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Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)
TITLE: I Vowed It Would Never Happen.
By Iris VanDeventer-Whitney
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I give it to my Mom, she holds on with a bulldog grip that one day I might go to a service with her. I love her and I know her heart aches because I refuse to take part in church.
However, I made my mind up long ago that it was not for me. Look, I am doing fine in my life. Didn’t a publisher accept my manuscript? Wasn’t I writing my third title? Someone must be looking out for me. Don’t you think?”
Sally arrived and we headed for our unknown, to me at least, destination. We entered the back of a large building and I noticed the room was filled with many young people about our age. They all were carrying instruments and begin to gather on a makeshift stage. Sally led me to the front area where chairs were lined around the stage in a circle. We sat down and I noticed the performers were about to start.
I welcomed some entertainment. Writing took up most of my time these days and I felt the need to relax and enjoy the break.
Suddenly the group started playing their music. It certainly was loud. They resembled the Beatles. However, the name on a banner proclaimed ‘The Giants.’
I could only understand part of their songs. Then, they started to sing about Jonah and a whale, I froze in my seat. I looked at Sally. She betrayed me. This is a church service! How could I be so stupid?
I rose to my feet to remove myself from the atmosphere. As I started to make my exit, the Giant’s song filled the room. It questioned if the clouds split and Jesus appeared who would go and who would stay.
A horrible sensation filled my body and I saw a vision. My mother was leaving… I was glued to the ground.
What happened next propelled me back to the stage. I felt a ‘Touch.’ I saw no one. However, I was propelled forward by that ‘Touch.’
The next thing I knew I was on my knees and I was crying, and I was laughing. Never had I experienced such a feeling of love and warmth.
I felt another touch and I glanced around. This time someone was there. My Mother! She drew me into her arms and we both went down to our knees, laughing and crying.
Suddenly, I realized. I am doing what I vowed I would never do. Nevertheless, here I am and happier than I have ever been in my life.
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