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July 22, 2010

This post is a contest entry on Deanna Schrayer’s blog.

Photo by Tia L Brink
She huddled in her coat and tucked her chin deeper into her scarf; the towering buildings offering little defense against the cold air. Dark windows mocked her, reflecting her journey as she hurried by, the pink rose bud she clutched bobbing in time with her steps.

Arriving at the mouth of an alley, she paused, searching the recesses before pushing forward. A gust of frigid air swirled around her, whipping her hair across her face as she jogged from one curb to the next.

Just two more blocks.

Clinging to the gifts, she imagined the beaming face of her little angel; big brown eyes framed in thick brows, a giant smile, all surrounded by a mass of chestnut hair. She couldn’t help but smile at the thought of her little girl’s joyful expression.

I’m coming baby.

She swallowed passed the lump in her throat and pushed through the gate, counting the rows as she went.

Twelve rows in. Nine spaces over.

Her pace slowing as she neared her destination. She dropped to her knees, and with trembling hands arranged the rose and teddy bear at the angel’s feet. Pulling off a glove, she brushed her fingers across the name engraved on the stone.

Tears streaming down her face, she bowed her head.

“Happy Birthday, baby.”

In loving memory of Alexandra Flores

February 28, 2000 – September 22, 2004

We love you and miss you.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2010 12:41 PM

    oh that’s so sweet and sad! Not to mention unexpected. Nicely done!

  2. July 22, 2010 12:58 PM

    Thanks, Tia. And thank you for the great photo up top.

  3. Ian permalink
    July 22, 2010 1:25 PM

    I’m not the easiest guy to make cry…damn you!

  4. July 22, 2010 1:48 PM

    Wow! How could I imagine such an ending!

  5. July 22, 2010 2:21 PM

    Lovely, moving and very well done.

  6. Deanna Schrayer permalink
    July 22, 2010 3:18 PM

    Danielle, this is so beautifully written. I don’t know what else to say, other than thanks for the tears….

    Thanks so much for entering the contest and spreading the word too!

  7. July 22, 2010 6:10 PM

    One of the worst kinds of birthdays, but an anniversary very few guardians can avoid. Here’s to their memories.

  8. Carlos R. Looney permalink
    July 22, 2010 7:25 PM

    Awesome story! Awesome writing! Awesome Tone! Awesome Descriptions! Very moving and impacting story!

  9. July 22, 2010 9:46 PM

    Well done. Sad and beautifully written. It was a touching tribute.

  10. July 23, 2010 1:48 AM

    Beuatifully written and the descriptions are fab. Such a touching story.

  11. Jax permalink
    July 23, 2010 7:09 AM

    Danni, that was heartbreaking and lovely.

  12. July 23, 2010 7:10 AM

    Thanks Danielle for the loving memory of my sister’s precious angel. It’s beautiful. Penny

  13. July 23, 2010 7:57 AM

    When I got to the end, a chill went up my spine. That was beautifully written, heartwrenching, and sad. You could feel the mother’s pain. Well done Danni.

  14. July 23, 2010 8:26 AM

    A real thump to the heart. Just beautiful.

  15. July 23, 2010 8:33 AM

    Touching and beautiful.

  16. July 23, 2010 9:55 AM

    Very emotional!

  17. July 23, 2010 10:56 AM

    The death of a child…my worst nightmare…beautifully written.

  18. July 23, 2010 2:16 PM

    *hugs* that was tragic and beautiful.

  19. July 23, 2010 5:02 PM

    Terribly sad. The photo and memorial at the end was painful to see. But writing is a great healer and a way of keeping memories alive, so I’m glad to bear witness to that.

  20. July 23, 2010 6:25 PM

    Alexandra was my beautiful little cousin. Thank you for letting me share this with you and thank you for your comments.

  21. July 23, 2010 6:45 PM

    What a sad and touching story, Danielle. It’s told with such precision and grace.

  22. July 24, 2010 3:06 AM

    Heartbreaking, but well written – even without the heart-wrenching reveal, I could really feel that cold air.
    So sorry about your little cousin

  23. July 24, 2010 9:24 AM

    Caught me totally off-guard, and now there are tears in my eyes. Beautiful story!

  24. Renate permalink
    July 25, 2010 8:35 PM

    Tears at your heart – lovely words pulling you in – great piece of work as always!

  25. August 11, 2010 8:33 AM

    Wow!Now that’s powerful! Great job.

  26. Deanna Schrayer permalink
    August 15, 2010 6:04 AM

    Just a quick note to Danielle’s readers – there’s less than 15 hours left to vote in the contest. Have you cast your vote?
    We’ll be partying at The Other Side of Deanna on Monday. I hope everyone can stop in!

  27. August 15, 2010 2:45 PM

    That’s so sad. Beautifully written tribute.

  28. Deanna Schrayer permalink
    August 16, 2010 6:46 AM

    Hi Danielle. We’re having a party today – hope you and your readers can stop in:
    Thanks so much for entering the contest!

  29. November 2, 2010 8:15 AM

    so heartbreaking… and beautiful

  30. Misty permalink
    November 18, 2010 12:24 PM

    I almost wish I missed this one. So sad, but so well done.

  31. March 6, 2017 7:46 PM

    tia brink was a piece of trash went out with her she was a fake and an idiot ask her step mom marge brink


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