Recycled: We Shall Not Be Shaken

While endeavoring to write more, I came across a website that provides 365 writing prompts. I have chosen a handful of them to use here in time. For the first one, I chose the following prompt: “Recycle: Take something you’ve written in the past and rewrite it into a completely different piece.”

I picked a piece that I wrote in 2007 titled “We Shall Not Be Shaken.” This was always one of my favorites and I hadn’t read it in years. I decided to take it and make it into something new using the events of the last few weeks. Here it is:

As most of you know, my dad had a very unexpected heart attack two(ish) weeks ago. I had arrived home from school earlier than usual and my dad soon after finished his treadmill run. It is not unusual for my dad to feel a little off after a run; after that energy expenditure and the heat and humidity, it is reasonable for the body to be working more for homeostasis. By all appearances it was a regular Wednesday evening. But rather than a fit body reaching its equilibrium quickly, as it always has, my dad just wasn’t starting to feel better. He then asked for an ambulance.

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