Thursday, March 10, 2011

Writer's Workshop: I Don't Know What To Say

This is a true post written as part of Mama Kat's writer's workshop.
1.) Write about a time a friend left you speechless.
   Mama’s Losin’ It


I heard it ringing as I frantically searched through my desk drawers and then purse to grab it before it stopped. I knew it was him. Time seemed to stand still, and I couldn't move quickly enough fumbling and fidgeting with every lock and zipper.


"I'm gonna miss it! Wait! Wait" My heart was beating so hard I could hardly swallow, and before I even grabbed that darn powder-blue phone there were tears burning my eyes. Everyone in my office was standing up listening to me curse and fumble and choke down tears as I tried to get to my phone...watching me struggle to maintain some kind of composure while my hands shook, my face turned red, and my breath was tight in my chest.

It had been 15 months. 15...long...scary...with-very-little-contact...months. And all I wanted to do was to find that stupid phone and hear his calming voice. Who else could possibly be calling? I work all day...nobody calls me. It had to be him.

Ring! Riiiiinnnng!  Rrrrriiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnggggg!!

"Hello!" I practically shouted as I finally, finally put the phone up to my ear.

And there it was. The sweetest sound my ears have ever heard. "Honey. We're in the US." And that was it. I crumpled to the floor at my desk and cried sweet tears of relief, silently listening to my husband breathe American air for the first time in 15 months. Unable to speak anymore. Unable to comprehend what was to come. Unable to put my love, my prayers, my hopes, my fears....my relief into words.

He said "hello".......and the silence has never been so sweet. He said "hello".....and we cried quietly together listening to the others breath.

17 comments:

Carrie said...

I could feel the tension as you scrambled to get the phone. I'm so glad it ended up being a happy call :)

Visiting from Mama Kat's

Vic said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwww! how sweet-----is that a photo i see on this blog?! love the new look lady!

Bees With Honey said...

I can't image going 15 months without hearing his voice. Wow! Intense. I'm glad it ended up being a happy call for you.

Very cute blog. Found you via Mama Kat's and now following you via Google Friend Connect:))

Kimberly said...

So so so beautiful. I can't even imagine the intense emotions that you felt with that one simple phone call.
Kimberly
http://makemommygosomethingsomething.com

Missy @ My Life Ain't Always Beautiful said...

Cute blog I am adding you to my google reader and to my facebook pages favorites.

Slidecutter said...

Love it! Have that choked-up feeling in my throat after reading the post...that, my friend, is a compliment.

Makes you stop and be grateful for the really important things in life, one of them being the love that surrounds all of us.

p.s....how was your birthday, Queenie?

Many hugs,

Patty

jdareg said...

Such a moving post. I can't imagine going 15 mos or longer and not seeing the ones you love. Hugs to your family and the sacrifices you all make on our behalf. Stopping in from MamaKats.

angie said...

This brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful.

Ashley said...

I'm crying! Beautifully written. I can't imagine how you felt but you described it perfectly. I forgot to tell you yesterday that the blog looks beautimus! XO

Johi said...

Wow~ really well-written! What a great story. Now I really want to do a writer's workshop!

Big Fat Gini said...

Beautiful!

Claire said...

oh my, that was fantastic writing. you had me wanting even more!

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I'm Jennifer. said...

WOW! I loved this post! It was like I was reading a suspense thriller novel and I couldn't read fast enough. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad I found you. I'm following you now via GFC. Looking forward to reading more!

theworkinghousewife said...

Beautifully written.. I can't imagine going 15 months without hearing my husband's voice.

Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

Prairie Patch said...

Awww, that's so touching. You wrote of your feelings so beautifully I could actually feel them myself.

Tracy http://allthumbscrafts.blogspot.com

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

That is beautiful. Really, just beautiful. I can't imagine how hard that was. But I bet the reunion was SWEET!

Jenna said...

thank you for sharing a page out of your story with us. a very private, speechless moment. beautifully done :)