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Topic: ANNOYED (04/05/18)
- TITLE: Love & Peace
By C D Swanson
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“Please…I know this is last minute, but is there any way you can see my mom today? I don’t know how much longer she has. It would mean so much to me, and my mom too.”
Sarah’s tone was somber, as well it should be. One wouldn’t guess from her voice that mother and child were estranged for years. It wasn’t the typical loving mother daughter relationship. No. In fact, it was complicated. Neither one wanted to open up about it.
Robin arrived at the hospital within an hour of receiving the call, and urgent request. She hurried down the corridor to room 202. She peered in at the scene by the bedside before walking in.
Sarah was sitting, her face in her hands. Margie was attached to all kinds of hospital “things” that made Robin uneasy. She was uncomfortable in hospitals. All kinds of bad things happened there. People died, were diagnosed with terminal diseases, and people were given death sentences, at least from Robin’s personal experience concerning family and dear friends.
Robin slowly approached the bed. “Sarah?”
Sarah jolted upward, “Robin. I didn’t hear you come in.”
“How is she?”
Sarah shook her head as she dabbed at her eyes with a pink tissue.
“I’m so sorry…”
“No, please...I’m just glad that you’re here, now.”
“I’m here. Shall we pray?”
She shook her head. “No, anyhow, I wouldn’t even know where to begin after all these years.” The pink tissue crumbled in her hands, shards floated to the ground. “I’m so bothered—well, actually the word is annoyed, for the amount of time I wasted.” Tears zigzagged down her cheeks.
“Sarah, family dynamics are complex. It happens. But, you’re here now. She’s still here, you can say something now.”
The monitors started beeping loudly. Sarah bolted, “Nurse, someone! What’s happening?”
The attending nurse rushed to Margie’s bed, “One of the leads came off, she’s fine. It's been coming off all morning. I’m waiting to switch it out as soon as the other equipment gets here.”
“Thank you.” Sarah touched her mother’s arm ever so gently, and then turned to look out the window.
“Your mother loves you Sarah. And, you love her. Don’t waste the time you have left by torturing yourself with a myriad of self-doubts, and what-ifs…and most of all…don’t be annoyed at yourself.”
“Well, she was right about Jason. I should have listened to her huh? Funny, my diminutive, gray haired mom, knew more concerning him, than I ever could. So, what did I do? I ignored her warnings, and told her, ‘I pick Jason’ and put up with his abuse…for—” Sarah’s shoulders quivered as she sobbed, “Oh Robin, what did I do? I’ll never get those years back, never.”
Robin hugged her friend tightly. “It’s going to be alright. Forgive yourself. Don’t be upset with yourself, and move forward. You can do this.”
Sarah clung to her lifelong friend, and in a small voice asked, “How?”
“Sarah? Is that you?” A soft whisper filled the air.
“Mom? Yes, it’s me.”
The faded blue eyes searched her daughter’s face. The wrinkles didn’t mar her natural beauty; she reached for Sarah’s hand. “You look good.”
“Oh Mom, I’m so sorry—”
Margie interrupted, “No. You’re here. That’s all that matters. Welcome home –babykins.”
She kissed her mother’s hands after hearing her childhood nickname. “You were so right, about everything, Mom... ”
She spotted her daughter’s friend. “Robin. How are you honey?”
“I’m fine Mrs. Ambrosini.”
“I heard you’re a Chaplain now. Would you say a prayer for us?”
“Of course, it’d be my pleasure.”
After Robin concluded her prayers, a lingering peace prevailed, but mostly, between mother, and daughter.
“I’ll leave the two of you alone.” She handed Sarah a small wooden cross. “Here’s one for you too, Mrs. Ambrosini. Remember…God loves you. Peace be with you both.”
In a weak voice she said, “You too. Take care of my baby here…”
“I will. Goodbye for now...until we meet again.”
As Robin walked down the hospital corridor, she felt blessed to have been part of a reunion between two souls who found peace and each other again…
****With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3 ****
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