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Topic: Fame (05/10/12)
TITLE: A Price Too High
By Genia Gilbert
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ďOh, Mom, donít worry,Ē Terra told Celia a couple of years later. Her college choir tour was something she had anticipated for months. She knew her mother was concerned about their lack of sponsors, as well as the inclusion of only two inspirational songs in their presentation. For that reason, Terra had made a special visit home to reassure her she still maintained her values and behavior. Still, she saw concern in her motherís eyes.
ďOh, Mom, donít be so unbending,Ē Terra said to Celia a few days after college graduation. She tried to explain her involvement with Christopher. Her mother was not pleased he had moved into Terraís apartment. She didnít seem to understand how handsome Chris was, or how helpful he could be in her quest to go further with her singing. Well, I canít remain under Momís thumb forever, Terra thought. Preparing to return to school, she kissed Celia goodbye, seeing the disapproval as their eyes met.
ďOh, Mom, donít put a damper on this,Ē Terra begged, a few years later. She had a recording contract, for goodness sake. It was super news. It would mean lots of money, travel, and fabulous experiences. Be happy for me, Mom, canít you? Iím even insisting they include a gospel song, Terra struggled with mixed emotions. Still, her mother did not share her excitement nor encourage her. This time Terra turned away, unwilling to meet that penetrating gaze.
ďOh, Mom, donít fret. Iíll get there right after Christmas,Ē Terra comforted Celia. She wasnít able to miss such a huge concert. She had the opening number, and rumors were that a movie producer would be there, looking to fill a singing role in an upcoming film. Feeling guilty, Terra realized she hadnít been home to Momís for almost two years now. She was thankful it was a phone conversation, and she could only visualize the disappointment in Celiaís eyes.
ďOh, Mom,Ē Terra whispered. She stood in the same little country church where she had sung her songs to the Lord all those years ago. In it, Terra sensed Godís presence as she had then, but in sadness instead of joy. This time there was a flower-covered casket at the front. In it lay her beautiful mother who had died suddenly the week before.
ďOh, Mom... Oh, MomÖ Oh, Mom.Ē
But her motherís eyes were closed.
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