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A Lady Called Mrs. Graham
by Richard L. Provencher  
10/28/2012 / Christian Living


I like to visit my neighbor.

She lives in our apartment building. Upstairs. The third
floor is hard to climb sometimes.

But I don‚t mind. My name is Benjamin. I‚m six.

Mrs. Graham is nice.

She walks all bent over. Dad says it‚s because Mrs. Graham is old. But I say it‚s because she points a lot.

I bend over too when I point at birds in my back yard. ‚Mom-Dad. Two more.‚

‚What kind?‚ they ask.

I know they want to learn. ‚Now mom, you have to remember. Chickadees,‚ I say.

‚Right,‚ she answers.

I‚m smart too. Mrs. Graham says so.

She likes it when I take her for a walk. She walks slowly.
And we talk.
She says I‚m a good boy. ‚And good boys deserve a treat,‚ she says.

Peanut butter cookies are my favorite. ‚Yummy,‚ I say.

Today we talk even more than yesterday. She gets like that sometimes. Talk-Talk-Talk.

‚When I was a young girl‚‚ All her stories begin the same.

But when I listen her eyes light up. They are like fireflies at night. I know. My parents took me to the cottage last summer.

Mrs. Graham wants me to listen to her. ‚Polite boys don‚t look away,‚ she says. So I listen. And I look at her.

‚My first son looked like you,‚ she says. ‚You also have dark hair and bushy eyebrows. And long legs, just like my Kevin.‚

I like to hear her talking about her son.

‚Where does he live?‚ I ask.

‚He went far away,‚ she answers. And I can see a tear. So I don‚t ask any more questions.

‚Time to walk some more,‚ I say.

‚Yes, and talk-talk-talk too,‚ she answers.

I listen, about her house in the country. ‚Packs of fireflies came at night, and the stars were always bright,‚ she says.

‚Oh, the times my husband and I canoed on the river.‚ She looks at me. And smiles.

‚We had cows to chase. Then we played on grass, greener than crayons.‚ She finally took a breath.

‚I have a whole stack of crayolas,‚ I say.

‚Ssshh,‚ she whispers in my ear. ‚I had so many birthday blessings,‚ she says.

‚Now I want to thank you,‚ she said.

It was time for me to go. Supper was waiting. Mom too. And dad must be home from work.

Mrs. Graham gave me a huge goodbye smile.

She also gave me a bag of grapes.


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¬ Richard & Esther Provencher

My wife, Esther and I really enjoy writing. It is an excellent salve, in addition to prayers, a great wife and family during my continuing recovery from a stroke/aneurysm. You can contact us at: richardprov2@gmail.com re comments on our work. We live in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Pray for others.

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