On the afternoon that the Mama died, the Husband, Long-time Friend Kathy, Molly the Cat, and I sat on the patio and ate our lunch. The Mama's apple tree and her butterfly bush gave us shade from the warm Spring sun. The sky was blue. The Mama's roses, daisies, and other flowers were in bloom. The birds serenaded us. The Mama's bedroom window faced the backyard. I like to think that she could see, smell, and hear the day as we did and that she enjoyed listening to our relaxed cadences and tones.
At one point I leaned back in my chair and gazed at the sky. A crow was lazily flying back and forth. It was like a photo, the crow framed by the foliage of the Mama's trees and bushes. As I watched the bird, I felt like I could see the Mama's spirit flying up towards the crow and dancing alongside it.
When I finally looked away, I saw a white butterfly fly out of the Mama's garden by the rose bushes. That was the first white butterfly I saw that day, which, ever since the Daddy died 34 years ago, represented the Daddy saying to me, "Hello. All is well."
The Girl That Did Fly
Unlike other fairy tales, Midge's wish did not come true. So, she thought.
One morning, Midge woke up, thinking, "Ah, today is the day I shall fly."
She flung off her blankets and jumped to her feet.
Bounce! Bounce! Bounce!
With each bounce, Midge hung in the air higher and longer. Nearly three-quarters to the ceiling, she turned somersaults and back flips, cartwheels and spins.
She bounced and she bounced until her grandmother opened her door.
"Very good, my dear," said Lola Sue smiling so proudly. "You're getting to be quite good with the triple flips. I do believe you take after your grandma."
Lola Sue jumped onto the bed, and together they bounced.
Bounce! Bounce! Bounce!
Holding hands, they bounced even higher and higher.
"I think it is time," Lola Sue said."Are you ready?"
"Yes! Yes!" exclaimed Midge, although she knew not what it might be.
"Then let us go!"
Midge and her Lola Sue bounced once more, hung a second, then flew around the room.
"Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh," said Midge. "Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee."
"Hold on tight," said Lola Sue, as she lead the little girl out the door, through the house, and out a window into the Lola's garden. From there, they soared up through the banana plants and into the big, blue sky.
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