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Topic: Sad (07/26/07)
TITLE: Not So Empty
By Nancy Jo Wilson
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She wandered through the living room, feeling the absence of the family and friends that packed the void not three weeks earlier. They arrived with smiles and hugs and good memories.
Grace entered the kitchen and busied herself cleaning up the breakfast remains. She chuckled as she remembered her friend Ruth dancing while scrambling eggs. "She should call when she gets to Melbourne." Grace muttered to herself. When everyone else left to reenter life, Ruth stayed, filling the days with small talk and cleaning.
Now, everything was quiet. Grace sat at the kitchen table and folded her gnarled, but neatly manicured fingers. After fifty-seven years, she was alone. "How will I fill my days?" she wondered. Rented movies and tables-for-one loomed ahead of her.
The chime of the clock told her it was ten. Habit reached for her bible. She looked at the cover. "I know that he is with You," Grace prayed, "But it is so empty here." She opened to her spot and read through the blur, finding "I will never leave you, nor forsake you." Slowly, she smiled. "Maybe not so empty." she thought and continued reading.
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