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)
    2 years ago

    So incredibly moving!

    Eric Radcliffe
    Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
    2 years 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)
    Reply to  Karynn Heckler
    2 years ago

    By the way, a “Big Welcome” to the Voice club.

    Brandon Heckler
    Brandon Heckler(@brandon-heckler)
    2 years ago

    So wonderfully written. Love your style!

    Robert Hess
    Robert Hess(@robert-hess)
    2 years ago

    Wow, this is good!! Great job!!

    Andrew Carter
    Andrew Carter(@andrew-carter)
    2 years ago

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

    Lashanda Besaw
    Lashanda Besaw(@lashanda-besaw)
    2 years ago

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

    Katerina Bizirtsaki
    Katerina Bizirtsaki(@katerina-bizirtsaki)
    2 years ago

    Such a moving story! Amazingly done, Karynn.

    Katerina Bizirtsaki
    Katerina Bizirtsaki(@katerina-bizirtsaki)
    Reply to  Katerina Bizirtsaki
    2 years ago

    And welcome to Voice Club. We hope to see more of your stories!

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    2 years 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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