A Little Piece of Heaven
by Shari L Klase
Susanna closed her eyes in death and opened them to the glittering, golden streets and pearly gates of Heaven's entrance. There waiting for her were her mother, sister, and grandmother. She knew all along that they would be there. After her initial registration by St. Peter and some paperwork, she rushed into her mother's arms.
"So wonderful to see you," Mom said.
Susanna remembered how her mom's hugs felt when she was little. She died when Susanna was just fifteen. It was years before she could fully accept her death but it had never altered her faith. It was Stu that did that.
Susanna asked the big question she already knew. "Dad?"
Her mom shook her head. "He didn't make it."
"I knew he wouldn't," Susanna said simply. There never was any doubt in her mind that the man who had abandoned his family when Susanna was five, and didn't even bother to come around when she was granted custody to her grandmother, would not be welcome in paradise. She was glad of it.
"Mom, you're wearing your hair different, parted on the other side."
Her mom laughed nervously. "I am?"
"Why sure, but it doesn't matter. I like it that way."
Her grandmother waited patiently. Susanna knew that she would understand that even though she had spent more of her years with her grandmother, there was no one who could take the place of her mother. It was only right that Susanna missed her mother most.
But at last Susanna fell into her Grandmother's arms. "Hi Grandma, I sure missed you. I cried for days after I found out you were gone. My grades slipped a bit that semester, but I made up for it."
"I know," her grandmother said. "I was watching."
"Were you? I always thought that, at least I did for a while."
"Yes. Well, we don't need to talk about that, do we?" her grandmother reminded her.