I first wrote this piece has part of the Daily Prompt and decided to expand on it. I hope you enjoy.
Alice had been gone for far too long. She longed to be back home with her family,smelling her mom’s cooking and listening to her Grandfather play the harmonica. Alice loved when her Grandfather would play the harmonica she would dance around and sing silly songs. Her Grandfather would always laugh and join in. Alice grew up in a good home with loving parents and everything she ever wanted. She went to the finest schools and was given every opportunity known to man. She even opted to go the community college so she could be close to her family. She loved her Grandfather the most. He always smelled of mint and usually had one to give her.
When she moved away she was hoping to start over and make things better, but she just wanted things to go back to the way they were. She had made new friends and had found a great job and even a boyfriend or two but yet she still wasn’t happy. All her friends could see in her eyes that she wasn’t happy and they told her to go home. “No” she would tell them. I just can’t you don’t understand. “Make us understand.” they would say. “You wouldn’t understand.” Alice would mumble back.
Alice had been really close to her Grandfather, who used to live with the family until he suddenly passed away. Alice was heart broken. She didn’t know how she was going to go on. She and her Grandfather had been very close. He used to tell the best stories and alays knew just how to cheer Alice up. He was the type of person who could walk into a room and Alice could feel herself smile.
When Alice was little he would always tell her that she should reach for stars and to always follow her dreams. As Alice grew up he was always there cheering her on and telling her how beautiful she was and telling her to never give up.Even when Alice wanted to stop the playing piano, her Grandfather would tell her that someday she will play for thousands and not to give up. Alice gave him a smile and said “For you Grandfather I will not stop” and he smiled.
When Alice heard the news that her Grandfather had died. She didn’t know if she would be able to go on. She cried for days and her mother tried to comfort her and say “Remember the good times and hold them near.” But that didn’t help. Alice needed a change. She couldn’t watch her mother be happy on the outside and sad on the inside. And her dad just the same. Her parents seemed to just move on like nothing happened. Alice knew she had to do something.
“I’m moving away.” Alice announced one day. “I need a change.” Her parents were shocked. They didn’t say anything but “If you think its best, we wish you all the luck.” Alice packed up her things and moved to the city. She found a place to live and started to look for a new job. She was surprised to find one quickly. Working in an office answering the phones. She quickly made friends with the other ladies in the office and she was feeling pretty good about herself. Until after a year of being in the city, she was starting to feel home sick.
Alice had decided to go for a walk in the park to clear her mind. She didn’t know what to think anymore. It was a cold, sunny day outside. The leaves were just starting to change color and she could see her breath float from her mouth. The path in the park was covered in leaves of orange, red and yellow, she loved this time year. Over in the distance Alice noticed a older man sitting on the bench. She walked over and sat down beside him.
“Hello I’m Alice.”
“Hello Alice I’m Fred.”
“It’s nice to meet you Fred. What brings you to the park on this cold fall day?”
“I needed to clear my mind.” Fred said quietly.
“Me too.” Alice found herself saying.
“So what’s on your mind?” Fred found himself asking.
“I’m homesick and I miss my Grandfather.”
“Why don’t you go home and visit your Grandfather?”
Alice started to cry.. “I can’t he died a little over a year ago.”
“Oh I’m sorry to hear about your loss.” Fred reached over and grabbed Alice’s hand. “Tell me about him.”
Alice sat there and poured her heart out to Fred. She told him how her Grandfather would take her fishing and even offered to take her to a school dance once. She told Fred about the time she came home from school crying because her boyfriend had broken up with her and her Grandfather held her tight and said I love you and you never forget that. When she was done pouring her heart out Fred just looked at her and said Time heals all wounds. Alice wasn’st sure what he had meant but she thanked him and said goodbye to Fred.
Alice walked back to her apartment and turned on the radio and her favorite song was playing. She started to sing and dance along, which reminded her of her Grandfather. Tears started to roll down her face and Alice started to think about what Fred had said and realized that her moving away was not solving any problems and she needed to do something about it. She picked up the phone and called her mom. “Hello, mom.”
“Alice! It is so nice to hear your voice.” “How are you doing?”
“I’m good, mom I want to come home.”
“You know your father and I would love for you to come home.” When?”
Alice feel silent and tears started to flow down her face. She managed to chok out “Tomorrow.”
“You OK Alice?”
“I miss Grandfather.”
“We all miss Grandfather.”
“I know but I need to come home and feel his precence around me.”
“You know you can always come home, we love you and don’t you forget.” Her mom who started to cry said between tears.
“I love you too, mom.” Alice sobbed.
Alice hung up the phone and wondered if that was the right thing to do.