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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)

TITLE: Just a Note
By steve killam
09/07/05


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Just a Note Before I Go

The past few weeks had been incredibly tough on Steve. There was the stress of trying to get everything done before Claire left for France. The whole family had to make sacrifices and last minute changes, but his wife had always wanted to go to France, and finally she had her chance. Then came more stress of dealing with a crash.
When Steve first heard that a plane had crashed over the Atlantic, it had never occurred to him that the plane could be the one carrying his wife. Things like that never happened to real people. When it became apparent that it was the same flight carrying Claire, he eagerly looked for news, for signs of hope, for answers. Then came the waiting, piecing together fragments of the wreckage, looking for reasons the plane went down.
None of that seemed important to Steve. All he wanted to know was how could he tell his three boys their Mommy wasn’t coming home. How could he go through life without Claire, they had been married for fifteen years, and now that seemed way too short. He didn’t even have a chance to say goodbye.
Then came the long delay before final decisions could be made. With no body, they could only have pictures at the memorial. The pictures were great; there were wedding pictures. Steve had forgotten how beautiful Claire was on that special day. There were baby pictures of all the boys, and some special family photos that brought tears to the eyes of all attending the service. “It is hard to get closure with just pictures,” Steve reasoned.
After the memorial Steve took all three boys for a camping trip. It was a chance to heal and bond, and to make plans for a new life. One without a mother and wife. After they returned home, Steve noticed the note left on the refrigerator door.
“Steve,
It’s been so hectic lately as I prepare to visit France, and I know that you will forget the things I have told you to make everything run smoothly while I am gone, so I made you a list:
1. I love you. You don’t know how much I appreciate you allowing me to take off and visit Europe. I have always wanted to do this, and you have been so understanding and supportive.
2. Always take the clothes to the laundry on Monday, that is half price day for shirts. If you forget, take them early Tuesday and Rose will usually let you have the special. Pick up the cleaning either Wednesday or Thursday. Never pick it up Friday, the lady that works on Fridays is always rude.
3. Remind all the boys to brush their teeth every morning and every night with toothpaste. If you aren’t specific they won’t always use it. Also remind all three to use deodorant every morning and to use shampoo when they wash their hair.
4. Stevie has band practice everyday until 4:00, he usually gets a ride home with Kevin Smith, call his mother (Marge) at 633-7764 to make sure he has a ride. Remind him how sorry I am that I will miss the first concert next Thursday, remind him that I will be there in spirit. (His concert is at 6:00 P.M. next Thursday, don’t miss it.)
5. Ben has soccer Tuesday and Thursday, and plays on Saturday. The game schedule is hanging on the other door of the refrigerator.
6. James has an orthodontist appointment next Monday morning at 6:45 A.M. Dr. Kent won’t keep him long,(he so good about that,) so he won’t be late for school. If he is, just write him a note and include it with the note from the Doctor.
7. Don’t worry about food. There should be plenty in the freezer. Mom will come by and cook at least one meal, and the boy’s are easy to feed at Burger King.
8. All the boy’s have to practice for the church play Sunday, don’t let them sweet talk you into letting them skip. I feel it is important that they stay involved with the church and it’s programs.
9 I love you and I will see you again before you know it.
Love,
Claire.”

Steve read the note over and over. “Yes, we will see each other soon. I love you,” was all he could say. He left the note on the door.


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dub W09/13/05
A heavy heart reading, fairly well done. Thanks.
Jan Ackerson 09/13/05
That's a fairly long note--it seems like Steve would have seen it sooner. And there are some editing and spacing issues. But--it's a sweet story of sorrow and love. Keep writing!
Maxx .09/17/05
This is a touching story ....... why do I always read things like this just before I get on a plane? ...... Nice emotional angle.