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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the MYSTERY genre (04/05/07)

By Roxanne Howard


It was very hard seeing my mom lying in a hospital bed. She couldnít breathe on her own so she had a machine doing it for her.
I remember like it was yesterday. I was at work and my co-workers and I was talking about the funny things people sometimes say. I told them that my mom had a pet peeve about young women today. How they stay in a relationship thatís abusive and some of them even think itís their fault that theyíre being abused. She had always said love doesnít hurt and nobody deserves to be beaten. Even if a man came home and found her cheating on him, he has one of two choices. Pack her bags and tell her to get out or forgive her and try and work it out. But one of the things she used to say that my sisters and I didnít understand was ďI love you as long as you let me love you.Ē And just as I thought my co-workers looked at me and just started laughing. And I asked them, what does that mean? Just then one of my co-workers told me I had a phone call. I just knew it was my youngest daughter calling me again for something that could wait until I got home. But instead it was my sister on the phone saying that my mom was standing at the bus stop around the corner from where she lived and had passed out. A Good Samaritan saw her and called 911. My world had just fallen apart.
As I arrived at the hospital my youngest sister greeted me and she told me that my mom was woke and was responding to the doctorís questions. That she knew she had passed out, she knew who my sister was but when he asked her what year it was she started to say 1990...something and it was 2005. But the doctor said that wasnít anything to be alarmed about. Little did we know it was about to get a lot worse.
By the time all of the immediate family (my two sisters, my seven children, their dad and my two grandkids) got there my mom had fell into a comma.
The doctor told us that she had a major stroke and it didnít look good.
Since my mom was in intensive care we couldnít put real flowers in her room. So I went to one of those craft stores and bought some artificial flowers and an angel to put in her room to watch over her. The flowers were a bouquet of pink roses that werenít opened. They were perfect.
Two days later though they pronounced my mom brain dead. We went in as a family and then one by one to say our good-byes. I took the flowers and the little angel home. The funeral was beautiful and the weather was perfect for October. When everything was over and I returned home I notice that the bouquet of artificial roses. Some of them had bloomed! I asked my children did they mess with the flowers. They did not. Even my grandkids hadnít touched them. We were shocked. How can a bouquet of artificial flowers bloom? I tried to pull open some of the ones that werenít opened. They wouldnít budge. So no one could have pulled them opened. To this day I really think it was my mom telling us sheís in a better place and letting us know sheís happy.
And as for your quirky little saying mom, I get it now. Youíll love someone as long as the relationship is going well. Sure there may be disagreements, arguments maybe some heated discussions. But when it comes to physical or even mental abuse then thatís it. Love canít live here anymore. Love doesnít hurt and it certainly doesnít tear you down.
We miss you MOM:(

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Angela M. Baker-Bridge04/12/07
I'm sure your Mom appreciates this tribute you've written to her. Did you check the preview mode before you submitted? It seems like you had paragraphs but after you pasted it in they were lost... happens to mine every time. Then you have to re-do them after they're pasted. Thanks for sharing.
Jacquelyn Horne04/13/07
A sad story with a lot of truth in it. The verb plurals/tenses need attention, but otherwise it is a good story.
Mo 04/13/07
Cool story.
Catrina Bradley 04/14/07
Thanks for sharing this story - I assume it's true? Love the unsolved mystery of the roses, AND the solved mystery of love.
Valerie Hopkins04/15/07
I have realized that true love, that is God's love, is so deep that He loves us even when we don't love Him. As a Christian we should also strive to love others like this.
We are called to love even the unlovable. It is hard to do sometimes but love should be greater than just loving people who love us.
Matthew 5:46 - "For if you love those who love you , what reward have you?"