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In the Before Time

by Mary Greten

In Other Context: In the Before Time
by Mary Greten
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SUMMARY: Grandmother Mulder tells a "story" to her grandchildren.

The children liked to visit their Grandmother Mulder. Granted she
was frail and not always well enough for them to stay for very long,
but that did not deter her from telling her grandchildren fairy tales
and Mother Goose rhymes and stories of her girlhood.
One day, when the grandchildren begged her to tell them a story,
the grandmother remained silent as if she were looking at an
internal clock. Were they ready? Should she relate to them, now,
the events that took place.....
".....In the Before Time, there was a young woman, who because
of her beauty and mental acuity, was sought after by two stalwart
young soldiers who happened to be best friends.
"Not wishing to become the source of discord between her two
young suitors, the young lady requested a promise from both of
them that her betrothed and she would consider the other friend as
"brother" to them and part of their family. Both men agreed and so
she chose one of them to be her husband.
"In timely fashion, the young woman brought forth her first born.
Their friend and "brother" became godfather to him. The men,
comrade-at-arms, were assigned or volunteered for assignments
together. Soon however, the young woman's husband
distinguished himself to his superiors and was given solitary
assignments that took far and long from home.
"Always, when not on assignment himself, the young woman's
friend and "brother" visited his adopted family. One day, the young
woman's husband was called on another mission. He confided to
his friend that this mission was dangerous to the extreme and
extracted a solemn oath that his friend would care
for his family should the not unexpected occur.
"The young mother's husband's best man, stood well in her
husband's stead playing with his godchild, and pacing the hospital
floor when the woman, with great difficulty, delivered his friend's
daughter, his "niece".
"Then came a day, the young mother, by now quite acquainted with
her friend's visage, did not need him to say the words. She knew
her husband would not be returning home from this mission.
"A year passed, her husband declared dead, the young mother
allowed herself to be wooed by her husband's best man and
"uncle" to her children. She did love him. He, in the largess of his
heart not only loved her, but adopted her children and loved them
as his own. The discovery of his wife's barrenness was devastating;
but the two youngsters now bearing his name and love took
the pain away with their increasing devotion to him as their father.
"....His daughter was four years old when he returned to a home
not his and found himself "uncle" to his own children.....".
After the grandmother did not continue for some time, the
grandchildren noticed the stillness of her eyes, and tiptoed
out of the room. When they were informed that their
grandmother had "gone to a better place" the grandchildren
wondered if she had went to the world...
In The Before Time.


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