Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: YOUTH (04/04/19)
TITLE: Sisters Love Times Two
By C D Swanson
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Anna sighed, took a deep breath before answering, “Because Mommy said you should, and I’m going to tell if you don’t.”
“You’re a little tattletale anyways, you always tell on me. Who cares, it’s worth not washing those dirty stinky dishes. I’m going outside to read my comic book.” Carrie turned to her sister and stuck her tongue out before walking away.
Anna washed the dishes without further ado. She wasn’t one to confront or debate for long. Besides, as the older sister, she had more responsibilities than Carrie, and with it came a lot of mature duties.Their mother was really sick, and in the hospital. Their father worked all day long and at night went to be with their mom until visiting hours were over.
She prayed daily for her mother to get well so they could be a normal family again, and selfishly, she wanted to experience life as a teenager. She felt as if her youth was robbed from her during the past year.
Carrie burst into the kitchen and grabbed the coke bottle from the table, shot a sideways glance at Anna before dropping from sight again.
Anna didn’t realize she began to pray aloud, “Lord, my Father above, please heal my mother, not only because I love her, and want her back home, but I don’t know how much longer I can do all of this extra work thrown on me. Help me Lord, please…” A solo tear dripped onto the dish she held.
She continued aloud; “Lord, are You really holding all of my tears in a bottle up there? Do You hear my prayers? Will You heal Mom? I need You Lord, please I’m just so tired…”
Carrie had come in quietly and stood listening to her sister’s heart wrenching prayer. She didn’t know whether to hug or run from her. But all she knew was she felt something deep down inside. It was an uncomfortable feeling, an unsettled one. It was one that she hadn’t experienced prior to this moment, and she wondered what it could possibly be that she was feeling. Right then Anna turned to see Carrie wide-eyed with tears streaming down her face.
“Honey, what is it? Has something happened?” She dropped the dish and ran to her baby sister and immediately held her. “What’s wrong?”
She sobbed in her big sister’s arms, “I’m sorry, I um, I’m so sorry…”
“For what honey?” She brushed back a strand of her honey blonde hair, and wiped her tears away with the dish towel.
“For being a jerk and not helping more around here, all of a sudden I feel like I should be doing more.” She sobbed uncontrollably in Anna’s arms.
“You know what? I’m the one that’s sorry. You are but a youth, a mere ten years old. I’m much older and should know better than to bother you with grown-up stuff. Hush now, and take a glass of milk, there’s a piece of ice box cake left over.”
“Anna, how do you do all of this? How…I mean, do you ever think that mommy is going to—"
“Hush. Mommy is going to be just fine, you hear? Just fine. God listens to all of our prayers. Besides, He never gives us more than we can handle. He says there is a time for everything, and when we get older we put away things from our youth. Well, you’re still a youth…so, I promise you, I won’t bother you anymore with the dirty dishes, or other things that grown-ups usually do. Okay?”
Carrie hugged her sister, “Anna, I love you. And, I’m really scared; do you really believe Mommy is going to be okay?”
“Yes, you must have faith. If it’s God’s will, she’ll be home soon.”
“You know what?”
“You aren’t really a little tattletale. I was just being stupid.”
“It’s okay…” She laughed. “But thanks for telling me so.”
Carrie placed her glass and her dish in the sink. She was about to walk away. But instead, she turned on the water and began washing them both, dried them, and put them away. She smiled and felt much better. “I promise to help a little more…”
Anna beamed with pride and her heart rejoiced as she said; “You know what pipsqueak? I think you just grew up quite a bit tonight. You really did…”
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