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Topic: Happy (07/12/07)
TITLE: The Flower
By DeWayne Bricker
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Are you okay little girl.
She did not look up right away, but slowly raised her head and smiled. I noticed a dry line down both cheeks where tears had recently fallen.
Yes, sir, I’m just fine.
What happened to the petals on your flower?
I pulled them off.
I was trying to decide if I was happy or not.
This response intrigued me, so with a grunt and quite a bit of effort I managed to sit down beside her.
Did something make you sad?
Yes, my mommy died on Thursday and I just came from the cemetery.
I’m sorry, was she sick?
No, she was in a car accident.
Oh, I see. Is that one of the flowers from the funeral?
No, I picked it while walking home. It was just standing there all alone beside the road and I thought I’d take it and look at it for awhile.
What happened to the missing petals?
I was counting them. I pulled one off for feeling sad and one off for feeling happy.
Why did you stop?
I didn’t want to get to the last one and end on sad.
Are you still sad?
No, not any more.
My daddy told me that mommy was in heaven and that there is no sadness and no one ever has to cry, so I decided that I wouldn’t be sad either because I didn’t want my mommy to have any reason not to be happy.
I turned my head to hide the tear that raced down my cheek.
She looked over at me.
Are you sad?
I stood up, still looking away.
Oh, no sweetheart. I don’t think I could ever be sad again.
Are you going to heaven one day, she asked?
I looked down at her and smiled the best smile I ever smiled.
Why, yes I am.
She stood up and handed me the flower.
I’ll see you there.
With that she skipped away singing a happy song and I watched her with a new happiness in my heart.
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