parkside candies, buffalo, ny
it came unexpectedly, the state called grace, showing up in my presence as she toddled into the kitchen; skirt, cane, full make up, smile. she had rallied for our possible date to the zoo. one last chance to see her beloved giraffes. she knows the end is near, but it would not be this day. this day there were memories to be made.
like magic, like grace, the 3 giraffes clustered into the back corner of their domain seemingly to look just at us. the yellow and black bird waiting for us as we wheeled off the lift in the rainforest. the lion that roared and despite the crowd, looked solely in our direction.
then lunch, because she is still interested in eating, at the deliciously-trapped-in-time candy store. she bought forty fours dollars worth of chocolate to take home, with glee like i have never seen. we took pictures of her and me in the half round booth, just a bit fuzzy, but treasures for my heart.
we walked slowly, hand in hand, to the lot in the back. half way there she sang, unexpectedly, one single sentence to me~ "all is well with my soul."
and there it was again, grace unlooked for and grace received. a day to never forget and the knowing that all will be well with our souls.