By Wanda E. Brunstetter
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Slowly, as though she were in a daze, she made her way across the room to her dresser. She knelt on the floor and pulled open the bottom drawer with such force that it nearly fell out. As she removed the stack of letters she had received from William during his time in Ohio, a sob caught in her throat. Her hands shook as she fumbled through the envelopes until she found his final letter. In a shaky voice, she read it out loud: Dear Miriam, I’ve always thought of you as a special friend, so I wanted you to be the first to hear my good news.
Miriam took a seat in the chair next to her mother, her fingers kneading the folds in her dark green cotton dress. ” Mom set the bowl of peas on the small table nearby and pushed a wisp of graying hair away from her face where it had fallen loose from the tight bun she wore under her stiff, white head-covering. ” Miriam released a quiet moan. Her mother always seemed to know when she’d had a rough day or wasn’t feeling well, and she knew if she didn’t offer some word of explanation, Mom would keep prying.
It’s real tasty, and I know you’d like it. ” The child babbled on until Miriam thought her head would split wide open. “I appreciate the offer, but I—I really can’t go with you on Saturday,” Miriam said, when she could finally get in a word edgewise. She pushed her chair aside and stood, then moved quickly toward the door, hoping Amos would take the hint and leave. ” At first Amos stood there with his mouth hanging slightly open, but after a few moments, he took hold of Mary Ellen’s hand and went out the door.