It was 1989. A boy named William lived with his mother Janice and his grandfather Robert. His mother went to school during the day and worked full time at night. William ever saw his mother that much, leaving him alone with his grandfather. But William didn’t look at his grandfather as a “grandfather”. You see, William was adopted. His mother was 15 when she had him and he never knew his father. To William, his grandfather was a father.
When William finally turned 5, he was old enough to start school. His mother eventually quit school and changed her hours at work. Since she had to commute to work, Williams babysitter was on the way. She lived on a farm, raising horses and cows. There were plenty of other children around and William made friends with everyone after getting to know them. William attend a nearby school where the bus picked him up to and from school.
William was a shy kid and often sat by himself. He didn’t mind though. He liked to sit there and look out the window. He had always been one to observe everything. One October morning, William was looking out the bus window when he saw something. It was a woman. She was standing in the median on the highway. Usual, but not for William.
When Janice picked William up from the sitter she asked him how his day went. He told her about the woman on the Highway. She kind of smirked. “Was what this woman doing?” she asked. William replied,”She was looking at me. She had two suitcases with her and she was really bright.” “Well what did she look like sweetie?” she asked. “She had brown hair, kind of curly. She had on a blue dress with a white collar and white flowers. She kind of reminded me of you, mommy.” he said. Janice just smile at William not knowing what to say to William. She didn’t know what to make of it either.
A couple of weeks past and everything seemed fine. Janice took the day off to do some errands. She started with the house, cleaning and rearranging things. She had found some old pictures in the attic that were from her childhood. She decided to hang some of them up. She had picked William up from school and brought home, he had noticed the pictures. “Thats her mommy” he said. ” Who’s her?” Janice asked with a confused look. “The woman I saw, thats her in the picture.” Janice froze. She felt a chill on her neck that crept down to her spine.
“Sweetie, that couldn’t be the woman you saw. Thats your grandmother. She died a year before you were born.” “No mom. It was her! I swear I saw her!” he yelled. He couldn’t understand why his mother wouldn’t believe her.”It was probably just your imagination. Now go get cleaned up, its almost time for dinner.”
After dinner Janice got William ready for bed. She read him his favorite book, kissed him goodnight, and told him she would see him in the morning. She went back down stairs and took a look at the picture of her mother. She started to cry. Janice hadn’t thought about her mother in years. She realized how much she had missed.
Janice later went to bed, unable to sleep. She couldn’t stop thinking about her mother. Suddenly she st straight up, turned on the light beside her bed. “Blue dress, white collar, white flowers” thought to herself. Again she feels the chill on her neck, and down her spine. She realizes that her mother was buried in her favorite dress, a blue dress with a white collar and white flowers. “No, it cant be. It was just his imagination. Kids always ave good imaginations. Right?” Janice is stunned and doesn’t know what to make of this. She decided that it would be best to leave things alone and she what happens. She kept this from her father.
A couple years pass. William occasionally tells his mother about the woman. There were times that Janice could swear she heard William talking to someone while he was taking a bath. She wanted to believe it was all his imagination. Deep down she knew that there was more to this then meets the eye.
One cold winter’s day, William asked his mother what was wrong with his grandfather. “Nothing is wrong with your grandfather sweetie, hes healthy as a horse.” William knew this was a lie. He then went one to tell he that the woman said he was sick, very sick and that he was going to die around her birthday. “Now William that is uncalled for! There is no woman! Grandpa is not sick!” She is astonished that William would make such accusations. She though he might had picked up this language at school.
Months had gone by. But these months were not the brightest of times. Janice’s father had been in and out of the hospital. He had multiple surgeries on his gallbladder, and had repeated tumors.Unsure whether or not these tumors were cancerous, the doctor was sure he did not have long to live. Sadden by the news, Janice is frightened to tell the news to William. “He is to young. He doesn’t understand life and death. How am I going to break this to a 7 year?” sobbed uncontrollably in her room.
There was a knock on the door. It was William. “Don’t be sad mommy. The woman told me everything is going to be fine. She says they will finally be together again” Janice looks at William. She grabs him and pulls him close. She tells him everything will be okay. At this point. Janice accepts that William is possibly telling the truth. She believes he may has a gift.
It was a very dark and rainy day.William woke up early because he heard a group of people making a bunch of racket. Once he got to the bottom of the stairs, he
seen the paramedics taking his grandfather away. Still groggy from his sleep, he thinks nothing of it. It has happened before and his grandfather came back. Janice takes him back upstairs to get ready for school.
William came home from school to find his uncle and his aunt there in the living room with his mother. He was happy to see them. He showed off the art craft he made in school. But his smile faded. He could tell something was not right. ” Why is everyone so sad mommy” he said. Janice took William into the other, and sat him on her lap on the bed. “Sweetie, I don’t know how to tell you this, but Grandpa died today.” A loud scream and a burst of tears bust out. William had no clue about death but he knew it was bad.
Shortly after the funeral, William never mentions the old woman. Janice believed that her mother was trying to let them know about her father. Several more months pass and everything is normal.
One day, Janice was sitting in the living room watching TV. The cat was sound asleep by her feet at the end of the recliner. William was playing in the other room. All of the sudden the cat looks up and hisses historically. She then stands up with her fur sticking straight up, hissing more and swiping at absolutely nothing. Janice reaches for the cat who then claws her arms. The cat ran into the other room where William was playing. Janice’s arm were dripping in blood for the deep starches. Suddenly, a loud crash is heard from the living room. Janice and William run to see what it was. They are stunned. The entire living room ceiling had collapsed. William looked at his mother. He told her it was grandpa that saved her.
“Grandpa said that he and Grandma are always looking over and protecting us. They also said they love us.”