finally, after all the craziness of the early evening had come to a conclusion, ida looked over at me and asked if i wanted anything from the cafeteria.
"i'll be right back then," ida said.
"take your time," i smiled at my new friend.
i sat at the side of mosses bed with my book, the grapes of wrath, in my lap... listening to the c-pap machine force air into his lungs. he seemed very at peace unlike previous hospitalizations. he was still, his arms lying at his side. i had covered up and tucked him in with katherine's pink and white gingham, flannel baby blanket i had brought from home...
i had fallen madly in love with this man over the many years i'd been blessed to have spent with him...
our love wasn't a romantic kind of love-
as i looked at him, i knew in my heart i wasn't going to have him for much longer. i reached over and took his crippled hand with his crooked, little fingers into my hand and crawled up on the bed next to him.
i was still sitting on the side of his bed when ida returned with her dinner.
she sat down, bowed her head to say grace over her meal, and began to eat.
it was as she was eating she looked over at me. i was still holding mosses hand.
"i know," i replied. "i love him, too."
"you could be his granddaughter?" she was prodding.
"no, if you'd ever seen my dad, you would know i am drury through and through," i smiled at ida.
ida was a petite woman with dark skin and very dark hair and eyes. she was in her mid 50's i thought. ida had lived a hard life (she told me so). she also told me she had once nearly died and had heard the voice of God. the incident had changed her life forever. ida was a servant of the Lord.
"well, i HAVE seen pictures of mr. moss' son, mike, and you look just like him," she stated matter-of-factly between bites of food.
i just smiled and assured her it wasn't so.
"i don't know," she got the last word in rather sing-songy.
(in loving memory of my friend, ida)
Ida Mae Sawyer Gee
Services for Ida Mae Sawyer Gee, 61, Henderson, who died Sunday, will be at 11 a.m. today at Benton-Glunt Funeral Home. The Rev. A.G. Winters will officiate. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery.
Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Murray Carter, Zach Stone, Ronnie Williams, Randy Bentley, Chuck Gee and Josh Gee.
love and God's blessings,
ps you will find earlier entries in ascending order on my side bar entitled, "our love story":)