Lucy was in the attic going through an old trunk. Her Grandmother had died
and left her the real old house. Lucy had not been here since she
was a young girl. She left to be on her own and then decided to come
back and close up the old house or sell it. After Granny Rose died
everything had changed. She remembered something as she went through
all the things inside the trunk. Then she saw it, the old mirror her
Grandmother had told her about, she had forgotten after all these years.
She remembered as her Grandmother got older she used to sit and stare into
the mirror for hours and most of the time she had a smile on her face.
Lucy ask her one day.
what is it about the mirror that makes you smile?" Lucy must
have been about seven or eight years old. "Well," said
Granny Rose, " you see it's a magic mirror, you look, you believe and
all your dreams come true. When I want to see my Mother and all my
sisters and brothers that have gone on, I just look into the mirror.
When I am gone and you are lonely and you want to be with your family,
just look into the mirror and all your wishes and dreams will come
true." When Granny rose died she had the mirror in her hand and
she had the most beautiful smile on her face.
mirror was wrapped in tissue paper and it looked almost new. Lucy
was now very old herself and she had never had children. She had
always wanted them because she remembered the laughter and the running and
playing that went on in the old house. Lucy was very lonely. I
guess that is why she was attracted to the old house again. Lucy was
tired and worn out, she needed to be with her family, she was the last one
living and she wanted to go home. She remembered what Granny Rose
had said but didnít really believe it. She thought maybe she was
just talking because she was so old.
sits there, she closes her eyes and thinks back and holds on to the mirror
very tightly. She can hear Granny Rose laughing and running after
the children and the smell of homemade biscuits and gravy, it was all so
real. Could it be true, could it be really true what Granny had told
Knock, she woke up from her dream, someone was at the door, it was the
people to look at the old house. A young couple had ask about buying
the house and Lucy could see no need to keep it. As she walked down
the steps she felt like she was walking on air, as if there was no strain
at all, she felt so strong. She let the young couple in and
explained to them the house was a little out of order, they could look at
it if they want. As Lucy was walking through the house and
explaining about it, the memories came back, each room had its own.
huge living room with the fireplace where the family gathered around to
talk and watch the children play. Her uncle and aunts all laughing.
The kitchen was her favorite , Granny Rose stayed in there all the time,
the old cook stove was still there, she would never part with that, no new
stuff for her. As she went into the play room, there was her old
hobby horse and huge doll house with home made dolls, just as she had left
it over 60 years ago. Granny had never changed a thing. For some
reason Lucy could smell the cooking, fresh baked cookies. She asked
the couple "do you smell that"? "No" they said, "
we donít smell anything." This had happened since Lucy had
looked into the mirror. She looked at them and said, "could you come
back on another day please?"
felt the need to be alone. As she walked them to the door she saw
it, a child running up the steps, she never said a word. As they
walked out the door, Lucy went upstairs, she sat down in front of the
trunk. She pulled out Granny Roseís apron and held it close to her
heart. She took the mirror and put it in front of her face and just
stared. Slowly she got up and went to the rocker. As she sat
down she smiled and heard the laughter and then she heard her sisters
calling her name. She knew then she could never sell this house or
for that matter ever leave the house again. Her family was still here and
Granny Rose was still here, she knew this for sure because as she looked
up, there she was, Granny Rose, with her hand out stretched reaching for
Lucy. Lucy laid back in her rocker and fell asleep never to wake up
again. Lucy was in the house now with all her family to live forever
and ever and had the most beautiful smile on her face.
Harriett Dash 2001