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Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)
TITLE: For Life
By Karlene Jacobsen
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“Exhausted…” Kelly shifted searching for comfort. “Did we throw a blanket in the back?” A chill ran through her body like a volt of electricity.
“Yeah, it’s right here,” he reached effortlessly into the backseat retrieving the quilted throw he always kept in the car for his girl. In the beginning of their relationship he learned how easily Kelly caught a chill. “There’s a pillow, too. Do you want me to get it?” The base of his voice cloaked and warmed her as he spoke. There was no mistaking the depth of his passion for her.
“Mmmm…” she purred as she snuggled down into the blanket. Within seconds, she was squishing and stuffing a soft flannel-covered pillow between her face and the cold, damp window. “It’s like a dream, isn’t it?” her voice like silk flowed from her lips.
His hand swallowed hers, “Yeah, this is only the beginning, Mrs. Daniels.”
She chuckled, “We’ve had several beginnings, haven’t we?” She asked as she remembered the day they met, which was also the day they started high school. There was also the time they went to college together and then graduated and began their new careers. Now, they were beginning married life and their own family.
“Yep, we sure have.” The husky tone of his voice suggested he was thinking along the same lines. He gave her hand a gentle squeeze. “We’ve also thought our lives were coming to an end a couple times. Remember when you broke up with me?”
“How could I forget? I thought you were cheating on me…” she began to laugh now as she thought about him sneaking around with her best friend. She acted so ridiculously jealous when she caught them at the restaurant hugging. He looked up and saw her just as she was turning to run from the building. “I felt so silly when I found out she was helping you pick out an engagement ring!” Soon both of them were trying to catch their breath.
They talked and giggled, sharing their memories of the beginnings and endings of their life as a couple. Everyone but them knew they would one day meet each other at the end of the aisle of an ornately decorated church and begin a life as one flesh until the day they quit breathing.
Brandon reached in the back of his car and pulled the aged quilted throw and walked back to the shivering form of his mother. “Here Mom,” He wrapped it around her shoulders and in rapid up and down movements, rubbed her arms to generate warmth for her. He watched steam pour from her mouth as she stood there gazing at the church where her life with Martin began. “Come on, you should get inside; it’s so cold out here.”
“Yes, I suppose we should.” In a daze, she allowed Brandon to lead her into the church and up the aisle to where she would meet her husband as she said her final good-bye and their life together would be officially over.
Her other three children waited for her at the front of the church. Together they walked to the beautifully carved casket. As they held each other, Kelly cried. She looked down into the silent face of her husband, “The dream is over my dear, for now. One day we’ll begin again when I meet you in Heaven.”
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