Eight months pregnant, Irene moved slowly through the old house in the stifling heat of summer and carefully made her way up the worn wooden stairs toward the sloped-ceiling bedroom that had belonged to her mother Nona as a child. She wasn't sure what it was that had drawn her back to the old farm house today, but she had talked her husband Nolan into making the two hour drive from the city knowing that plans were in the works to demolish the house in order to make way for a new home being built by her aunt and uncle.
Irene's own mother was no longer living, and for Irene this house was a connection to family. She remembered so many wonderful times spent here as a child when she and her mother would come to visit her grandparents for a week or two. Back then the house was filled with love and laughter, and the smell of wonderful meals being prepared. Now the rooms stood empty and forlorn with paint and wallpaper peeling. Most of the household contents had been divided up among family members and hauled away.
When Irene reached the upstairs bedroom she knew why she had been led there. Standing in the corner was the old bed frame that had once supported the soft feather bed where her mother slept as a child, and where she too had spent her nights when they came to visit. The simple metal frame was in surprisingly good shape, and Irene was certain that with a little work and a soft new mattress, it would make a wonderful bed for the little girl growing inside her that would soon be making her appearance. She and Nolan had planned to name her Nona since they first found out their baby was a girl, and it seemed only right that Nona's bed should go home with them to grace the room of her new namesake.
Irene could almost feel her mother's presence there in the room with them. She closed her eyes for just a moment, remembering how kind and beautiful she had been, and praying that her own little Nona would grow up to be that way too.
This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
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