I live in New York. Itís the biggest city in America. Today I go back to school. So I can learn lots. Mommy says I have to.
My dress is blue. My Mommy and daddy bought it for me. For my seventh birthday.
Iím a big girl now. But Mommy says l canít buy milk at the store downstairs by myself. No more. Because daddy is gone away.
Daddy used to work in a high tower building. And then it fell down. That was on September, with two ones after it.
Mommy says bad people made two planes crash. Into the building, I mean. Thatís where my daddy used to work.
There was a fire. Daddy had to go put it out. Lots of smoke. I saw it on TV.
I was watching my favorite program. Then mommy came and hugged me. I spilt my hot chocolate all over the floor. All over my bunny slippers.
Mommy looked so sad. At the TV, I mean. Not at me. Her eyes had lots of tears. Like a lake.
And she wiped her face really hard. Her cheeks were red like fire. Like on TV. ďDonít squeeze me tight,Ē mommy. I said.
When daddy gave hugs, he liked to squeeze too. But heís not here anymore. Now when I go to sleep, only mommy comes. To hug and kiss me.
Mommy stays longer, than before. And we talk a lot. About me and daddy. And mommy, too.
We play card games. Now I win more times. I think mommy lets me win on purpose.
Daddy used to laugh when I tickled his nose. Then he would grab my toes. And play, ďThis little Piggy went to market.Ē I liked that.
Now there is just me and mommy. All by ourselves.
In the morning, I still miss my daddy.
Mommy lets me brush my teeth first. Even if I take a long time. She sits on her bed. And waits. I try to go fast, fast.
Mommy stares at pictures of my daddy. And me. He looks so happy in them. There are lots of pictures. All over the house.
Mommy says daddy is in Heaven. I donít know where that is. It must be a nice place. Because mommy says one day we will be together again.
Daddy and Mommy. And me too.
Now I go to school. And I work real hard. I want daddy to be proud of me. Iíll never forget him.
Because when mommy cries, I remember my daddy.
© Richard L. Provencher 2003
Richard & Esther live in Truro, Nova Scotia. They have four children and five grandchildren. Their novel FOOTPRINTS is available from www.synergebooks.com. Both are busy in church work and community outreach. They welcome (adult only) feedback regarding their writing at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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