Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictoneers – Institutionalized


Venom flowed through her veins. Hate was a mild word for what she felt for him.

She had him taken to an institution. He would be there for life.

Her mother died shortly before he was placed there. Doctors said her frail body was from malnutrition and improper medical care. At 88, she needed home health care. Instead, her mentally challenged son was her only caretaker.

Why was she angry at him?

It helped soothe her guilt.

Banned from his mothers funeral by her, he raged. The perfect storm for him to be taken away.

Lord grant her soul redemption.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100
Photo Prompt: Sandra Cook



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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

44 thoughts on “Friday Fictoneers – Institutionalized

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  3. Such a tragic tale of this dysfunctional family. It’s always the most vulnerable who end up suffering. 😦


  4. Wow! A lot going on here. A bit of sibling rivalry, a dying mother, trickery, guilt… Well done.

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    • Hi Alicia,
      Where does the time go? I’m just responding to last weeks challenge.
      I’m running as fast as I can, but like a cartoon character, I’m running in place. 😁
      I agree there’s a lot of harder in this one and a lot more to add. I guess I should write a longer version.
      Thank you for always visiting and commenting. Have a beautiful weekend.
      Isadora 😎

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  6. Well written story, and a great description of an un-loving family. I felt sorry for the mom. Her daughter obviously didn’t care enough to check on Mom and entrusted that responsibility to her brother, whom she knew was lacking in mental capacity. Then when Mom died, she blamed her brother and had him institutionalized. I’m not seeing how it makes her feel less guilty to blame someone else. It sounds like something Donald Trump would do. 🙂

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    • Hi RG,
      Sorry about the late response. Things are a bit hectic.
      I’m smiling at your comment. I appreciate your saying it’s well-written. My writing journey has been to improve my skills.
      HA HA … I like the comparrison to the Donald. Yes, I think there’s a lot of blame everywhere in this family. I hope to write
      a longer story. Can you lend me some time??? 😄
      Isadora 😎


  7. Though I found the animosity between the siblings to be really painful, especially since it became worse with a parent’s death and though I felt the brother deserved sympathy, even affection, rather than the flagrant hatred, the story felt very real.
    Very well written story, Isadora.

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    • Thank you, Moon. I’m very pleased you found it to be very real. It’s an observation of a dysfunctional family I’ve known.
      That’s why I didn’t use names. Yes, it’s sad but the dynamics bring it about. I appreciate your visiting and leaving such a stellar comment for me.
      I’m smiling as I reply. 😊
      Isadora 😎


  8. If he was put into an institution maybe he was too sick to be blamed… maybe hatred should be directed elsewhere… but at least he’s were he belong.

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    • I’d say you are right about the need for him to be institutionalied. Perhaps, the mother couldn’t
      do it; therefore, despite the anger, the sister did. Ahhh … the mysteries of dysfunctional family dynamics.
      Thank you, Bjorn. It’s always a pleasure to see you here. Your comment was insightful.
      Isadora 😎


  9. Such complex emotions conveyed in so few words Issy! Brilliant! 🙂

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  10. Your story made me stop and think. At first I thought the daughter was most to blame. The son, being mentally challenged, perhaps was less culpable. Society and care providers let the family down, so they deserve some blame.
    And then I wondered about the mother. She has two children who hate each other and have shown over years – decades – that they can’t work together. How did she raise those kids? Maybe her death was chickens coming home to roost…

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    • Oh … I love thinkers. I must say I had to read your comment twice. It’s very insightful.
      It’s an observation of a dysfuctional family. The dynamics are complex. Far deeper than
      100 hundred words can allow to write in detail. I’ve been toying with the idea of creating
      a book just from this one observation. I’m getting more serious about it as I write more
      vignettes about these people. Thank you for your great comment, Penny. I appreciate all who visit.
      Isadora 😎

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  11. Querida Issy,

    Me gusta la frase, “venom flowed through her veins.” Such an evocative way to put it. Perfecto. Espero que un día escribiras má en este cuenta. (Feel free to correct my Spanish. 😉 ) Quite the family dynamic. You left me wanting to know more. ¡Muy bien, mi amiga!

    Abrazos y Shalom,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      After I wrote the line, I thought, “Wow where’d that come from?”
      Soemitmes, my mind can regurgitate some interesting phrase. LOL
      Su espanol es muy perfecto. Solamente creo que – ma … sea mas.
      I’m working in vignette from the observer of this dysfunctional family.
      I must get this all together one day. I’m starting to confuse myself.
      Gracias por sus buenas palabras. Siempre me da mucho amor para seguir.
      Muy amable mi amiga,
      Isadora 😎
      ps – do you have a program that adds the upside down ! and the other exclamations? : )


  12. What a sad situation for the mother, to be neglected by her son. Her daughter feels such guilt and needs someone to punish. Sad situations. Nicely written, engaging story. =)

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  13. Amazing story with so many years of pain and resentment behind. Well done.

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  14. A complicated family situation!

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  15. I have read that it is not the people who are bad or evil but the circumstances . But again some overcome bad circumstances and turn out to be angels.
    A story of family feud and revenge wrecks the heart.

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  16. So she took her guilt out on him, her father or brother?

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  17. A family feud of the highest order. Sounds like the start of a revenge drama.

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  18. But who is she? And how does she have the power to have him institutionalised?

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  19. Revenge poisons not just the targets but also the perpetrators

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