What a Relief!


Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.


I have so many thoughts about this word! Some I won’t mention. There just isn’t time.

I think one of the most memorable moments of feeling relieved was  when labor finally started.  Three of my four babies were two weeks late, and back then they just let you wait it out.  No scheduling for inducement.  Knowing that it was finally happening was an immense relief!

I used to suffer with migraine headaches. The relief when the headache finally began to relent is indescribable. You’d have to experience it to know what I’m talking about.

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When I was still in high school, my dad was making a 15-mile drive from one small southern Minnesota town to our own town. It was in the middle of a blizzard.  Mom was in the hospital 15 miles away.  I was home alone with my baby brother, knowing Dad was on the road. No way to stay in touch. No cell phones back then. The tension and anxiety grew because what should have taken 15-20 minutes was stretching into hours. I can’t even tell you how relieved I was when he finally made it home.  I’m pretty sure I’ve written that story somewhere.  I’ll have to see if I can find it.  (I found it!  You can read the whole story here.)

Relief is a great feeling, but it can also leave you weak and trembling.  Relief after a painful procedure.  Relief after a dreaded test has been completed.  Relief that everyone made it safe home.  Relief that the results of the medical biopsy were negative.  Relief when your soldier or sailor returns home from a war.

Relief when you can actually think of dozens of ways to write about relief 🙂


3 thoughts on “What a Relief!

  1. I can understand the magnitude of relief you would have had, when your father came home safely through the blizzard. Being in PA, I can understand how blizzard in Minnesota can be.

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    1. I live in PA now, for more than 30 years. The snow in our area is very wet because it’s never 40 degrees below zero here:) A blizzard in the midwest is terrifying in its intensity. The wind blows unhindered across miles and miles of open prairie, I’ve never seen a whiteout here in my corner of PA like the ones that took place in Minnesota. However, I think the snow here can be more dangerous because it is so wet. Very slippery and scary to drive in it. And that was a very long and detailed weather report, when I could have just said, “Thanks for stopping by.” 🙂

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