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Topic: Blue (10/08/09)
TITLE: The Braided Rug
By Judy Mathis
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“So let’s accept the offer on our house from the Kerman’s. It’s low and not what we wanted but it does cover our mortgage balance. We could move on with our lives,” Amy reasoned.
“Our house is worth more than the Kerman’s offer. A profit would help with our move to Virginia. Let’s not take our first offer.”
“Dan, our house has been on the market six months. The Kerman’s offer is the only offer we’ve received. We knew it wouldn’t be easy to sell. Let’s just take it and move on.”
“After almost a year of disappointing interviews, I’m relieved that I finally got a job. My mind is just overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done to make a quick move.”
“What would we do with our furniture? We can’t afford the cost of a mover.”
“We don’t have much furniture. Let’s open the house and have a moving sale. Let’s get rid of everything. We can start over when we settle in Virginia.”
Amy saw the look on Dan’s face. She reached out to him. They embraced and Amy whispered, “Everything is going to be okay. God is with us”.
The next day, Dan and Amy accepted the Kerman’s offer on their house. Over the weekend they had the moving sale.
It was a hard time to move. Amy’s much-loved grandmom had died recently. Amy and her mom were still hurting. Amy was glad there was little time and a lot to do to keep busy.
Dan and Amy packed their few belongings in their car. They were leaving for Virginia right after the closing on their house.
“I’ve packed some snacks for you to have along your way.” Amy’s mom had stopped by for another good bye. Amy almost wished she hadn’t, but admitted that she had enjoyed one more hug.
“Before you leave, I looked through more of grandmom’s things. I found a note stuck underneath her braided rag rug. She wanted you to have it.”
Amy and her grandmother spent many times sitting at her dinette table over lunch or cookies. She remembered grandmom tearing her old sheets to make rags for the rug. Since she only bought blue sheets, the rug was totally blue. Grandmom said it made it a special place for them to sit.
Grandmom insisted on giving Amy some change from her drawer after each visit. Amy didn’t like taking money from her grandmother but she couldn’t refuse when she looked in her face.
“It’s not much, honey, but it will come in handy for something.” Grandmom would always declare.
Amy opened the car door. They put the rolled up rug on the back seat.
Amy and Dan arrived in Vienna, Virginia at noon. They found affordable rental space above a pizzaria. There were a few chairs and a bed. Amy unfolded the blue braided rug in the center of the floor. They would sit on it to eat their meals. Amy enjoyed the little touch of home.
Dan wouldn’t get paid for at least a month at his new job. They had enough money to cover the rent and some groceries. Amy would occasionally work in the pizzaria.
The end of the month brought bad news. “It will be another month before they can get me on the payroll. We’ll get a large first check, but that doesn’t help us pay another month’s rent. Let’s see if we can work something out with the landlord,” Dan shared with Amy as they finished eating.
Amy leaned across the rug to give Dan a reassuring kiss. Her hand brushed across a bump in the rug. She tried to smooth the bump out, noticing something sticking out she pulled on it. A rolled up piece of paper popped out.
“Dan, it’s a twenty dollar bill!”
They lifted the rug to examine it closer. They felt more bumps along the seams where grandmom had joined the braids side by side. They spent the night twisting and turning the rug and carefully lifting out bill after bill. Ultimately they discovered fifty tightly rolled twenty dollar bills! More money than what they needed.
“Why would your grandmother do such a crazy thing?” Dan questioned.
“I guess she knew it would come in handy for something,” Amy answered, laughing and crying at the same time.
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