recently, her spirits had brightened dramatically. Her nurses caught her having conversations and giggling and her appetite had strikingly improved.
That very afternoon she’d sat for hours reading children’s book aloud while asking questions and applauding soundless answers.
They found her the next morning unresponsive with a peaceful smile on her face and a careworn book in her lap. It was opened to Shel Silverstein’s “Invitation”.
(144 words)

Meet me where the sidewalk ends…. | dVerse (


I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

43 thoughts on “Prosery Monday- Invitation Accepted

  1. Ohhhhh…..I wish you were in this room with me….you would have heard me utter an “ohhhhhh” out loud. This is WONDERFUL! What an amazing response to the prompt. I think Shel Silverstein would love it! You made my day. WONDERFUL!

  2. Wow, Susan. This is actually brilliant. It’s got a taste of the surreal, but it’s totally grounded in reality. Fantastic! BTW – I think you have a tiny typo in this line:

    “Edna, are your comfortable? Need anything?”


  3. I so enjoyed your poignant piece, Susan, especially as you included the book open to the poem from which the prompt line has been taken!

  4. As an early childhood educator, this really moved me. Made me wonder if that will be my final days as well…alone and reliving the 40 years of nurturing little souls. There are children’s stories and songs that will be forever ingrained in my mind.

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