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The White Feathers
By Shea M Clarke
Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Emileigh receives a good-bye from her husband after his death....

Emileigh slowly climbed the stairs, She dreaded this job.   Packing was never
fun, but under the circumstances it was even harder. It had been five months
since that horrible day that her life was forever changed.   It still didn't
seem real to her. It started off as a regular day. The alarm went off at 6:00 am and the
morning began the usual rush of activity that they called life.  Todd jumped
into the shower while she woke and dressed the kids and then she showered
while he fed Kody and Kelsea their breakfast.  That morning though things
didn't run as smoothly as usual, she was running late and small snippy, petty
little comments were exchanged and she put the kids into their carseats and
left without kissing Todd good-bye.
As she drove towards daycare, still feeling uptight, stressed and a bit
miffed at Todd, she thought about how angry he could make her at times.  She
pulled up to the red light and noticed two birds circling around the trees over her car. As she watched them, she realized they were doves. How weird
she thought, you don't normally see doves flying about. in fact the only
other time she had ever remembered seeing a real dove was when they had
released two at their wedding four years before. She smiled as she thought
about it. How they didn't want to fly away when their cage was opened and how
when they did take off somehow Todd ended up with two beautiful, perfect
feathers in his hair.
She drove on to daycare and then to work. feeling a bit lighter and more
content. She thought, "I'll get settled at my desk and then I'll call Todd and apologize for being curt with him and tell him how much I love him and about the doves I saw this morning".   Things were busy when she got to her desk, she had messages she needed to
return ASAP and an impromptu meeting called by her supervisor. By the time
she was able to take a minute to call Todd, his coworker told her that he had
called from his cell saying he was going to just go across town for his
meeting instead of going to his office first. She was disappointed but
thought to herself, "I'll make a good dinner and make it up to him tonight".
She got to work on a report she had a deadline on. She didn't notice the
officers enter the office an hour or so later. She realized they were there
when she saw, Bob, her supervisor go and speak to them. "How weird she
thought".  She watched the three of them walk toward her desk and Bob came
over to her and took her arm and softly whispered, "Em, why don't you come
into my office for a second".  She felt bile build up in her throat, why she
didn't know, but she saw the room spin and felt as if she needed to scream.
She numbly let Bob and the officers lead her into the office and Bob sat her
down in his chair, She stared blankly as the officer spoke, .....there was an
accident, a semi hit the car, the car then flipped, Todd was pinned, they did
everything they could, they were sorry, Todd was gone.......
She didn't remember Bob putting her into his car, the next thing she
remembered was sitting in his car at the red light down the block from her
house. There, once again were the two white doves. They were franticly flying
around and right before Bob pulled away from the light, a white feather
fluttered onto the windshield.  She scream, a loud, soul wrenching scream
from the deepest depts of her being, "TODD!!!!!" She then blacked out and
awoke later in her home with her parents, Todd's Mom and her children there. 
  Her life was forever changed, Todd was gone, and she never got to apologize, say good-bye or tell him how much she loved him.That was five long months ago. She had sold the house, their house. the memories there were too much to bear not to mention the financial struggle.
She and her babies were moving to the cottage house behind her parents, she needed her Mom and dad right now.  She knew it would be what Todd would have wanted her to do.
As she sifted through boxes, sorting what to keep, what to donate, what to
throw  away, she came upon a box that was labeled in Todd's handwriting. It
said, "Our new beginning".  Funny, she had never noticed this box. Inside
were cards from some of his family and friends that they received at their
wedding, his cumber-bun and a zip-lock-bag with his boutonniere in it. There
was also a little white box that he had written "To be opened on our "10th
Anniversary". She opened the box and there was a note Todd had written, "A
dove mates forever, Just as we shall be, These are from our wedding, A symbol
of a Love that will Last an Eternity". Under the note were the two feathers
she had taken from Todd's hair during the ceremony.
Emileigh felt the air rush out of her chest, and she sank down one the floor
against the wall, she smiled as tears rolled down her face. She clutched the
Note to her chest and suddenly a wave of peace came over her. This was a
message from Todd, that things were going to be OK. Then she realized that
when she had seen the doves that morning it was around the time that Todd had
been in the accident. She brushed the feathers against her cheek, the second
sighting with Bob in the car, the feather falling, was Todd saying he loved
her and Good-bye.

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