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Topic: DIARY (05/16/19)
TITLE: The Secret Room
By Vicky Jeter
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Her grandmother’s tea kettle screamed but she was nowhere in sight. “Honey would you turn it off?” she said from a distance. Surprised, Mel quickly ran to the stove and then set out to find Grandma Katy.
Mel had lost everything only 10 years ago, but found a life she never would have imagined. Katy had not only saved her from living in the streets or being victim to a strange family that didn’t understand or care for her, but Katy also brought new meaning to her life.
Mel spotted Katy and ran to her side. Katy was clutching, ever so tightly a little, very old and very worn, diary, as she lay on the floor, struggling to breathe.
In the damp part of the room they shared when Katy was telling stories of the family’s history, she lay there as if she was holding onto the very life she couldn’t let go of. Then grandma’s eyes closed. Mel screamed, “No Grandma, you can’t leave me! I need you!”
Mel called for help on the old dial-up phone in the living area. She gathered her things and went with them in the ambulance. What seemed like eternity was only a few hours. The nurses assured her that Grandma Katy would be ok but would need to spend the night in their watch.
Mel was met by a friend and went home for the night.
As she slept in her Grandma’s chair, a sudden whoosh of cold air caused her eyes to fly open. She saw the old diary that Grandma was found holding and as if she was frozen in time, she just stared at it. Then it flew open and stayed open.
Mel quickly went to take the diary off the floor but suddenly it closed. She picked it up and felt a cold dreaded breeze upon her face.
What was Grandma looking at, and why was she on the floor? Mel knew it had something to do with the diary she held. It was old and many of the pages were stuck together. However, something was holding the back pages open. It was a key, but to what?
Where she was lying, there was a door. Mel always thought that what Grandma told her, the door going nowhere and just put there to hold up the earth, was true. She never questioned it, why should she?
This time Mel, curious to see what was behind the door, went over, turned the knob and to her surprise it opened.
Fear struck Mel in the stomach. “What do I do now?” she thought.
She opened it wider and stuck her head in. To her surprise there was a beautiful room, all decorated with old 1940’s furniture. There was a rocking chair and an old Bible sitting on a round table, open.
Mel slowly walked in the room. The walls were even papered. Surprised or shocked, Mel didn’t know what she felt, but she was happy. All this time she had felt a loss in knowing what Grandma Katy’s life was really like. And now, Mel was going to find out.
She opened the diary to the wide gap in the back and removed the key. Now what does this go to, she thought? After searching thru the room that was furnished and decorated, Mel was at a loss. She sat down in the rocking chair to rest.
Soon she’d drifted off. Tired and worried, she’d just closed her eyes for a moment. Then she saw a secret compartment, and her eyes flew open.
Underneath the seat of the rocker, there was a drawer. She quickly got off the chair and saw just where the key was made to go. As she opened it up, she found pictures and notes that must have dated back hundreds of years.
In the next few hours, she sat and read. The notes and pictures revealed life as it was thru several generations. Stories of heartache and triumph left a peace within Mel’s heart as she put everything back as it was.
Would she tell Grandma what she found? She didn’t know. Diaries were private.
Before she left the room, she sat back down in the rocker seeing the Bible open. It was then she felt so thankful that God’s Diary, His Word, was open for all.
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