Continued story … the final chapter of a six part series about Rose Cottage, Isabella Furnace and Lagoma (St. Mary’s of Providence)
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The sisters loved them so very much and they were happy children. They were the flowers in God’s garden. The sound of their laughter and music and dancing filled the old halls until ever the very rooms shook. This is what this house was meant for, the walls called silently to each other. This is what Mabel always wanted. The sound of children’s voices echoing throughout the mansion. The good sisters cared for the special girls for nearly 20 years.
And then, as suddenly as they came, they were gone. But the sisters stayed. Their mission to help the young girls was ended.
In 1984, the sisters turned the old mansion and the grounds into a conference center; a retirement center and retreat house, where people of all walks of life come and think and heal, and sometimes, even mend a broken heart.
If you dare to visit Langoma on a very quiet night, most certainly when the moon is full, and you stand very, very still, not making a sound, you may see two figures holding hands. One is a young woman in a long, white summer frock; the other a child, her clothes in tatters. They walk silently up the hill from the creek to Langoma.
Shhh! Not a sound! Here they come! They see you! Stop! “Who are you?” you ask the child. You hold your breath because you already know, don’t you?“Rose,” she whispers, “my name is Rose.”
THE END …..