Rest in Peace Raspberry Jam by Terveen Gill

If Jerry Kismee knew that his stubborn insistence for raspberry jam with his pancakes on new year’s morning would result in the death of his beloved wife Donna Kismee, he may have reconsidered his childish behavior.

An evening of prayer and an hour of Monopoly had marked the couple’s New Year’s Eve celebration. What else could a couple in their late seventies do?

Plenty.

If Jerry hadn’t been diabetic and arthritic and Donna could afford more exertion with her pacemaker, the two might have painted the town red, blue and green. Their younger years had seen many shades of frolicking colors.

But since this was no longer the case, the two had slept at exactly nine-thirty and woken up to a rainy morning and growling stomachs. Jerry and Donna had pecked each other’s cheeks and settled into a long embrace, saying nothing but feeling the love and comfort of many well-spent years together.

As they had risen and lumbered towards the kitchen, Jerry had felt a bit reckless, letting his tongue confess the sins his mouth wished to commit.

Raspberry jam with my pancakes!

Donna had clicked her tongue and waggled her finger. Jam was out of bounds for a stiff-jointed diabetic. It was only spinach and banana pancakes with a mug of black coffee. Jerry had pretended not to hear his wife’s words and had reached for the jam hidden behind the toaster.

As his palm had wrapped around the jar, his mouth had begun to water, and his eyes had flickered with childlike delight. But Donna was a disciplinarian and couldn’t allow Jerry to be careless and had grabbed at the jar and pulled in her direction.

But Jerry was stronger than he looked, and he had refused to let go. A tug of war ensued which then lasted for only fifteen seconds. Jerry’s twisted fingers ditched him at the last second which was the exact moment that Donna had tugged with all her remaining might.

The jar had regained its freedom, but Donna had fallen backwards, her head striking the edge of the marble top kitchen counter. The glass jar had shattered, and an aged skull had cracked rendering the jam and Donna useless on the kitchen floor.

Jerry’s cries for help had brought over a concerned neighbor who had then phoned the paramedics. The old man’s teary account of what had led to his wife’s freakish demise made several hearts shudder.

An unfamiliar voice issued an odd but true statement.

What a waste of precious life.

Jerry’s weepy reply was heartfelt and instant.

And raspberry jam.

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  1. Fantastic story with a little bit of everything in so few words. I love raspberry jam and at my age the tale cuts awfully close to home!

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thanks so much, Geoff. I’d say a bit of indulgence isn’t a bad thing. It was New Year’s morning after all… 🙂

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  2. This is dark comedy at its best, Terveen. I am simultaneously amused and aghast.


    David

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thanks so much, David. When saying NO be prepared for the worst. The old and children happen to stick to their guns. 🙂

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  3. Aaysid dice:

    My, oh, my, this story was doomed from the very beginning! Brilliant writing, Terveen!

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thanks so much, Aaysid. A little jam never killed anyone. I think this might need rephrasing. Haha! 🙂

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      1. Aaysid dice:

        Haha! Awesome!👍😊 You are very welcome.

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    2. Jeffrey X dice:

      I felt his sadness.

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      1. Jeffrey X dice:

        Whoops, sorry. Didn’t mean to respond here. I am on my phone. Just meant to leave a general comment.

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      2. Terveen Gill dice:

        Thanks a lot, Jeffrey. Now worries about it. Your words are greatly appreciated. It does end on a sad and uncertain note.

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  4. ouch :0 good one, Terveen, sad but entertaining, and jam-packed for a short tale ;))

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thanks so much, Jay. There’s a lot about human nature that comes as a surprise. Have to be careful. 🙂

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  5. johnlmalone dice:

    what a ‘killer’ ending — excuse the pun but so much is revealed in that last sentence: entertaining , engrossing tale —

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      When a man wants some jam just give it to him. And save yourself before the other. A jammy lesson. 🙂

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  6. What a waste of jam……

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      No denying that. 🙂

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  7. Oh dear. What a sad ending and all on account of a raspberry jam. I guess a lot can be said about the fragility of life.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      I think when we try to save someone from harm we might actually screw up the situation even more. Be kind and pass the jam. Haha! Thanks so much, Shobana. Life is unpredictable. 🙂

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      1. haha, so right you are.

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  8. Diti Sen dice:

    So much for ‘ old’ love! Great ending Terveen, speaks in multiple layers.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Love has rules and boundaries but jam is an exception. Haha. Sometimes it’s better to let go. And old age can make you a child again. Thanks so much, Diti. 🙂

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  9. Jeff Flesch dice:

    A wonderful write, Terveen. For me, you’ve succinctly described through this wonderful story, the important choice we all have to let go, or, to not let go, and, regardless of our choice, we will bear the consequences. Great story, my friend.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      You’ve summed it up wonderfully, Jeff. We are responsible for the consequences of our choices, and at times letting go for some sweet indulgence isn’t a bad idea. In this case, it could’ve saved a life. 🙂

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      1. Jeff Flesch dice:

        Indeed, and agreed. Happy weekend, Terveen. ☺️

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  10. Please pass the jam Terveen.. I always need a little sweetness.. I’ll take my chances. 🤣👏💖
    Lovely story!

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Haha! Now that’s the right spirit, Cindy. I think getting in the way of sweetness has its own repercussions. Thanks so much and indulge when you want to. Life’s hard enough. 🙂

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