|Hearts Pictures for Words (standard:romance, 1358 words)|
|Author: Snow||Added: Jan 28 2001||Views/Reads: 5094/1837||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Their love spanned half a century, collected in his journal. "Heart's pictures for words," he always said. On the day of his death, she finds the secret of his love for her, which is nothing short of magical. Swans mate for life, and souls, far|
Hearts Pictures for Words It had been a long, exhausting day for Virginia. The grandchildren all came over to help in clearing out Grandpa's belongings from the garage. The girls wanted to help Gram with his clothes, but Ginny (as her beloved had always called her) wanted to do that alone. That evening, after the children left, she headed for the bedroom that her and Charlie had shared for 52 years. Turning on the beside light, she sat down on his side of the bed. Funny how she could still feel his warmth. Her hand slid across his nightstand, fingers brushing his pipe as it lay there...waiting, as she still does. Leaning down she opened the table drawer. Until this moment Ginny had always left Charlie's night table alone. It was his space, where he kept mementos from the war, and the journal that she could still see him writing so diligently in every night. Closing her eyes for a moment, as she touched the soft tan leather of the journal, he was there at the desk by the window, hunched over. Deep in thought he was, his pipe burning away at its dottle in the ashtray next to him. His pen flew across the pages, as if he had to hurry before forgetting all that he wanted to remember. "Heart's pictures for words" he would often tell her. Heart's pictures for words, Ginny could hear herself repeating softly. Plumping up the pillows on the bed, Ginny sat back. Putting her reading glasses on, she breathed deeply and prepared to plunge into these heart's pictures that her dear husband had treasured. Carefully sealed onto that first page was the first letter that Ginny had written to a much younger Charlie, when he had to leave because of the war, telling him that she would always wait for him to return. Ginny smiled at the young girl's handwriting, and at the little hearts that had been drawn in such a hurry. She had been so very afraid that she would miss his bus, and never be able to tell him how she felt. On the following pages were his accounts of the days when he was gone, and how his thoughts were only of the beautiful red head, with a smile that could make any mortal man fly. Her eyes filled with tears a few times, and she often thought that maybe she should put the journal away for now, that it was too soon after sending him home... and yet... Ginny knew this was something that she had to do. Then, there were three letters. All basically the same, all written to her, with scribbles, and words crossed out and added -- drafts of the one that Ginny herself kept safe in her own journal.. The letter that had accompanied a very special gift. The day that had she received the parcel will forever be etched in her mind. ...Sitting on the stoop, waiting for the mail..as she did every day since Charlie left...Ginny was more than eager when the postman handed her the brown wrapped package. Ripping the paper off, inside she found a little cedar box, and inside that box was the most exquisite pin she had seen. A black onyx swan, with a diamond for an eye. Along with the pin, there was a note that read... My Dearest Ginny, Did you know that a swan will mate for life? Upon my return from this war, I would like it very much, if you would do me the honor of becoming my swan, my mate...for life? With Much Love, Yours, Charlie A tear escaped, at the memory. Through the rest of the journal, there were accounts of their life together, their 3 children ... and 7 grandchildren. But, what stood out most clearly in the pages, were the occasional mentions of the beautiful black swans at the lake at Iris Gardens. Charlie wrote of them often...especially of the one that was alone. He felt a great sadness for this swan, without a mate. He wondered why... Had this beautiful creature just not met her yet, or had he already had that great once in a lifetime love, and she was now gone.. passed on? At these words, Ginny's heart tightened, feeling a great sadness... and she realized that her hand had moved to the left side of her chest. She was caressing her pin, the swan that she had worn every day of her life Click here to read the rest of this story (71 more lines)
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