Life is beautiful and wonderful…
(A slightly unusual post, but I hope you’ll bear with me…)
*Someone’s sitting on death row, condemned to death for a crime he did not commit.
*A young woman just got raped.
*A childless widow near retirement age just lost most of her life savings by participating in a financial scheme she did not understand.
*A child died of AIDS.
*A man got diagnosed with ALS.
*A traffic accident killed the parents of two children, who are now orphans.
*A married woman just realized her husband of two decades has been cheating on her for a long time. She does not know what to do.
*An old man decides to end his pathetic existence and shoots himself.
*A dog starved to death because the owner neglected to take care of it.
*Some people are employed to try to minimize the number of bullets which leave the barrel of a machine gun and do not proceed to later hit a human being.
*A young man lost most of his teeth in a bad mugging.
*A guy working in a saw-mill lost his right hand due to a work accident with a chain saw.
*A child forgot to look both ways before crossing the street, and was killed by a woman whose life will never be the same again.
*A decision is reached at the family council. The father summarizes and tells his two sons that they are to kill their sister next week in order to protect the honor of the family. They all feel that this is the best option.
*Yesterday people from the government came by and took her two children away from her.
*An old man with dementia who for the last few years has had no visitors dies at the local retirement home.
*A man who’d been married to his wife for fifteen years was yesterday told that she no longer loves him, and that she wants a divorce.
*A woman is unable to sleep due to pain from a broken arm. She broke her arm in a recent violent argument with her abusive husband, who refuses to let her see a doctor. She lives in a part of the world where there are no women’s shelters, and she has no money or friends who might be able to help her.
*A long-time smoker has been feeling scared for weeks because he’s started to cough up blood and is worried that this might be something serious. He’s too afraid to see a doctor.
*A couple was just told that their new-born child has Down’s Syndrome. Before the child was born they had no idea anything might be wrong with the child.
*A Chinese man in his forties has lost weight over the last months and some of his teeth have fallen out. He’s also had stomach pain and memory problems. He’s worried that this might have something to do with his long-time work at the local battery manufacturing plant, but he can’t afford to see a doctor about it.
*A poor alcoholic went blind from drinking methanol.
*While they were on vacation abroad, their house burned down.
*A sixty-five year old woman suddenly feels the onset of the worst headache she’s ever had while out shopping with her grandchild. She’s dead before she reaches the hospital.
*Three children are praying with their mother. A major storm hit the coast last evening, and their father is a fisherman who did not return from his fishing trip yesterday.
*A young man was recently in a bar fight. The other guy had a knife. The young man is now awaiting a kidney transplant.
*Yesterday a homeless man died from hypothermia.
*The morphine can no longer block out the pain. The woman starts to scream.
*A mother is told by her adult son that after thinking things over carefully, he’s decided that he’ll never speak to her again, because of what she did.
*A taxi-driver was involved in an accident and has just learned that he’ll need a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
*A couple is told that if they don’t pay the rent they owe next week, they’ll get kicked out of their flat. They already know they’ll never be able to raise the money in time, but they don’t know what to do.
*A young man learns that one of his former classmates, whom he used to bully in middle school, has recently taken his life. He feels partly responsible.
*A prostitute was beaten up by one of her clients.
(I’ve been thinking about writing/publishing ‘inspirational short stories based on real-life events’ for a while…) (No, not really…)
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