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Microfiction: Economic Meltdown

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   20 Comments | Posted in Grandma's Goulash · microfiction · Succinctly Yours

Here’s a quick rundown on Daniel. He’s still at the Shriner’s burn center, but he’s off the respirator now. They are working to get him eating solid food–his body is burning up to 12,000 calories a day through the healing process. Also–great news–his burns have been re-categorized from third degree to first and second, which will mean fewer grafts and less recovery time.

The young lady who was also burned is still in ICU. I’ve not been given any information on her prognosis.

We’re so grateful for your thoughts and prayers. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of these two kids.

Grandma’s Goulash graciously hosts Succinctly Yours, the wonderful meme for those of us addicted to microfiction. The trick is to write a story in 140 characters or less using the photo below as inspiration. To add to the challenge is the word of the week, “serene.”  My story is below.

Economic Meltdown
(139 words)

“Really? This is the ‘serene waterfront condo’ you rented for our anniversary weekend?” Ann cried. “Hey,” Ed shrugged. “Blame the economy.”

To read the microfiction stories of others participating in this meme, please click HERE.

Thanks for visiting! See you on Wednesday for the belated, but naked truth about . . . . CLUTTER.

Have a great week!

20 Responses to "Microfiction: Economic Meltdown"

  1. Comment by anthonynorth
    November 14, 2011 at 6:58 am  

    Enjoyed the Micro. I feel for you regarding the burns. I had severe 3rd degree burns to a hand when I was young, requiring major plastic surgery. We do get through it.

  2. Comment by Rinkly Rimes
    November 14, 2011 at 7:23 am're obviously enduring a crisis and yet you have time to think of us. Thank you.

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 14, 2011 at 7:32 am  

    Anthony – Thanks for your insightful comment. I'm sorry you were injured, but it is a relief to hear from someone who has "been there" that everything really can resolve just fine. Thank you.Rinkly Rimes – Thanks for your comment. I have to admit that all of you, my blog friends, are helping me during this time. The kind thoughts and prayers are so uplifting, and being able to go to everyone's blogs and be enlightened or entertained is wonderful therapy.

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    November 14, 2011 at 8:28 am  

    Still praying for Daniel and his friend, glad to hear he is improving.You tickle me with these little ditties.

  5. Comment by Sarah
    November 14, 2011 at 8:52 am  

    I've been pretty disconnected from the blogosphere, so this is the first I'm reading of Daniel–so glad to hear he's recovering!

  6. Comment by Lynn
    November 14, 2011 at 10:08 am  

    Love and blessings to Daniel and the family and you are included in that. Still the Queen of Microfiction–had no doubt about that!

  7. Comment by Pat
    November 14, 2011 at 10:26 am  

    That husband has a lot of back-peddling (back-paddling?) to do! Love it, Lisa.I just now have read about what happened to your great-nephew Daniel. What a brave young man! I am praying for a complete recovery without any complications. Shriners hospitals are fantastic.

  8. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    November 14, 2011 at 11:02 am  

    Good grief! I think Ed might be a secret polygamist who sometimes goes by the name "Billy," as my dear spouse blames everything on the economy –right down to having to put his dirty undies along side the hamper and NOT in it!

  9. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    November 14, 2011 at 11:04 am  

    Please know that I keep your nephew and the young lady, who has also been hurt, in my Good Night prayers.

  10. Comment by Mama Zen
    November 14, 2011 at 11:11 am  

    Ed might not make it through the weekend!

  11. Comment by BECKY
    November 14, 2011 at 11:34 am  

    Thanks for keeping us updated about Daniel and his friend.I love your micro fiction, as always! I agree with Lynn above…you ARE the Queen of Microfiction! Hugs…

  12. Comment by Eric 'Bubba' Alder
    November 14, 2011 at 11:51 am  

    I just read about the burns. My heart goes out to them both.

  13. Comment by Jim
    November 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm  

    Hi Lisa ~~ Some anniversary, huh? A lot would depend whether or not Ed knew ahead of time or not about the condition of the place he rented…Real sorry about your great nephew, Daniel. I will be praying for him and his friend. Also I will be peeking on your updates although I may not comment then…

  14. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    November 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm  

    Hmmm, reminds me of early marriage arguments where my husband accused me of only approving of at least 2 story hotels and I accused him of a fondness for 1 story motels.Great to hear Daniel is still doing well.

  15. Comment by Pooch
    November 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm  

    Uh, no, I'd blame Ed—not the economy! ;)Blessings on Daniel. Thank God for small victories along the way to recovery.:)

  16. Comment by Sonia Lal
    November 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm  

    I blame the husband!

  17. Comment by Katie Gates
    November 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm  

    Hi Lisa, I hadn't seen the posts regarding Daniel. I am so sorry to learn of his situation, and I hope he continues to recover. My thoughts and prayers are with him, the girl he helped, and your family.The microfiction is brilliant, as always!

  18. Comment by Tammy
    November 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm  

    Clearly stress doesn't dampen your creativity any! Good thoughts continue for Daniel and his friend.

  19. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    November 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm  

    I'm so glad Daniel's injuries have been upgraded, Lisa. But 12,000 calories a day is a lot to use up, and hard to replace.Hope and thoughts and prayers wending your way and from you to him and his friend.Your microfiction was perfect. That husband must have read the ad Grandma posted about.Kay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  20. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    November 15, 2011 at 9:22 am  

    Hi Lisa, sorry I'm late over here…your story really does match the picture! I am so glad to hear that our prayers are being answered so quickly and that Daniel is recovering from his burns; this is very wonderful news. I am also praying for his friend and her family. God bless you guys; and thanks so much for stopping by to visit in the midst of all that is going on in your life.Hugs,Kathy

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