Thursday, June 19, 2008

Last Meal

An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death's agony, he suddenly smelled
the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs.

He gathered enough strength to get out bed. Leaning against the wall, he
slowly made his way out of the bedroom.

With even greater effort, he forced his boney fingers to grab the handrail
and he went down the stairs, one stumbling step at a time.

With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the
kitchen. Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself
already in heaven.

There, on the kitchen table, spread out in rows upon wax paper, were
literally hundreds of his favorite chocalte chip cookies.

Was it heaven? Or, was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife
of 60 years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he lunged toward the table, landing on his
knees in a rumpled posture.

His parched lips were slightly parted. The wondrous taste of the cookie was
already in his mouth; seemingly bringing him back to life.

The aged and withered hand, driven by one last gritty effort, shakingly made
its way towards a cookie at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly
smacked with a spatula by his wife.

"Stay out of those," she said, "They're for the funeral!"

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