While clasping his worn, leather billfold in her hands, tears cascaded down her cheeks as her mother consoled her. Mother and daughter reminisced about their husband and father who passed away that morning…
“You know, he lived a very full and fruitful life…”
“Umm…I guess being raised on a farm wasn’t the kind of life dad wanted to live…I guess he wanted to move away and see the world…”
“Well, he took a couple of bumps and bruises along the way….the war…his first marriage. Those things really took a lot out of your daddy. …Why, he didn’t even start looking for anyone else until about five years after she divorced him. …”
“Did he ever say why she divorced him? He seemed so good and handsome and really loved the Lord…”
“Well, he never really talked about her…it was his family that shared bits and pieces of the puzzle with me…but they didn’t know why the divorce went through either…it had something to do with her being a homebody and he wanted to explore the world.”
“Wow! Knowing Dad like I do…it probably caused major problems in his ministry – he being and pastor and all. Did church members ever know he was divorced? Surely they did.”
“Well, some did and some didn’t. He was very cautious as to who he told…”
“Mom, did I show you what I found in his wallet? Look…a newspaper clipping of his best friend and his wife with President Eisenhower. It was taken way back in 1954…and he’s kept this in his billfold for nearly 40 years!”
“Wow! Let me see that picture!...I’ve never seen this before. You know who will be preaching his funeral? His best friend, Reverend Simpson, right here in this picture.”
“No way! Are you serious? Let’s place it in an envelope, and give it to him after the funeral. I know he’ll treasure that for the rest of his life! I can’t believe I found something like that in his billfold, of all places!”
“Just goes to show you. Your Dad was a very sensitive man and enjoyed serious relationships. When I was pregnant with you and your brother, I nearly lost both of you. Reverend Simpson and his wife fell on their knees at the foot of my hospital bed and prayed that my pregnancy would go well, and that you two would be healthy babies…(laughs, and places her hand on her daughter’s round belly)…and now, little one…it’s your turn in a couple of months!”
Laughing through their tears, they knew a new little life was on it's way, while the life of their patriarch had just become a memory.
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