Black Loafers

By Gia, age 18, Florida
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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The elderly man perhaps in his mid eighties waited in the hospital lobby for his wife. He used to be a reporter for a widely known newspaper. His wife was a secretary on the twelfth floor of the building he worked in. They had been married a year after he came home from the war. Sixty years later, they lived in the same home on Blueberry Lane. They took morning walks around the block, and at 11 am, they watched The Price is Right, yelling their bets at the TV screen.

He shuffled his arthritic shoes on the linoleum floor, waiting. "Sir, do you want something to drink?" a dark haired nurse asked, her sneakers making no noise. "Water, please," he responded.

His wife was upstairs for a routine checkup. "No need to worry," she said on the drive over, placing her hand on his. She had lung cancer a few years ago, now in remission for two years. He took off his glasses and cleaned them over and over. The elevator door hadn't opened in a while; he wanted to go home and watch The Price is Right.

His water finally came and he nursed it in his left hand. The clicking of the keyboard from behind the front desk resonated in the silent lobby. He wondered where she was; the appointment was taking longer than usual.

All of a sudden nurses started running towards the elevator, hitting the up button over and over. I wonder what is going on, he thought. Scenarios rushed through his mind. Someone was hurt, maybe his wife. His hands, which were all clammy, started to shake. She's okay. I'm not supposed to worry. He wanted to walk towards the elevator and go to the third floor, but he couldn't seem to stand up. The elevator finally opened and a black loafer stepped through the doors.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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