It was a week before school was to start, and Lucinda was ready to begin a new year. She had gained confidence in herself over the summer. Ambur had showed her she was important and should not waste time worrying about bullies that have nothing better to do than bother other kids. Both she and Frances had faced challenges and learned from their adventures these past few weeks.
Lucinda had woke up early again this morning. Earlier than early for her as her mom had not even gone out to run yet. It was a cool morning as fall was in the air. She got dressed and put on a hooded sweatshirt before going downstairs. Her mom was getting ready to go run and said, “Good morning, Lucinda! You’re up real early today. Do you want breakfast?” It had been several days since she had seen Ambur so she thought she would take a walk and go visit.
“No, mom. Not right now.” She slipped on her hiking boots, laced them up and off she went.
Lucinda loved the smell of leaves in the fall. It was even a bit chillier than she thought as a slight breeze tossed the leaves about. The trees were all turning red and yellow and it was a beautiful day. The sun was just coming up and the light shining through the trees made them look almost like a painting. She smiled as she walked. As many times as she had made this hike to Ambur’s house, it never became shorter. It was still quite a long walk. But Lucinda loved it.
As she got a little closer to the huge oak tree, for some reason this morning things just didn’t seem the same. It seemed quiet. Almost too quiet. As she kept walking she didn’t hear the birds singing like they always did. The only thing she heard was the crunch of sticks and leaves beneath her feet and the wind through t...
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...t live your life and remember the fun and good times we had. Oh, and one last poem for you only.
Love always and forever,
PS … We have not harmed your father’s land in any way. It remains the same as it was before we ever took out our first shovel full of dirt. Also when you get home take a look in the garage out back.
At The End Of The Day
Luce, when you look inside your heart,
Is it light or is it dark?
What can you see?
Please always try to be the one,
Whose smile is brighter than the sun.
This is my plea.
For if you’re proud of who you are,
I know in your life you’ll go far.
It is to be.
Go now to live and work and play,
And know that at the end of day ...
Lucinda gently folded the letter and put it back in the envelope. She went over to where the envelope had been stuck to the tree, picked up the hunting knife and slid it into her belt.
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