Laura Only !

Describing her portrait sitting on the hearth is a difficult memory after 25 years. She was my first patient as a working Home Health Aide in the city of Rochester New York. I was use to a wild and angry diversity, more then Laura’s family found me. The soul kitchen smelled foreign to me as I must have looked to them. Me in my white nurse outfit, white stockings and soft leather shoes. This contrast to Laura and her family caused silence to fill the rooms; at first not a word was shared… eyes dashed and people shuttered around. Slowly, family members left. As the weeks went on I arrived to Laura only. She suffered a stroke and I was there to help her recover. From her I learned that kindness does matter in this world, and that diversity blends like sugar-water. Swallowing  it down was wonderful rewarding…
Dark long hair. Laura was wearing a black derby hat. A picture from the 1940s. A smile as sweet as she was all her life. I have regrets leaving Laura and her family. I found a better job for more pay.

Taken from the Portrait of Laura By Hudley Flipside

Author: Hudley Flipside

Welcome to Hudley Flipside’s “The Seminary Of Praying Mantis Publishing.” Praying mantis shows me her story of life, death, and rebirth. For me she is an image or symbol of the divine in all things. I watch the praying mantis in my garden and have taken her image as my logo. She is an amazing little creature, and I relate to her connection to nature. We are both wild and part of this strange world. She is a part of my mythology as I am part of hers.

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