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The Woman at 4 AM

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by Diane Hoover Bechtler    Suspicions Verified  >


The woman wakes at 4:00 A.M.. She looks at the clock to make sure it is 4:00 A.M.. At this hour her husband and the cat are still sleeping and she can be decisive. She will no longer support her 33-year-old son who has no job and no prospects. She vows to write 500 words every day. She swears she will do for exercises twice a day.

The woman at 4:00 A.M. knows exactly what she should do, which is not what she has been doing.

Then she goes back to sleep and suffers amnesia, when she wakes for the day. When talking to her husband over coffee she realizes she has to keep supporting her 33-year-old son or he will end up homeless. She doesn't want to write 500 words a day, maybe 300 maybe every other day. She hates her exercises.

She loves her son and never wishes he were a different person.

These women live in the same body with totally different thoughts.

Ruth becomes certain that everything is possible at 4:00 A.M. and almost nothing is possible at 8:00 A.M..


published 25 June 2013