As I grabbed the notebook I cried hard. Words poured out:
I am suppose to believe in you. You took my Dad and I’m very mad at you. I don’t understand and why won’t Nathan cry? What is wrong with him? How could you do this to my mother? Is it possible for you to provide me answers soon?
As I was writing this my mom yelled up.
“Allie is at the door.”
I threw down the pen and wiped my tears. I went downstairs to let Allie in. She said my mom called her mom to tell her the news. I could tell she didn’t know what to say.
“Are you going to school tomorrow?”
“No I’m not going but will go sometime this week. My mom said there was lots to do. I don’t know what she wants me to do.”
“Did she tell you next weekend you and Nathan are staying with us?”
“No she didn’t.”
“It will be fun.”
“Allie Do you believe in God?”
“Yeah I do.”
“Why would God take my Dad?”
Allie just stared at me for a moment.
“I don’t know. I can’t really answer that. Is your notebook full yet? You said you would write something every day.”
“It’s almost full. I wrote something today.”
“What did you write today?”
“Today I wrote a letter to God. I’m hoping he will get it soon and write back.”
“I don’t think that’s how that works.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well at church we are told to believe in him. I don’t think he gets mail in heaven. He doesn’t wait for mail. My mom always says things happen for a reason.”
“So are you saying God took my Dad for a reason?”
“I don’t think it’s that easy to explain Ben. He didn’t take him to cut grass in heaven.”
I didn’t understand what Allie was trying to say.
A few months had passed and everything appeared to be normal until a early Sunday morning. I woke up to the sound of my mother crying. I laid there in bed and it sounded like she was on the phone. It was barely seven in the morning and Nathan was passed out cold. I never heard her cry like that. It made me nervous. It was then that I saw the knob turn on my door and saw my mother wiping her tears away. I closed my eyes immediately and she sat on the bed. She placed her hand on my face and softly said my name. I opened them up and my mom was frozen.
“Ben I have some bad news.”
She stopped right there. She struggled to continue crying. It struck a nerve in my ten year old body. I could see she was in so much pain emotionally. I could see it at the age of ten. I begin to cry and felt my world was about to change in a drastic way.
“Ben your father was in a car accident and he didn’t make it.
I sobbed just as much as my mother. Nathan was still sound asleep. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. How am I suppose to go on without my Dad? I was so mad. I was so angry inside. I sat up and hugged my mom for life. It was hard to believe that I would never see my father. My mom left the room to make us breakfast and I had to tell my brother. I woke him up and told him. He didn’t cry, he just looked at me.
“So Dad won’t ever come home?”
“He was going to fix my bike. Ben who is going to fix it?”
I didn’t have an answer for him and was confused that he didn’t show any emotion. Our Dad isn’t here and all he could do is think about his bike. I didn’t get it. How can he not show any emotion?
It was a gloomy Sunday. My mom called everyone she knew to tell them. She was in tears all day on the phone. I walked around my house imagining my Dad not being here in the house anymore. No more playing football. No more car rides. No more wrestling. Something came over me as I walked around my house. I ran to my room and grabbed that notebook.