5510 Mackleberry Lane

Karen V. Walker

Atlanta, GA

July 12, 2015

karenvictoriapeace@gmail.com

 

 

5 pp

 

 

5510 Mackleberry Lane

 

It was 5:30am when Joan woke up to fixed breakfast for her husband children this

 

was the weekday routine in the Lee home, Mr. Lee went off to work as a Computer

 

Programmer and their two children waited for the school bus with the other

 

neighborhood children who attended to same elementary school.  Mrs. Lee

 

would do housework after everyone left and before she ran her errands for the

 

day. There were various volunteer jobs that she would do each week.

 

 

The people on Mackleberry Lane were middle class ranging in various professions

 

while the women often had coffee before attending to their personal errands this

 

particular morning was different. The families were extremely close as there were

 

only ten homes on the block and each one knew where each could normally be

 

found the routines did not change often this spring day in early May.

 

 

Joan Lee was absent during this morning coffee session she did not mention

 

her schedule to the other women or to her husband. This was so random for

 

Joan that the other women would spend the next hour trying to figure what

 

happened to Joan. The ladies would disperse from their morning coffee and

 

chit chat with the hopes that someone might hear from Joan Lee.

 

 

As the ladies would now attend to family business, making dinner and

 

running errands throughout their small town, it would be their hopes

 

that someone heard and/or saw Joan Lee, but to no avail and now

 

the children would be returning from school soon and this would be

 

of even greater concern as the ladies knew how much Joan loved her

 

children and was overprotective of them just as the other mothers

 

the ladies would wait just a little while longer before making a judgment

 

call to contact Mr. Lee at work. The ladies began to think of anything

 

they could do to locate Joan and one of the ladies decided to start

 

praying as they knew this could end up real bad as they did not know

 

if their friend was in danger.

 

 

They began to watch the news to see if there was an accident somewhere,

 

they just wanted to know where she was. This was a small town with a population

 

of 3,000 , 1 homicide in 5 years, 10 robberies and all criminals caught and

 

put in jail. The ten families felt relatively safe on quite Mackleberry Lane as

 

the children all played and attended school together. The families would

 

often get together on weekends and enjoy themselves watching movies,

 

preparing potluck dinners and on occasion, the men would go to either

 

baseball or basketball game together with their boys.

 

 

It was now time for the children to get ready to load the school bus and

 

come home as school was exactly 7 minutes from home on Mackleberry

 

Lane and a decision must now be made to contact Mr. Lee since Joan had

 

yet to home or contact her friends. The phone kept ringing, Mr. Lee

 

did not answer, they left a message and waited for him to return their

 

call while in the meantime the children were getting off the school bus

 

and it was decided that they would stay at Daisy’s house until they heard

 

either back from Mr. Lee or Joan.

 

Daisy lived next door the Lee family and this way they would be able to

 

see any activity from the Lee home.   In the meanwhile the Lee children were

 

asking Daisy where their mother was at which Daisy had no answer and must

 

be creative with an answer quickly and Mr. Lee had not returned their call as of

 

yet.   Daisy told the children that their mother had to run an errand and that

 

she would return shortly.

 

 

An hour passed since they left a message for Mr. Lee to return their call when he

 

finally called and was deeply apologetic and stated that he was in a meeting.

 

Daisy mentioned to him that she had the children and they were fine, however, they

 

did not know where Joan could possibly be. Mr. Lee told Daisy that he would

 

see if he could get in touch with her and mentioned that Joan had not told him

 

that she had any appointments for the day outside of the ordinary, but he did

 

say again that he would try to get in touch with his wife and he would call back.

 

Mr. Lee was appreciative that Daisy and the other ladies were taken care of

 

their children.

 

 

Mr. Lee would now spend the next few hours trying to get in touch with his

 

wife and of course he would start by calling her cellphone and by surprise

 

she answered he mentioned to his wife that she had their friends worried

 

since she failed to answer their calls and when she did not pick the children

 

up from the bus stop they had become extremely concerned and decided to

 

contact him at work.

 

 

Mr. Lee observed the soft whisper in her voice and began to cautiously question

 

her as to here whereabouts, Joan began to sob and through her sobbing tried to

 

convey the recent events of the last couple of weeks that she kept hidden from

 

him that she had gone to the doctor recently since she was not feeling well and

 

although she would have coffee every day with the other women she kept her

 

secret to herself for fear of worrying their friends. The doctor performed many

 

test, she had extensive lab work done and the results came back that she had

 

an autoimmune disease, Multiple Sclerosis that over time could be debilitating.

 

 

Joan finally told her husband that she was at Hamburg Park across town where she

 

spent the day praying and weeping. Having small children, she did not know how

 

she would keep up the family day-to-day activities. Mr. Lee finally convinced Joan

 

to come home where they could talk and he assuredly told her that everything

 

would be alright with the help of friends and family.

 

 

Mr. Lee called their friends and let them know that Joan was okay and she was

 

given some devastating news from the doctor and she was having an extremely

 

difficult time processing her recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Daisy informed

 

Mr. Lee that she would let the other women know that she was safe and prepare

 

them for Joan’s diagnosis.

 

 

Joan finally returned home and after her warm welcome from Mr. Lee and the

 

children she would explain to them what Multiple Sclerosis is and that there

 

is no known cure. She would also advise them of the medication she would have

 

to take and although, there was no known cure the medicine would slow down

 

the progression of the disease.

 

 

As a family, they would meet with the other families at Daisy’s house where she

 

would apologize for having them worry about her and that again she was devastated

 

with the doctors findings that she had this autoimmune disease called Multiple

 

Sclerosis. The families assured her that they would help her in any way they

 

could and that she was not alone. Joan knew that her friends were sincere,

 

however, it was just the shock of this disease since she was relatively young

 

and she did not know of anyone in her family with this disease.

 

 

It was back to normal now routines would continue as usual the children at

 

school and Mr. Lee at work. The women having coffee, however, this morning

 

coffee round table would be different and the discussion would capture the

 

important of true friendship. Joan and her friends would make a pact that

 

they would forever remain friends and would support each other in good times

 

and in bad times.

 

Good Friendship

 

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THE GIFT

 

Brooke Lynn, a native New Yorker who had aspirations of

 

becoming a gifted writer since high school. She was constantly

 

writing in a notebook that she kept with her at all times. Brooke

 

Lynn could write virtually about anything that her eyes fell

 

upon. She was the most interesting among her peers as they

 

would always ask each other, ‘what is she always writing

 

about?’

 

 

Brooke Lynn attended Fordham University in the Bronx,

 

New York after she graduated high school and it was there

 

that she would study Arts and Culture. She was constantly

 

entering writing competitions as a means of paying for college.

 

She would also attend writing groups throughout the city as

 

a way of networking which would, later on, be extremely

 

valuable to boost her career as a writer. Brooke Lynn enjoyed

 

meeting other writers as she would learn the different genres

 

of writing especially since her focus was mainly fiction.

 

She was an only child and both her parents were

 

professionals who travelled often for their jobs.

 

It was Brooke Lynn’s lack of sibling interaction

 

that she felt solace writing and put her on a quest

 

to pursue writing as a career. Brooke Lynn would

 

often write about she felt being an only child and

 

she would get creative using images, nature and

 

various situations and circumstances. Brooke Lynn

 

was so brilliant and creative that she could write

 

a story using a color that could keep the reader

 

amazed and wanting to continue reading.

 

 

Brooke Lynn had little time for a social life. It

 

would be her writing groups and people from her

 

class that would invite her to go out after school

 

or after a writing forum for drinks and fun.  Her peers

 

were very energetic and fun to be around and this would

 

allow Brooke Lynn to take them up on their offer and

 

socialize after school and any writing forum they attended.

 

 

 

 

Life began to change for Brooke Lynn as she continued

 

socializing with her peers after school and writing forums.

 

Her writing network was beginning to increase as she

 

was building her writing portfolio and submitting essays

 

for monetary gain and travel to literary conferences. She

 

was enjoying her life as it was, she would soon be graduating

 

from college and the sky seemed to be the limit, however,

 

there was still a void and Brooke Lynn was soon to close

 

that void in her life

 

 

 

THE COLOSSAL GIFT

 

 

Brooke Lynn graduated in the spring with a BA

 

in English Literature from Fordham University.

 

Her parents and her friends were all in attendance

 

and after the ceremony, they went out for a celebratory

 

meal and there they laughed as they shared their

 

most memorable moments in school and outside of

 

school. However, there was one secret that Brooke

 

Lynn did not share with her friend group and as she

 

was about to give up her secret in comes and handsome

 

young man named Craig.

 

As Craig came over to the table where they were

 

seated he bent down and placed a kiss on Brooke

 

Lynn’s cheek and her friend group were all aghast.

 

Craig was tall, his complexion was flawless and his

 

skin tone was like a honeycomb and when he said

 

good afternoon to everyone his voice was a deep

 

baritone.  Brooke Lynn introduced him to everyone

 

and as to sat down next to her they all had questions

 

for both of them and Brooke Lynn mentioned that

 

she met him at an open microphone night at a café’ in

 

Lower Manhattan where she read a poem.

 

 

They went out after that event for cocktails and small

 

talk which eventually lead to them seeing more of each

 

other. Craig was an investment banker and worked on

 

Wall Street, he would go to Lower Manhattan after work

 

to relax and enjoy open microphone night and have a

 

drink and this one particular night he says was a lucky

 

night when he met Brooke Lynn. Craig says that he

 

liked Brooke Lynn’s creativity with works, but more

 

importantly she was very mature and intelligent.

 

 

Brooke Lynn and Craig would frequent various

 

plays and musicals in the theater district. They

 

both enjoyed the creative arts and on the weekends

 

if their schedules were free the would visit the

 

museums. Brooke Lynn felt comfortable with Craig

 

as they had the same passion for the arts and therefore,

 

it was their conversation topic and Brooke Lynn was

 

able to shield her vulnerability since she spent so much

 

time alone and only engrossed in her writing.

 

 

As time passed, Brooke Lynn would start travelling

 

to various parts of the country attending writing expos

 

and conferences, however, she would begin to miss

 

Craig and he would equally miss her. They would

 

skype every evening and she would tell him all

 

the exciting things happening in the conferences and

 

how she was networking and getting offers for speaking

 

engagements. This is the life Brooke Lynn dreamed

 

of, however, she wanted someone to share it with.

 

 

Brooke Lynn was due to return home after her

 

two weeks away from Craig and as he met her at the

 

airport they would find that they had much to share

 

with each other, personally and professionally. He

 

bought Brooke Lynn home and as she settled in they

 

shared a bottle of wine Craig brought up to her brown-

 

stone that she brought after graduating college.

 

 

After Brooke Lynn got settled in, checking her phone

 

messages and mail that they decided to go for dinner.

 

It was at dinner that they established their relationship,

 

goals and aspirations. Craig knew that Brooke Lynn

 

had a valuable gift in writing, one that she truly enjoyed

 

and he vowed to support her in The Gift she humbly

 

possessed.