It was still warm outside and humid, so she sat in the car for a bit with the air conditioner running. She looked down to check her cell phone and dozed off. That 17 hour shift really made her feel all of her 50 years and then some. She closed her eyes. All was tranquil. Peaceful…She remembered looking up at the stars for a bit before checking the phone.
She isn’t sure how long she slept but suddenly she felt a hand on her shoulder and heard her son cry out, “Mom!”
She looked up and said, “What?!”
“Mom, you scared the shit out of me! I thought you were dead! I mean it! I’ve talked to you for five minutes and you didn’t hear a thing and I saw my world crashing down!” he said.
“Sorry…Just had a long day–”
“I know Mom, but that really scared the living shit out of me! You need to get to bed.” he said, as he ran his hand through his long, black hair. She saw the concern in her son’s eyes. They had started to well up. Then he calmed down.
She didn’t argue…She merely got out of the car, crawled into her bed and cratered once again.
It was then that she began to think…In an instant the lives of those around her could have changed forever. She is sure that is what he was thinking as well. However it doesn’t change the fact that working long hours are a part of her life. It doesn’t change the fact that she loves and cares for everyone around her. However, at this moment, she does wonder how her absence would affect their lives, but since she saw her son’s first reaction, she had come up with an interesting thought.
The only film that addresses how the absence of one from the lives of loved ones affected family members was only addressed effectively by the movie called “It’s a Wonderful Life“.
Well, it may not be Christmas. The woman may have her troubles at the moment. However it is a wonderful life. Things will get better–health-wise and in other areas.
Her hope is that it gets better for some of her friends who are having some issues of their own as well. She looked out over the Brazos River last week and said to the 4 winds, “Be with them and guide their way.” She left it at that for the moment. And now she is going to rest her tired eyes once again.
Have a good evening.