I don't claim to be a mind-reader.
As such, the following is just based on a true story.
Note: The term Chillisquaque in the post below is pronounced "Chill-ih-squaw-gey."
I never thought it would be like this.
The tall and slender woman with a weathered face thought as she stood on her raised front porch taking deliberate sips from a mug.
Printed on the side of the mug was "Grandma."
Steam from the coffee floated in front of the woman's eyes as she listened to nearby geese verbally greet the sunrise with their unmistakable chorus.
She continued her thoughts.
What does the local tribe call the geese singing?
Meaning "Song of the Wild Goose" or something like that?
Across the street and past several reflective lawns thanks to the morning dew, she can see the white marble headstone.
She had just planted flowers in front of her husband Tom's resting place.
To the side of Tom's grave, was a single American flag and a metal marker that signified his service in the Vietnam War.
Tom, I hope you can see how fast your grandkids are growing.
She missed her husband, but was relieved that his suffering had recently ended after a long battle with kidney disease.
She took another sip of coffee and this time noticed the "Grandma..." label.
She shook her head.
The woman never much felt like a grandmother.
Practically, she was the only "mom" that the sleeping nine-year-old granddaughter and six-year-old grandson had ever known.
Years of substance abuse had rendered their birth mother incapable of caring for the two children, and they have been living with "grandmother" for years now.
A recent court proceeding had changed her title from "grandma" to "custodial guardian" or acting mom, but the kids would not notice the difference.
She was the one who loved them and cared for their daily needs.
Even though this was grandma's second time around--having raised four children already.
The geese sang again.
And, good morning to you my friends, she whispered.
She took one last glance at Tom's grave, smiled, and entered the soon-to-be-bustling home.
A full day of school and after-school activities awaited this acting mom/grandma, and she was ready to help these children excel.
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