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|Dodie and Me (standard:non fiction, 1834 words)|
|Author: Dianne||Added: Jul 18 2004||Views/Reads: 1757/1249||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The storm was getting worse by the minute, and Eugene had been gone all day ! The search was on in the community, to find my brother, Eugene. I knew that he was safe, because my friend Dodie told me he was. And Dodie was always right about everyth|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story Everyone was excited that Eugene was home! My Mama shouted, “Where was he? “ “ He was down at Miss Susie’s house, “ the man said. “She knew that she had to get him out of the rain, so she brought out cookies and milk on her porch., Then she just waited, and kept Him there, because she knew that someone would be coming by to take him home.” Dodie and me were laughing. I said, “ We tried to tell them that Eugene was o.k., but they wouldn’t listen to us ! “ “ That’s o.k. “ Dodie said, “ They just don’t understand us, they just thought we were being silly, that’s all; it’s alright, everything is going to be o.k. I promise!“ I remember when we would go over to visit our friend Mr. L and his family. His wife was Named,” Winifred! “ Dodie and me loved her, but we thought her name was funny! Dodie and me would sit in the corner, and laugh and laugh, “ Winifred! “ Dodie always made me laugh, when things weren’t going well. We didn’t like Mr. L because he always laughed at us. We didn’t know why he laughed at us, but Dodie said, “Don’t worry about it, he just doesn’t understand us. Sometimes Mr. L would say stuff like, “ There ain’t no Dodie! “ I would get real mad, and scream, “ He is too real; he is right here beside me, and he is eating supper with us! “ I said, “He knew that you wouldn’t want him here, and he knows that you don’t like him!“ Mr. L would just laugh. He just thought it was funny when I got mad! I’d say, “ You just don’t Know, Mr. L, Dodie is with me all the time.“ I don’t think my mama and daddy thought it was so funny. One night, when we were at Mr. L’s house, (Dodie didn’t want to go, but I made him go because I wanted him with me, like I always did.) Mr. L jumped up and said, “ I am sick and tired of hearing about Dodie! “ Let’s go and lock him up in the closet!“ I screamed and kicked as he locked Dodie up in that closet! “ I cried and cried; I was just a little girl, and I couldn’t make him stop! Mr. L was Big! Dodie was Gone, and I was so sad. I remember my mama talking about how sad I was after that day. I guess that I just blocked everything out because life was not the same without Dodie, and he was gone ---- I remember hearing stories about what a sad child I was, after that day. I didn’t color anymore because Dodie wasn’t there for me. I didn’t want to color anymore. And I felt all alone. I couldn’t talk to my brother Eugene because it wasn’t fun anymore without Dodie. And anyway, Eugene couldn’t talk to me. I did talk to Eugene, sometimes, but it just wasn’t the same. Nothing was the same because Dodie was gone. When I was five years old, the most wonderful thing happened! I was at my grandma’s house. It was cold, and I was in her big feather bed all snuggled up under the covers with my cousin Frances. I was glad that she was with me! My Aunt Rene came in and said, ”Dianne, you have a new little baby sister! She’s beautiful, “ she said, “and her name is Sandra Joyce!“ I was so happy! My cousin and I laughed and giggled under the covers. We talked and talked, and I told her that I hoped my new little sister would be able to talk to me when she got old enough. I was so happy when that day came. Now I could have her to talk to, and she could talk to me! But, we never talked about Dodie because he was gone, gone forever--- Epilog All my life I have heard stories about Dodie and me! When I was growing up, I listened as my mama and daddy and family members told stories about my friend Dodie and me. It was always funny to them that I talked about Dodie. As I got older, I listened, and people just thought it was, “So cute!“ Dodie was referred to as, “My imaginary friend.“ So it just became “One of those childhood stories!“ Before my mama died, she spent several years in very poor health. During that time while she was confined to her bed, I would go over to her bedside and take her hand and say, “Mama, tell me about Dodie and Me, “ and this sweet smile of hers would come on her precious face as she began to tell me another story. Since I have become an adult, I have seen programs on T.V., and read stories about children having imaginary playmates. I remember a sense of relief when I first heard about it. I realized that I wasn’t the only one. Other children had imaginary playmates too. Recently I have thought of Dodie as never before, and I know that he was sent to me when I was a disturbed little girl to help me deal with very difficult times. After all, I had a brother who was injured at birth and was called “retarded “ because his brain had been injured when he was born and he couldn’t talk. But he had his own way of communicating with me. As I look back on my childhood, I know that Dodie was very real then. But the time had come for him to move on, as it was for me. It was time for me to get ready to start to school and I was a big girl by then. And, besides that, I had a little sister who could talk to me and I had her to talk to. I know now that Dodie was sent to me as my guardian angel. Tweet
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