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Topic: PHOTOS and/or SOUVENIR(S) (vacation) (07/16/15)
- TITLE: Paradise
By Amanda Septer
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With trembling hands she slowly turned over each picture. The trip to Italy had been a spur of the moment decision. Two weeks on the Amalfi Coast. Two weeks of living. Two weeks to not think about dying. It had been perfect, the sea, the sun, the air, and Cora. Staring at the pictures she hardly recognized this girl. Cora’s eyes reflected the exact sparkling sapphire color of the sea. Her smile was brighter than the sun and left everyone around her warmed. She was full of life and surrounded by paradise. It had been hard then to even believe that she was sick.
“Oh Lord,” her heart cried as she folded herself onto the bed, “How I miss her.” She let herself cry until there were no tears left. Her mind fighting to reconcile the images of the girl in the photos, the one emitting life, with the memories it couldn’t forget. Pushing herself back up she gathered the pictures and placed them neatly back in the box. She picked one photo of her beautiful girl’s face, and set it on the side table by her clock. She put the box back on its shelf and closed the closet door. The voice in her head had been right. It was too painful.
That night she was not surprised when the weight of sorrow came. It had been her constant companion these last four months. She turned and looked at her picture. As she battled the darkness with thoughts of what used to be, a new thought began to form. Some would be tempted to call it a revelation, but it wasn’t that grand or profound. It was more like a small pinprick of light piercing though her unrelenting darkness. Not enough to take away her pain, but enough to surprise and bring hope. As she looked at her photo she could see it, past and present. For the first time, her heart caught a glimpse of a girl whose eyes now reflected a crystal sea. A girl whose smiles now radiated the Son’s glory. Who was now filled with eternal life and surrounded by paradise.
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