Behind the Curtain (A Six Sentence Story)


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Behind the curtain a young single mother suckles her newborn son.

Behind the curtain a young man fights for his life after a losing control of his car while texting on his phone.

Behind the curtain color returns to a working man’s face, and hope lights his wife’s eyes, as his body begins to accept the newly transplanted heart.

Behind the curtain nurses struggle to calm the homeless addict, a repeat patient trying once again to obtain the pain medication her body craves.

Behind the curtain family gathers around the bedside to whisper last goodbyes.

As a nurse she’s seen it all, life and death behind the curtain.

This week we’re moving
where the cue this week is “curtain


Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

24 thoughts on “Behind the Curtain (A Six Sentence Story)”

  1. Very sobering 6 Sentence, Josie. And an excellent reminder of what happens around us on a daily basis courtesy of a profession many take for granted. All the credit usually goes to doctors.
    I love how you structured this. Powerful in its simplicity.

    1. Nurses really have seen it all, Denise, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Twelve-hour shifts of floor duty are exhausting and although the pay is very good, it is also definitely earned by good nurses who are dealing with patients and families at the most difficult time of their lives.

  2. Your six sentences are a powerful series of “behind the curtain” vignettes, one or two of which we have been part of or witnessed, but a nurse is there for it all. I think ER nurse must be one of the most stressful jobs there is. Looking at things through a nurses’s perspective – seeing, joy, love, danger, sorrow, all in a night’s work.

    1. There is so much of nursing care that goes on when families aren’t present, Val, it’s not all pretty and professional. My daughter has been shoved, punched, spit on, puked, pooped and peed on, and screamed at by a patients who are hoarding drugs. Being a charge nurse is even harder because it is your responsibility to resolve any problems with patients or staff. But then there are the patients and families that truly appreciate everything you do and make your job worthwhile.

  3. Very cool Six.
    (I have total flop post envy…lol).
    The repeating theme (there’s a cool work for that rhetorical device… somewhere in my head) but it’s the engaging words, in stunning economy, that carries/pulls and urges us through the story.

    1. Thank you, Clark! It’s not really a story, just glimpses of stories as if we were also glancing behind the curtain, but I liked the way it came to mind, so I decided to just go with it.

      1. pardon my spellcheck…. (I’m beginning to think that, some half-literate software engineer decided that what we really need is for spellcheck to go back after we’ve done our final edits. Just to make sure we appreciate their efforts, of course.)

  4. Loved your beautifully written story, Josie.
    So glad to be back to reading your stories. Sorry about the absence.
    Are you participating in the A-Z challenge,this year? I know there’s a one week’s time to link the theme reveal post.
    Love and best wishes,

    1. Moon! How wonderful to see you back! I’ve been away more than present too. Yes, I signed up for the AtoZ today, you can read about my theme on my reveal post that just went up. I’d love to have you join us too, it really is fun!

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