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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Enter (02/27/06)

TITLE: They Were so Close
By Carol Dee Meeks
03/01/06


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"I hear you are going to live with your granddaughter?" I
asked when she entered the room of the resident I was visiting.

"Yes, I'm so excited. Can't wait," the little lady with the
walker said to me.

"I will miss you so much," the one in the wheelchair said,
the one I had come to visit.

I watched as they reached for each other. Trying to hug,
they poked each other in their eyes. One disabled from the legs
down, and the other one from the waist up, but this friendship had entered their lives years ago. Time had brought these two together as they served this same center and watched their mom's last days end here. Now, they were not the servers, but the ones being served. One had children and grandchildren, the other one childless. But the bond between them was solid like glue.

The wheel chair patient was broken hearted her friend was
leaving but happy she would have a change of pace in her life.
How lonely she would be, was at the core of her heart nagging in
agony. Trying to hide her feelings, she glanced her way with a
smile.

The one standing was eager to go but didn't want to be a
burden to her granddaughter that had come forth to save her from
this institution. Her compassion whirled around the room
knowing her friend would stay behind while she would be
surrounded with love from this precious grandchild.

She turned her walker around and started toward the door.
Tears left their trail. Even though she was entering a new life, she had sadness mixed with gladness.

The one left behind reached for my hand, and said, "She is
so lucky."

“When did this decision come about?” I asked.

“I hope it is her dream,” the one who would be left behind
said to me, and yet, she was happy for her friend’s new freedom.

My heart broke for both of them.

Several weeks later when I went out to visit the one left
behind, she had grand news and was wearing a smile larger than
her face.

“What’s up?” I asked her as I found a chair.

“Her granddaughter came but she couldn’t go. She is
staying. We will see the end together.”

The lady re-entered Good Sam’s. She vowed she’d stay with
her friend that did not have someone as dear as she had. They
would enter God’s Kingdom together just as they watched their
moms enter His Kingdom together. This bond was many years old.

“I would be a burden to my granddaughter,” she explained.
“She has a life full of energy and pep. I would put a damper on
that.”

They unpacked her belongings so she could stay a spell.

Both ladies died within weeks of each other. They entered
heaven almost together, for I know that is where they went.


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esther robinson03/07/06
Good writing.