Beginnings and Endings

As Robert packed up the house, tears began to flow in his eyes. So many memories this house held. He thought about the time that he and his sister was playing ball and broke the window in the living room. They was so scared that they would get in trouble. “No worries”, Mother said. “It was an accident. It happens. Next time you want to play ball, please do it outside.” He remembered the smell that rose in the kitchen every Sunday, as she cooked dinner. It was so intoxicating, especially when she made his favorites. Her cooking recipes was known all around the town, and her pies was legendary. He remembered the last time he saw Father with his suitcases as he kissed his son on the cheek; leaving the house never to return. He watched Mother as she cried and begged him to stay. He had never seen his mother cry before. It affected him deeply.

He went upstairs to made sure all the boxes was ready in the bedroom. He could hear her voice as she sung while sewing. Her voice was so sweet and the birds outside joined in harmony with her whenever she sang. But that was all in the past now. He would never that heavenly voice again. He sobbed quietly as he sat in the middle of the floor in his mother’s bedroom. He missed her terribly, for it had only been 2 weeks since she made that heavenly transition. He felt like his heart was breaking and would never heal. Just then, he felt those familiar hands on his shoulder. “Mommy?” As he turned around, he realized that those familiar hands was Simone’s, his sister. “I still can’t believe we are letting go of the house”, as tears continued to roll down his face. Simone just sighed and said, “I know. It is just like we moved here yesterday. It feels like the end of an era, being here for so many years, but we promised Mom we would move on after she passed and let go of the house. We have to honor her wishes. We will still have those memories of her and the house in our heart.” Robert stood up and started hugging her as they both cried. It was time to move forward, but that did not mean it would not be painful. Just then, there was a knock on the door. It was the movers with the van. Right on time, Robert thought. As they watched the movers load up the van with Mother’s belongings, they shed their final tears. They knew and finally accepted that they had to face this new chapter of their lives without their mother. They would get there eventually, but it would take some time.

Summer Madness

     It’s Saturday morning. Beach Day! Robert was super excited since he had not been to the beach all summer. He turned on the TV to watch the weather report. “Highs today will be in the upper 90s so make sure you bring your sunscreen”, the weather man says on the television. Robert looked to his sunscreen but forgot he used all up. “No worries”, he thought. I’ll just get it at the beach.

     He rushes to get dressed and flies out the door. He goes down in the subway and it is packed with people. “I guess everyone has the same idea!” he smiles. Just then the train comes. He pushes his way onto the train and suddenly realizes how hot the subway car is. He can’t move because there are just too many people on the train. As the train pulls off, he can feel the sweat running down his back. He feels this painful poke and he turns around. There stands a woman with her umbrella listening to her music loudly, not thinking about those around her. He tries to get her attention to tell her to move her umbrella, but she is in her own world. He thinks to himself, “I can tell it will be one of those days.” So he angrily takes the umbrella, glares at her, and says, “Your umbrella is poking my side! “She snaps back at him, “I know you did not just take my umbrella! Who do you think you are?” At that moment the train stops suddenly and the conductor let everyone know that there will be a delay. He thinks, “Great. I can’t breathe as it is in this non-air conditioned train. Now we are stuck.” For a half hour the train sits there and then slowly pulls out.

     Robert finally gets to the beach 3 hours later. The humidity is high now and it becomes hard to breathe. He sets his blanket on the hot sand, and starts to lay back, when this woman and her 5 kids sits next to him. These kids are so misbehaved it gives him a headache. One of the kids kicks his water bottle onto the sand. He jumps up and gets ready to yell and the kid when the mother looks at him and he thinks twice about saying anything to the kid. “Now I have nothing to drink”. As the sun glazes on him, you can see his skin quickly turning dark and then a shade of red. Just then the same kid who kicked his water over slaps him on the back, laughs and says hi. Searing in pain, he jumps up and says, “You stupid mutha…” and the mother snatches the kid away, turns to Robert and screams, “DON’T YOU DARE TALK TO MY KID LIKE THAT! I WILL KICK YOU BUTT ALL OVER THIS BEACH!” Robert snaps back, “Well maybe if you trained you kid correctly, he would know how to act!” By this time a crowd forms to watch the fight. A cop shows show and tell them to separate or he will arrest them. Robert yells, “Screw this! I am going home! I can’t deal with this woman and bratty kids. They belong in the zoo!” You can hear the mother in the background cursing at him and calling him all sorts of names. “Never again will I go to the beach on a day like today. Next time I will keep my butt at home with the air conditioner!” he thinks to himself. The end of a non-perfect day.