The love of his life slept calmly on the passenger seat as he drove along the tree-covered street. The trees were making the sunlight flicker as he drove through their shadows. Elliot felt that it was a wonderful day. Reaching over to grab Amelia’s hand, Elliot began thinking of the time they met. It was so long ago. They were both so young.
To him, she is still just as beautiful, even as she slept with her mouth open and drools just a little bit. It was their little secret. Her hand felt just as warm and comforting as it had done fifty years before, when they first held hands on their first date. She clasped his hand a little bit, though it was mostly just a reflex. It reminded Elliot of the time when she was delivering their first child, Alexandra. Amelia grabbed on to his hand and squeezed with incredible strength as their daughter was being born. He would love Amelia forever for that little girl.
A few minutes later, as he was driving into their daughter’s driveway, Elliot noticed that Amelia was not gripping his hand like they always did. He looked over at her, and she looked to be very sound asleep, very peaceful. “Sweetheart,” he said in a soft tone to wake her up without startling her. She didn’t respond. “Amelia?” he asked a little bit more sternly. His heart started to accelerate. He shook her hand. As it had done so many times before, his brain began to race. It projected all the possible outcomes of the situation. Yet it was his heart that wanted him not to think. One of those thoughts was the thought of the worst, and Elliot didn’t want the worst. He wanted to be with her forever. He stopped the car.
Amelia opened her eyes to the most beautiful sight she had ever seen.
René F. Najera, DrPH
I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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