The Mandate


The old man and his wife awoke this cool spring like day in March, it was rare the weather was like this so early in the new spring season ,both soon realized they had forgotten an important event, neither could remember for what or where it was,looking at each other they ask in unison were we to be there, neither knew. Both had assumed the other would remember and make a note.

Sitting down now to their meager breakfast of dry toast and yesterdays left over coffee, coffee warmed in an old micro-wave , almost as old as their youngest child. Now quietly sitting at the table in their small sparsely furnished home they began to ask each what it was they had forgotten. Could it be the son or daughter were to come home for a visit, Oh ,the woman beamed looking so fine with the long-lost shine of youth  upon her again as she remembered back to the last visit, it had been so many years now. Could it have five years Oh, know that had to be wrong, yet It had been so long since even a picture arrived in the mail or even a simple call, both was busy they had their lives to live, their children to raise. The old man seeming to know her thoughts; looks upon his wife of forty years and says with a bit of a shiver a breaking quiver in his voice the mere hint of a crack as he spoke, Honey you know how it is the kids may well have sent many things,but with the mail sometimes it comes other times it does not, The latter being far truer these past thirty years now.

 

Breakfast finished both went about their morning chores, medication to take, breathing treatments and injections, it was then that the old woman noticed the refills had not arrived, she knew she had placed the order. Now what could be so wrong that they did not come?

Honey, did the pharmacy guy bring our medications yesterday or the day before?

From the other room she hears his reply loud as if standing beside her, a resounding, and no as the old man calls out his voice echoing around the house…

Why? Didn’t you call them in?

Well, yes I did, I know I did. The old woman says looking at her list of things to do and checking each she has marked off.

It’s there she find that yes she did make the call. So she goes to her phone and places the call, well hello this is…., I placed an order on Monday past and it still has not arrived, could you tell why?

The phone went silent as if the person on the other end had cut the line, it seemed like an eternity as she listened to dead line not even canned music could be heard, and then a voice loud and deep echoing making the phone vibrate in her hand asks,  may I help you, please. Well yes, you can. I was just calling to ask about our order and why it had not arrived.

Listen carefully now will note repeat this to you I have more important things to do than explain the law to those who can not pay attention; so as you were informed in the letter we sent you, as of March one you and your spouse will have reached the designated age set forth under the new heath care mandate and are no longer eligible for Medical aid of this kind. However if you have cash you may pay for some items, but you must also have the required permits to do so.

The old woman her face now as she remembers what the event was and yes they were here and they were required to be there. Sir, I thank you for your time and please accept my apology. Shaking ever so slightly, she set the phone down and goes into her husband.

As she enters the room old man senses then sees the melancholy overwhelming his once cheerful wife. Honey what is it, why so sad? For nothing could be that devastating he thought to himself.

Sweet heart, she says looking down at him. I know what we forgot. Looking up the old man asks well what is it. Honey we have been cut off, we reached the mandated age, so we are no longer eligible for health care, except for the end of life mandate. Or if we can get permits and then are allowed to buy some of our things. Sweet heart the old man says too much time, they so do love that red tape they hide behind the regulations until they come for them, you know I will not beg, too much effort, I fought this long ago and was told I was ignorant and stupid, now it has come to pass, let the learned take up the fight if there are of them left. As for you and I my dear sweet wife, Lets just take a walk and sit and watch the sun set and then enjoy as many sunrises as we can.

 

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