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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: Grammy's Rosebush
By Pamela Kliewer
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“This isn’t easy for me to say honey, and it will probably make you very sad. You know that your grammy has been very sick for a long time.”
“Yes, Mommy, but we prayed and Jesus is gonna make her better!”
“I know we prayed, sweetheart, I know… but…”
“Grammy just has to get better, Mommy! She just has too!”
“No, Shelly, Grammy won’t be getting better. She, she died this earlier this morning. She’s in – in heaven with Jesus now.” Her eyes were filled with tears.
Shelly’s eyes filled with tears too and she just stood there. She’d never felt this way before. Her body was heavy and it felt like she couldn’t move. “Oh Mommy! Why did Grammy have to die? I wanted her to stay here with me for always and always. She loved me! I loved her. She was my best friend!”
While Shelly was still speaking her mommy took her in her arms, holding her close. Stroking her hair, she said, “I don’t know why Grammy had to die. I know you will miss her. We all will.”
Shelly pushed away from her mommy and ran down the steps. She was so mad! Why did God have to go and take her grammy? She ran to the barn and up into the hayloft where she often went to just be by herself or where she and her older brother Tommy, would sit and just be together. He was twelve and he was so smart! She loved talking to him about things because he always listened and had great answers for her many questions.
She was surprised to find him up in the hayloft – and he was CRYING.
His whole body was shaking.
“T-tommy?” You know about Grammy?”
He looked up at her from where he was laying on a mound of hay. His eyes were red and puffy and his face was streaked with dirt and tears. His gaze was soft as he looked at his little sister, usually so spunky and full of life. He knew the sadness she was feeling. “Come ‘ere.”
She flew into his open arms and sobbed her little heart out. “Why did Grammy have to die? It’s not fair!!! She was my best friend, next to you, and, and, oh Tommy, it’s just not fair!” Tommy put his arms around her and held her.
“I know it’s hard Sis, she was my best friend too. Grammy was, well, she was special. I’ll miss her so much!”
Shelly raised her tear-stained face and looked up at Tommy, and her heart went out to him. She snuggled against him again, and patted his arm. “I’m sorry Tommy. What can we do? I’m so sad. I’ve never felt this way before.”
“Well, we can cry – it’s OK to cry ya know. God knows we’re sad, and the Bible says He collects our tears in a bottle.” (i)
“Really?” Shelly looked at him with wide-eyed wonder. She smiled a little. “God cares that much about us?”
“Yeah, Sis, He does. He really does.”
“And Grammy’s in heaven, huh? So we’ll see her again some day…”
“We sure will! Won’t that be great?”
“Yeah!” Shelly wiped her tears and reached up to wipe her brother’s tears too. She loved him so much. “I hope YOU never die, Tommy.”
He looked at her, his eyes sad, “I hope you don’t either, Sis, but right now let’s think of something we can do to always remember Grammy by.”
“I have an idea! Let’s ask Mommy and Daddy if we can buy a rose bush to plant by the porch so we can remember her!”
“Yeah! That’s a great idea!”
A few months later the rosebush Shelly and Tommy bought to remember their Grammy was in full bloom by the front porch. Its pink blossoms always reminded them of how gentle and kind she always was and how she took an interest in their lives, never tiring of hearing about their days.
She would always be missed, but her memory would live in their hearts and the rosebush reminded them, too, that some day they would see their Grammy, who they loved so much, in heaven again some day.
(i) Psalm 56:8
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