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Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part VII


 
As Jill and Seth prepared to celebrate their first Christmas in the old farmhouse the tragic lives of Catherine and her son weighed heavily on Jill's heart.  Uncle Jake had told them that while Joseph was alive his grandparents had been able to cope with the loss of Catherine by caring for him and watching him grow, but when Joseph got sick and died his grandmother lost all desire to live, seldom speaking to anyone and moving silently about the house like one already dead.  Joseph's grandfather bitterly decreed that Catherine's sin had left its mark on them all, and that she and her son were never to be spoken of again.  
 
Jill and Seth decided that they wanted the farmhouse to become a place of reconciliation, a place where past sorrows could be released and everyone remembered with love.  To that end they had silver star-shaped ornaments made for their Christmas tree, each one engraved with the name of a family member who had lived in the house, including Catherine and Joseph.  As they hung the shiny new stars on the tree that Christmas Eve, Jill and Seth whispered a prayer for each of them, and all on it's own the music box which once belonged to Catherine's mother began softly playing Silent Night.
 
(To be continued) 
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16 comments:

  1. Oh WOW, Josie--you have an intriguing saga going here...I'll have to catch up on earlier segments! Lovely work!!

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    1. Thank you, Stella! I'm really enjoying the process of continuing this tale each week. The old farmhouse is becoming familiar to me.

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    1. So far, I'm enjoying this weekly visit to the farmhouse, Paul. I can see more stories lingering within it's walls.

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  3. Well done! May it continue with hope into the future!

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    1. I suspect that Jill and Seth will continue to try to right things as the stories of the farmhouse unfold, Mimi. Love can do powerful things, as you and I both know!

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  4. excellent mood/tone (although I have to admit I really don't like that grandfather. Sometimes the seemingly innocuous quality of stubbornness seizes on parts of life and produce truly monstrous results

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    1. Thank you, Clark! I have to agree about the grandfather, in his staunch position of righteous indignation he has completely overlooked the teachings on forgiveness. How often that is true. Rather than helping to make the best of hard situations, he has made them more difficult and more painful for everyone involved.

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  5. Lovely way of bringing this story into the Christmas season. Do keep writing.

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    1. Thank you, Pat! I don't want this story to become all about the dark shadows in the house, there is also light and love.

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  6. The sadness in this story which is so common in our lives is not being understanding when mistakes are made and and loving and helping those in trouble. It was much more common in the past but I'd hoped it was a lot less so now. Raeding a story like this the reader imagines the "what ifs" and of course the need for forgiveness rather that admonition. Great writing as always Josie.

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    1. THank you, Old Egg, I agree with you. I can't help but think how different this story could have gone if the father had extended compassion. Isn't that always the real message in life... be compassionate, leave the judging to God.

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  7. Josie,

    You have done a wonderful job on this story!

    <3

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    1. Thank you so much Brenda, I appreciate your affirmation! <3

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  8. Awwww what a sweet way to move towards reconciliation and restoring peace. Beautiful. I love how this is all unfolding.

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    1. Thank you Rory Bore! It will have it's darker moments, but I promise not to leave it there.

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