The old man wheeled his wheelchair out onto the front porch. His face was decorated by wrinkles, which hinted at a lifetime of emotions. This man was one who had lived a plethora of ups and downs; he’s crawled out from many valleys and reached the pikes of many mountains. He’s fallen in love and he’s known the pain of watching that love pass away.

He stared out at the rising sun. Its shining beams had just begun to peek out from the horizon. He closed his eyes, taking a deep breath. He held it for a few brief seconds before exhaling slowly. 

His eyes moistened with tears that never fell. He savored the feeling that was living to see the next day. It was a beauty no mere words could ever describe. He chuckled a little sadly, “You always did love sunrises, Martha,” He glanced up at the light orange sky; he knew his beloved wife was up there.

 “You are saving me a spot right?” He asked, then laughed again. “Who am I kidding? You are just waitin’ for me. I’ll make sure to track some mud in when I come, then you can yell at me to mop it up, just like old times…’cept we will have an eternity to do it all my love.”

This elderly man was truly ready for whatever came next in his life. If there was another chapter so be it, but if the epilogue came then he would spend it dancing with his wife up in the stars. He had promised her he would before she passed. 

Without saying a word a 2-year-old girl walked out onto the front porch. She toddled up to her grandpapa and held her arms up expectantly. The grandfather smiled and picked up the child. He held her in his lap protectively, knowing that this little wisp of a child was the world’s future. He had lived his life to the fullest, now it was time for him to let the new generation take charge of this beautiful earth.

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Dana Heckler
Dana Heckler (@dana-heckler)
7 months ago

So incredibly moving!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Hiya Karynn, what a lovely story of two generations, yet still very much part of the same life, both finding joy in each other, an endless cycle of growth. Lovely written. I enjoyed your story Karynn, and I look forward to reading more from you.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago
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By the way, a “Big Welcome” to the Voice club.

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Brandon Heckler
Brandon Heckler (@brandon-heckler)
7 months ago

So wonderfully written. Love your style!

Robert Hess
Robert Hess (@robert-hess)
7 months ago

Wow, this is good!! Great job!!

Andrew Carter
Andrew Carter (@andrew-carter)
7 months ago

Beautiful story, Karynn. And wonderfully written for the next generations.

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Lashanda Besaw
Lashanda Besaw (@lashanda-besaw)
7 months ago

Wonderful visual descriptions! The symbolism was beautifully written. Great job! I truly hope you continue writing!

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
7 months ago

Such a moving story! Amazingly done, Karynn.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
7 months ago
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And welcome to Voice Club. We hope to see more of your stories!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

Wow. It was a very moving story. How lovely to see our children as the future of the next generation. It is true. Hoping to read more stories from you.

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