Writing Prompts

Clearing the Air

I was emotional and torn up with grief when I said what i said about being afraid Dad was mistreated at the residential care center where he passed away. I want to clear the air and say that Micheal and his staff were caring, loving, and went above and beyond in their service to Dad. The family would like to thank everyone involved in Dad’s care at Sparks Assisted Living Residential Care center for the loving treatment he received. In addition, I want to thank everyone at Hurst Plaza and Glenview Wellness and Rehab for all they did to try and help my dad. They did their best for as understaffed as they were.

I copied the obituary from the funeral home to share here with you.


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Gustave Peter Robicheaux, Jr.

October 21, 1934 ~ November 22, 2021 (age 87)


Gustave Peter Robicheaux Jr. born October 21, 1934, died peacefully on November 22, 2021.
Gus, as he was known to friends and family alike, was born in Franklin, Louisiana to Catherine J. Lechner and Gustave Pierre Robicheaux who preceded him in death. Also proceeding him in death were his sisters, Marion and Marjory and the love of his life-Betty, who passed away in 2014.

Gus was a proud veteran of the Navy where he achieved the rank of petty officer first class. He was a fourth-degree in the Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Legion.
Gus was a double engineer and had graduated from SMU. He loves to garden,  tinker in his garage, and was a frugal but accomplished master of all trades. He could  fix anything and was always ready to lend hand to whom ever needed his help. From working on cars to fixing TVs, Gus could do it all. His hobbies were playing pool, making wine, and gardening. He was well respected in his field, loved by all who knew him, and will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

Gus is survived by his daughter Kimberly S. Smyth and her husband David, his son Kevin, and three grandchildren-Sean P. Robicheaux, Joshua S. Smyth, and Christopher A. Smyth, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services for Gus will be at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church in North Richland Hills on November 9 at 11 AM. In Leu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Knights of Columbus.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Gustave, please visit our floral store.


December 9, 2021
11:00 AM
St. John The Apostle Catholic Church
7341 Glenview Drive
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WOD Challenge 3-24-20 Write Your Own Obituary

You know, I was just thinking about this for a post the other day! Due to us all hanging out at home more, I thought what a great time to encourage others to write their own obituary, it is a writing exercise someone taught me a while back. It’s great practice, providing a fabulous prompt if you are stuck for something to write.

What would you want to leave behind? This is a chance for you to examine your lives, say what you want to be known for, or simply contemplate your own worth. Have you accomplished everything you ever wanted to? Would you die happy and ready if the time came tomorrow? How about we all give it a shot and then, if you feel like it, share them with me. If you don’t want them posted here, you can shoot them to me an email. I think it could be an interesting introspective. I’m going to try it myself, I may learn something!

The other thought I had was crafting our own autobiographies. Who knows? One or some of us could become famous someday for the words we write today! Maybe some of you have already done this. I actually had one started myself, but WORD has locked it from me and I can’t figure out how to get back in. (Me and my computer problems, ugh!) It was going to be called, “Me and My Short Self, A Memoir.”


My obituary would go something like this:

Kimberly S Smyth

Kim was a loving wife, mother to Sean, Joshua, and Christopher, daughter to Gus and Betty Robicheaux who never took life too seriously, choosing to take it as it came, one day at a time. A planner as well as a pantser, she loved to entertain family and friends, write, craft, play games, and work in her yard. A born caregiver, she worked for years in the medical field, as well as caring for others in her family. She was liked by many, loved by a few, loved her family and friends fiercely, and leaves a legacy of written words behind. She is survived by her husband, David, her children and grandchildren, her father, and her brother, Kevin. Her extended family is all over the world. She loved to volunteer her extra time when she could, take trips to the ocean, and a great margarita. Summer and spring were her favorite seasons, and music was her first love.

Ok, this is hard y’all. Obviously, this needs some work, but you get the idea. At any rate, it’s good practice and it get’s you to thinking about your life and what you can say about it. What do you think? Feel like taking a stab at it yourself? Good luck, then, I can’t wait to see your posts, or read your emails.



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