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lola's flame

Miscellaneous By: bshydin
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her time


Submitted:May 10, 2008    Reads: 74    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


today, a letter came to work,, signed to me, i read thinking it was a thank you note,, that i get through out the year, but this was a letter to let me know,,,, months ago i had my crew re-roof house in richland, prior to do so , i met a wonderful lady, with surprising affect on me , i enjoyed talking to her, tiny little thing with much joy in her life, she made me feel that life is ok,,, treated her like i do with all my customers,, problems occurred while on the job, with a honest mistake with the chimney that my crew installed, just day`s before Halloween and i promised her she will get to have her fire when the kid`s come knocking, like she had done for the last 52 years she`s been in the house,, i done everything i could to get this fixed, but a city code stopped me,,, for safety reason and a chance of a fire , i could`nt reinstall it,, not wanting to call her to break my promise, to break her tradition in her home, i pick up the phone to listen to all the joy she gave and then told her the reasons, because of her sweetness she understood and thank me for watching out for her,,,, as i listened to her talk about everything she had done for the kid`s for Halloween night, i felt so bad that she wont see or feel the flame she wanted, we ended up joking with each other and i said maybe you could put a light in the fire box and think back to all the years you`ve spent enjoying it with your family, we talk about other things, then hung up the phone,,, and that was the last time i heard Lola's voice again,,, her son called me,, he stated that she been in the hospital since the first week of November and will be out soon and hold on to the chimney stack until i call you, so i did for months it sat in its same place in my office, forgotten at times and waiting for the call,,,,,,, a letter came for me to read January 3rd 2008,,,, Lola's son wrote, dear Denny i was going to call but it`s better if i write, my mom is at home now, for many month she been suffering from cancer and she will not make it at this weeks end, so i brought her home to die where she feels at home, she talks a little but not too much, i placed her next to the fireplace as she asked,, she wanted me to let you know that she will look at the light in the chimney box and remember her life,,,, when i read this my life went through me, i stopped and thought hard about what she was feeling and how one go`s about knowing they have little time left,, and how a person will use something that was said to them at their end, this makes me feel that we all have the power to change how a person can think, helping ones understand that there is more to life then what we just live,, i`m sad that she will die, but i`m am happy that i gave her something to take with her,,,,,, starting a new year with more power to give, is who i am, i will always give something to the ones i see,, it is my form of pay it foreword, something that takes no time, no energy, no money and no fear,, my life i live now came from a form of pay it foreword, so i`ll do so . like i`v been doing , to make a change, that is a part of my wonder that i choose to do




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