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Topic: DULL (05/12/17)
- TITLE: Uncomfortable Remembrance
By Ken Grant
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"Stop that," Bradley's father scolded while swatting Bradley's legs down. "Show some respect."
There was that word again. Bradley didn't mean to disrespect his grandmother, but the service was so, so long and he didn't understand most of what was being said. Adults had a way of talking that made no sense to an eight-year-old.
"It's okay, honey. Hang in there. It's almost over," Bradley's mother said as she patted him on the leg in an attempt to bring him comfort.
But almost over wasn't the same as completely over and Bradley was so uncomfortable and so bored and this funeral was lasting forever. He wanted so badly to get up, run outside, and play in the sun, but he knew that he couldn't do so. But why couldn't he? Why couldn't he remember his grandmother in the way that he wanted to? He closed his eyes hoping that somehow the time would go by faster.
"Let's go, honey. The service is over."
Bradley opened his eyes, but he still felt a little groggy. He realized that he must have fallen asleep; at least for a little while. His mother took his hand and together they walked outside. Once free of the structure of the funeral, Bradley began to run about. He wasn't completely sure why; it just felt right. He had always been able to run around and play at his grandmother's house. He had really loved his grandmother and he missed her a lot.
"What are you doing, honey?" Bradley's mother asked him once she was able to corral him by grabbing hold of his arm.
"I'm remembering grandmother."
"Oh, you're playing the way you used to play at her house. I get it."
"Yeah," Bradley's eyes gleamed as he spoke.
"I like that."
Bradley's mother gave him a big hug as she said, "I believe your grandmother enjoyed your celebration much more than ours; so much more."
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