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Topic: Purple (11/05/09)
TITLE: Purple Skies
By Danii Randolph
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The morning sunlight is peaking through the bright purplish blue sky as the dawn of a calm Thanksgiving morning breaks into day. Applying the final trimmings to a traditional dinner a mother and daughter sit in the kitchen talking of times past. All the while, the daughter sends her two oldest children to the corner store to gather last minute items.
The morning preparations are going as planned until the daughter begins to experience breathing complications. With each passing second a severe asthma attack takes over the child’s body, the mother aware of the child’s distress instantly stops what she is doing.
As the mother tends to the needs of her child the child seeks relief through the use of an in home breathing device. Failing to sufficiently open the air passageway, the breathing machine does not prevent the child’s strength from declining. In a matter of minutes the home once filled with hopes of a blessed thanksgiving shifts into an atmosphere filled with panic and fear.
In her shortness of breath, the daughter transitions from the kitchen table to the living room couch as a means to finding relief. Falling short of her intended destination, the child’s lifeless body crumples to the living room floor just as screeching cries for help seeps through the mother. Piercing the stillness of the purplish blue sky the sound of wailing and screaming resounds throughout the neighborhood. Alarmed by the neighboring commotion, the older children rush home to witness the cause of the early morning stir. Faced with the unexpected, the children are greeted with the vision of their mother’s lifeless body lying in the middle of the living room floor. Panicked into action, the children speed back to the local supermarket to place a call to 911 from the community pay phone.
Shortly after the call, the blaring sound of sirens mixed with the cries of a desperate mother fill the streets. Moving swiftly through the crowd that gathered outside the first floor apartment, the emergency crew bursts through small entryway to tend to the needs of the sickly woman. Unequipped to handle the severity of the ailments, the woman is quickly transported to the hospital.
In the care of medical professions, doctors worked tirelessly to restore the life that was slowly drifting out of the woman’s body. To no avail and after much effort the doctors called it-time of death... The departure of the woman from this life left four children without a loving mother and a mother without the love of her daughter.
Only as God can do, a short time after the time of death was called- breath was breathed back into the woman’s still body and active vital signs were evident. The doctors were amazed, nurses astonished and I myself grateful. You see I am the woman’s younger child who was hiding in the hallway as I watched her life slip away. Grace be too God, I am the same child who cliched to her grandmother and older siblings as God miraculously restored life into her mother’s body.
Now when I have the chance to look into a purplish blue sky I am forever grateful and reminded of the day God allowed my mother’s golden moments to roll on.
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