“He’s dead??” Cathy asked with an astonished look on her face. Jeremiah shook his head yes, and said, “Very much so.” Her eyes grew wide, but she did not have the reaction that Jeremiah though she would, at least not at first. She sat on the grass, next to him, drew her legs up, and planted her head firmly in her knees, and wrapped her arms, around her legs. She said nothing. It was as if, she was pulling into herself.
After a long silence, Cathy said, “Miriam?” Miriam moved towards her instinctively, and said softly, “Yes…Cathy…” “Miriam do you remember when you told me about crossing oceans…..?” Miriam managed to maneuver her long frame down, to sit next to Cathy, and said, “Yes sweetheart….” Miriam felt herself being very tender now. Without looking up, Cathy continued, “Well I need to do some of that now…….crossing oceans…….and well….…you’re the closest thing I have to a mother………so……….would you hold me?” Cathy lifted her head, just as Miriam silently extended her long arms towards her. Cathy fell into them, and landed on Miriam’s shoulder.
It was then that the floodgates opened. “Ooooohhhhhh God!” All of the emotion came to the surface, with huge sobs, weeping, and crying. Tears were streaming down Cathy’s face, and onto Miriam. “I was so, so scared!!!……..” Miriam responded by holding her closer, with both hands on Cathy’s back. “I know.”, was all that Miriam could say. Cathy continued with, “I know it’s not right, but I’m glad…….I’m glad he’s dead!!” There was more weeping. No one realized Cory was weeping too, and she came up behind her mother, wrapped her arms around her mother’s neck, and yelled, “Mommy!” Miriam let go and Cathy embraced her daughter, and an even greater flood of tears began. They cried for at least five minutes, the two of them together.
Jennifer was crying too. She had never seen such raw emotion, and such beauty before. She found herself looking away, overcome with feelings, as she held baby Jacob to her own shoulder. One thing was for certain. It was at this moment she realized, that she loved these people. She wanted to be with them, or close to them, always. They were her family now.
As she looked up into the beautiful fall sky, she thought of her boyfriend Jacob. Oh how she wished he was here, holding her, right now! She thought…..looking into the clouds…..well it sort of looked like…. his face. Jacob was always so handsome…..she closed her eyes, and it was if she could feel his arms around her. And then……it was if she could hear his voice. He said, “You are headed in the right direction – keep going this way…..” And then he was gone. Jennifer whispered quietly, as if he was still there, “I will…. my love…..I will……”
To be continued.
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