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Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)
TITLE: Beyond Sight
By Tracy Pereira
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Maya and Susan had planned for an amazing holiday, but a few days before , these rude highschoolers disrespected their neighbour’s grandma, making fun of her old age. So, instead of grounding her, Maya’s mom, a tough woman who took pride in teaching her children to do the right thing, decided to send her to volunteer at a local old age home for the entire break!
Maya was bummed , but had no choice. Susan went with her.
“Welcome”, a lady with a smile greeted them . This was going to be a nightmare , they thought as they walked past the garden towards some rooms with a beautiful porch outside that had comfortable chairs, with old men and women sitting, some having tea, while others chatted or laughed , while some knitted sweaters for their grandchildren.
Maya and Susan greeted them. However, there was one lady who caught their attention....she was sitting by a window inside her room staring outside with a smile on her face. “Don’t go in”, said an old man out loud. “She is sick and is not allowed to come out for a while”.
“Oh , please Frederick, it’s so beautiful”, the old woman smiled. “My name is Catherine”, she said to the girls. “We are Maya and Susan, nice to meet you”.
“Nice to meet you too darlings, I know you can’t come in but I can tell you what’s outside” she said. “Sure”, they replied as they pulled up two chairs right outside her door.
“I see 2 children playing, one riding a bicycle, the other pushing him. There is an icecream truck too. Oh look, 2 squirrels just ran up that tree. The flowers in that garden are in full bloom. Purple, yellow, red….oh my those roses are so lovely”, she happily said. Maya and Susan smiled as it brought back memories of their own childhood. Catherine continued to tell them how beautiful it was as they imagined it.
Soon, it was time to go. Days passed and everyday they would come in and sit outside Catherine’s room as she told them about what she saw outside in this beautiful spring. It wasn’t such a bad experience after all, they thought.
Soon enough, the last day arrived. As they approached Catherine’s room, everyone was silent. They looked in the room and her bed was empty. The chair by the window was empty too.
“She passed away late last night. She was a wonderful lady. But after she became completely blind following an accident 20years ago, it was never the same”, said Frederick, as he comforted them.
“Blind?”, thought Maya and Susan,looking questioningly at the old man...What did he mean ..Blind..
They ran to her window, tears rolling down their cheeks….All they saw was a huge dumpster outside. No garden, no children,…no squirrels….no colors…no icecream truck...just a dirty old dumpster!
They started to sob.
This old lady had taught them an amazing lesson…..That life is beautiful and should be appreciated every moment that you live it. That you don’t need eyes to love and be thankful for what God has blessed you with…..Make the most of the time you have.
This had turned out to be their best spring break………..what they had just experienced would change their lives forever….
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