“Hey, did I leave the front door open all day?” Debbie said. “Well, the screen door was probably locked, I don’t have to worry. But maybe I should check it anyway…” The door was unlocked, so then she began to worry.
“And Micah! Did you push Raggedy Ann off her shelf and drag her to the living room? And why did you knock the music boxes off the mantel?” Debbie was really worrying by this time. Micah and Tiger spoke Cat among other cats, but it only sounded like purrs and meows to humans. Raggedy Ann spoke Doll, yet Tiger and Micah could understand her. And the music boxes? They spoke Just Here, so the cats and Raggedy Ann could understand them. And poor Debbie, the only one who couldn’t hear their languages, is who needed their message the most.
“Well, you guys, “Debbie sighed as she sank down onto the couch, “I have good news for you. Now I know why I’ve been slow and not feeling myself. I had a very, very bad headache and I kept seeing lightning bolts out of one of my eyes. I feel pretty good again. Oh, I guess I can’t expect you to understand what I’m talking about. Just know that I, your Mama, still love you.”
But Debbie didn’t realize they could understand what she said.
Tiger closed his eyes in agreement but made it look like he was asleep.
Micah, all of a sudden, through his saucer-like round eyes, saw the gauzy, filmy thing over Debbie’s clothes disappear.
And Raggedy Ann? Behind her painted-on smile, she really was smiling on the inside. And the I Love You heart that is painted on her chest was threatening to tear off, because her real heart was bursting with love – and relief.
The music boxes patiently waited for Debbie to pick them up and put them back on the mantel. Being on the floor made them nervous, because they did not want to get stepped on.
And we can’t leave out the Energizer Bunny. Even he was celebrating! But his celebrating was done outside as he bounced way up to the living room window in order to see and hear what was going on.
P.S. I don’t know who the little girl in the picture below is, but she looks identical to me at that age – only my hair was more blonde, almost white. 🙂