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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