Thank You For Making Her Part Of Your Life

Oscar was in the play ground playing a Mexican game of “Hit The Stick”. Rosie was sitting on her wheel chair under the covered patio watching as Oscar played the game by himself. All the other children were further away from them playing a game of baseball. They were the only two students that were not invited to play along side the other students at school.The ten year old boy had been born with both of his ears cuffed and his mother would place some tape on both of them to keep them open. The doctor had told Oscar’s mother that he needed to have the ears cut off in order for him to be able to hear properly. She had declined to let it happen and instead continued putting some tape to pin the ears back. She would follow that by placing a winter knitted cap on top of his head to hold the tape in place.Rosie had been born with a terrible disease that was eating away her bone structure from the inside. She had never walked before and the wheel chair was her only means to move about. The eleven year girl was often in constant pain, but when she went to school she would hide it. She didn’t want anybody to know how hard it was to endure the suffering. She enjoyed school and it helped her ease the trauma she was going through.While Oscar hit the stick up in the air he would swing a longer one in his hands like a bat and then count how many paces it would take him to reach the home base. The object was to have the least amount of hits while touching the base in the end. It was a simple game that involved counting and keeping track of the number of hits. On the last hit Oscar looked back and saw Rosie crying.“Why are you crying? Does it hurt you so much to sit on that wheel chair all day?” he asked.“Oh, no. I was just thinking of something sad and I cried, that’s all,” she answered back. However, she was in a lot of pain and didn’t want Oscar to feel sorry for her.“Why don’t you play with me. I’ll show you how and you can help me count. I keep loosing track of how many hits I have,” Oscar responded.Rosie wiped her tears and said," I would dearly like to. I have never played with anyone before, but with this wheel chair it would be impossible to play with you."Oscar pushed her to the playing area and found a long stick for her to use as a bat. He then showed her how to play the game. He pulled her off the chair and stood behind holding her carefully while she swung and missed the smaller stick that was used as a ball. Both of them laughed and soon the tears from her face were gone.It didn’t matter to him that she missed because they were having so much fun playing together. It was the first time they had ever played with anyone at school. Soon it was time to go back to class and Oscar pushed her to her room. “Same time tomorrow, okay Rosie!” he told her. She smiled back and knotted in acknowledgement.For a whole week they played the Mexican game of hit the stick. On a Friday after Oscar pushed her back to class she said,“Oscar, this has been the most exciting time of my life. I will remember you forever, and thanks for being my friend.”Oscar waved good-bye knowing that he wouldn’t see her back until Monday and didn’t think much of her words until Monday came. That day he waited for her to show up to play the same game, but she never showed up.Before he went home on Monday a lady came over looking for him. The principal was escorting her and the ladies face looked just like Rosie’s. She had tears in her eyes as she spoke to Oscar. “You must be that fine friend Rosie talked about so much. I had never heard my Rosie talk so much until she met you. For many years she was under so much pain that she never had time to smile or laugh. Oh, you brought her so much happiness that I could never give her. She died Saturday morning with a big smile on her face. She made us promise to bury her with that long stick you made for her to play the game. She said she would need it in heaven. Thank you so much for making her part of your life.”Copyright© Oscarelizondo November 2, 2008 8:34 AM

Thank You For Making Her Part Of Your Life


Harlingen, United States

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Friends are so important especially when growing up. This short story reminds us that life is too short to ignore handicaps. No matter how hard you have it, there is someone who is enduring greater hardships that yourself.

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