Grace shows up: a drama
Cast of characters:
Me, enjoying a midweek run on a sunny evening
Ashley, a senior in high school, on her way to youth group at her church
Junior, a white terrier dog, sitting on his front porch, watching for anyone passing his house
The three of us converge in front of Junior’s house at the exact same time.
Me, slowly jogging, thinking about my tired legs
Ashley, driving to church, thinking about – ? – her boyfriend, her math class, what to wear to school tomorrow?
Junior, sprinting toward the road, thinking only about getting that person running in front of his house
In a flash – white car, white dog, a thud, a yelp, Junior in a heap by the side of the road
Why wasn’t I looking, why didn’t I stop him, what to do, what to do??
Me, banging on the door of the house, “Your dog has been hit!” no one home
Ashley, on the grass next to Junior, in tears
Junior, head at a strange angle, eyes glazed, breath barely
Me, running home for my car
Ashley crying, calling her mom
Junior, not moving
A new character, Anthony, Junior’s owner, found at his parents’ house
Anthony is in a wheelchair
Me, “I’m so sorry, but there has been an accident with your dog.”
Anthony, body slumping in chair, “Ever since he took up with that girl dog, seems like it gets on his nerves for anyone to go by the house.”
Another character, God’s Grace, enters
Back at Anthony’s house
Me, feeling guilty, especially because Anthony is in a wheelchair
Ashley, apologizing with tears
Junior, chasing runners in heaven
Anthony, standing up to hug Mary, offering to pay to have her bumper fixed, saying accidents happen, dignified and resigned
Grace, quietly filling the yard in the sadness
4 thoughts on “Grace shows up: a drama”
Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it as usual.
Thank-you Cathy! This was a litt
Beautiful. Have these published.Jeanette
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