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Topic: AGREE TO DISAGREE (05/04/17)
TITLE: Different Ways To See
By Ken Grant
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"Do you know what will happen when you die?"
"I'll be fine."
His mother had thought to parry his thrust with humor, something that had always worked effectively in the past, but unlike previous encounters, this time John had held his ground.
"I'm serious, mom."
"Sometimes a little too serious for your own good. You need to enjoy life more."
John knew that she was baiting him, but that didn't make it any easier to resist the temptation. He fought with everything he had the desire to defend himself and pull the focus off of his mother and her eternal destiny. She would not succeed in misdirecting him this time.
"Do you believe that you will go to heaven, mom?"
"You know I don't believe in that stuff, John."
"It is real."
"If it works for you then I am glad, but I will not have you forcing your religious beliefs on me. You are better than that."
"I love you, mom."
"I know you do."
At that moment he had sensed an impasse. John did not want to lose his close relationship with his mother. He had seen no option but to leave it at that. They had hugged and he had left. Yet, now, he felt so defeated. Had he given up too easily? He was convinced that he needed to give it another go. He confidently made his way back to his car, but as he did so his phone chirped that a new text had arrived. A quick glance at his phone caused his heart to sink.
He read, 'Get to Poplar Community Hospital immediately. Something has happened to mom.'
John raced to the hospital with his mind in an uproar. He hardly remembered the effort as he met his sister at the main entrance.
"Mom is gone. She had a massive heart attack."
The words cut deep. The pain in the eyes of John's sister matched the state of his soul. Could he have done more? Was there more that could have been done? He longed to know, but maybe there was no answer; only pain and loss and eternity.
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