An older woman decided to visit her recently deceased husband’s grave only to find two little children standing there waiting for her. She had no idea who they were, but that encounter would change her life forever. Barbara littrell was in her early 60s when her husband jonath died. She ended up very lonely, as she was so used to having her husband by her side through the years. Barbara and jonathan never had any children, because her husband was against it.
She accepted this fact and instead found comfort intending to her garden, where she grew crops, herbs and flowers after jonath died, barbara continued with her daily routine, except this time she didn’t have her husband to share conversations and meals with she missed him dearly. So she would visit his grave every afternoon to spend time with him one day. She was surprised to see two children playing in front of her husband’s grave. It was a young boy and girl whom barbara assumed her brother and sister based on their resemblance hello. Darlings are you lost?
She asked them after noticing there weren’t any adults around the boy shook his head. Is this the grave of jonath? He asked back barbara paused for a while taken aback that the young boy knew her husband’s name. Why? Yes?
It is. She replied. The children smiled at barbara and started jumping we’re waiting for mrs barbara latrell, the girl, suddenly squealed she’s, our grandmother, barbara’s heart began to pound out of her chest, grandmother she thought to herself. How could i have grandchildren if we never had any kids her mind suddenly started playing different scenarios in her head? Did jonatha have an affair, she thought, although it was painful, it was the only plausible explanation.
She could think of what are your names, kids and where are your parents? Barbara asked the two children, i’m steve, i’m 10, and this is my sister linda she’s: six. We don’t have any parents, the boy quietly replied: we’ve been living with our aunt ann, a friend of our mom she’s in the hotel just two streets away. He added barbara, checked her back to get the blanket she always carried to the cemetery. She placed it on the floor and asked the two children to sit with her.
She pulled out the sandwich, she’d save for herself and handed it to them. I’M barbara latrell. She told them as soon as they were settled, but i never had any children. I wonder why you think i’m your grandmother, barbara admitted the kids, looked at each other confused. While you see mrs littrell, our mother got sick and said she needed to fly back home to heaven.
She assured us that we wouldn’t be alone, because we had a grandmother named barbara latrell. That’S you! We wanted to find you, so we asked our aunt to help us steve said after weeks of trying to find you our aunt found out that you lived here in georgia. There was an online posting about jonatha luttrell’s death, so we visited the cemetery. The keeper said we’d find you here, because you come here.
Every day, steve revealed, i see barbara replied still confused about why the children’s mother named her their grandmother. What was your mother’s name? She decided to ask amanda brooks linda answered barbara gasped. This can’t be true. She recognized that name very well and couldn’t believe it do.
You still live in the next town. Did you remember your address? She asked curious wanting to get a glimpse of amanda’s life. The boy nodded barbara explained that she used to live in the same town when she was younger and she was familiar with a place before taking the kids back to their aunt at the hotel. She decided to ask one more thing: how did your mom introduce me as your grandmother before flying to heaven?
Mom said she never found you again after you married mr latrell. She knew that you’d love us, so she asked our aunt to help us find you steve explained barbara, couldn’t help but cry. She indeed knew amanda brooks very well years ago, barbara worked at an orphanage as a nurse there. She met a little girl who completely stole her heart amanda. She would give her gifts.
She’D enjoy like little teddy bears in the wizard of oz book. They had a strong connection and they would spend every afternoon playing and talking barbara decided. She wanted to adopt the young girl, but her then-boyfriend jonathan was against it. He didn’t want to be a dad and barbara respected that they moved to a different city and she never heard from amanda again when barbara got to amanda’s house, it was locked. She wasn’t surprised, as she had already found out through the kids, that their mom had died.
This thought saddened her and brought her to tears. She decided to knock on a neighbor’s door where she explained who she was. I met steve and linda earlier today, and they gave me their address. Do they not live here at all barbara asked the neighbors shook their hand, steve and linda have been living with amanda’s friend anne. They left all their things in amanda’s house, because anne didn’t plan to keep them for long she’ll put them in an orphanage once she relocates to another stage.
She revealed barr replaced a hand over her mouth surprised at this revelation. Oh dear, i wouldn’t want those poor children to end up in an orphanage their mother suffered the same fate years ago. She said tears filling her eyes again. The neighbor realized barbara was being genuine towards the children she offered to open the house up for her to see what was inside. I have the spare key to amanda’s house in case her children ever decided to get anything inside.
She left it with me before she died, the neighbor told barbara. While she was there, she found the teddy bear she had given amanda and the wizard of oz book as well right in front of the bear. She found a sealed envelope. She immediately took it deciding to read it once she got home that night, barbara decided to read the letter before heading back to the hotel to meet steve linda and their aunt ann. It read dear barbara.
How are you i miss you dearly, although you didn’t adopt me all those years ago. I still consider you, my real mother, the only mother figure in my life. I didn’t have enough resources to find you, but i really wanted to introduce my children to you. While i had the chance, i don’t know how much time i have left, but i really hope, steve and linda get to meet you even when i’m gone lots of love, amanda barba sobbed, clutching letter close to her chest. While she loved her husband dearly.
She questioned why he never wanted to have children, even though he knew barbara wanted to be a mom so badly without hesitation. She decided to do what she couldn’t when she was younger. She met with anne steve and linda, and she revealed her intentions to adopt the kids and i found out from one of amanda’s old neighbors that you plan to put the kids in an orphanage soon. Is that true she asked the woman looked at barbara shiley nodding. I’M sorry barbara, i can’t take responsibility for two children on my own.
Amanda didn’t leave any money and i just can’t i’m moving to another state to work and i just won’t be able to take it. She explained, don’t worry, i didn’t mean to judge your decision. Barbara said i just wanted to clarify, because i’m hoping to adopt linda and steve i’d be happy to take care of them. She revealed lyndon steve gast squealing in their seats. Mom was right, grandma barbara would take care of us and love us linda said barbara, followed.
The lengthy process of adopting the children at 62 she found a great reason to stay, fit and healthy and live a long life. Barbara now had two kids to love and treasure and could finally live the life she’d always dreamed of.