By Elsie K. Neufeld
Paperback via Elsie okay. Neufeld. On behalf of herself and all mourners, Elsie ok. Neufeld recalls her brother, stocks her tears, strives to forgive, and asks the place within the darkness God dances.
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You can't, Elsie. His car exploded. " "Oh, God, no," I wail and sink onto the couch, my face falling into my hands, my body folded in half. I rock and rock, my body shaking in this storm. "Are you all right, Elsie? Should I get you something? " a voice asks. "No. " The elements have entered my house, uninvited. Get thee behind me ... Someone wraps my quilt around me. It makes no difference. A north wind howls inside my body. What could ever thaw such cold? "She's in shock," my sister says, from far away.
Welcome back," I said. "Here Uncle John, this is for you," said Matthew. He handed John a black, paper leprechaun hat with green shamrocks glued on it. "Hey, nice, Matthew. St. Patrick's Day, eh? Thanks a lot," Uncle John responded. What did we talk about in that last conversation? I don't remember much. It wasn't a long talk. I know we talked again of his trip to Manitoba, about how cold and ugly "Windypeg" was. " "Yup," he said, on the intake of breath, then broke into his renowned "hyena" laugh.
Like John, he was killed by a drunk driver. The woman looked then like I now felt, like a living groan. Before calling John's friends, I wandered around our house. "Mommy, what's wrong? " Daniel, my oldest son, called from his bedroom. I went into Daniel's bedroom and lay beside him, Page 32 holding him tight. I will keep you safe, my son. "What's wrong, Mommy? " he asked again. "Oh, Daniel," I said, wondering what words to use. "Uncle John has been killed. He's dead. That means you won't ever see him again.