A Daughter’s Visit

Kingwell By Kingwell, 25th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A ninety-one year man living in a seniors home receives a visit from his daughter.

I meet Jonathan's Daughter

The name plate on the door said Jonathan Peddle and I knocked quietly as I entered the room. Jonathan was sitting in an old rocking chair in the corner, head bowed. Thinking that he was asleep, I turned to leave, there were others that I could visit. “Good evening young man, would you like a seat”? The voice was frail but clear. I smiled and held out my hand, “I’m Joseph Ploughman and I’m not that young” I laughed, “ I was wondering if you would like me to visit for an hour or so“? His face brightened and he pointed to the nearby armchair. “I don’t get many visitors”, he said softly, “mostly it’s just the staff coming in with another pill, and they never have time to sit and talk, my daughter is coming for me this evening though” and again his face lightened, “ she’s going to take me home with her”. Since no one at the home had mentioned anything about the ninety-one year old leaving, I decided to change the subject.  “You’ve lived in Appleton all your life Jonathan” I ventured, as the name was a common one in the small city of thirty thousand. “ I was born on Hazen Ave, they changed the name about thirty years ago,  the old house is still standing but everything else has changed”. The hour sped by quickly as Jonathan talked about his growing up in an Appleton that few would recognize today, of his childhood friends, all gone now,  even of his  marriage  to his childhood sweetheart.  They’d had six children he told me, five boys and one girl, the daughter who was picking him up this evening.  I noticed that he had a small nylon suitcase apparently packed and ready to go. Strange, I thought, that no one had mentioned his leaving. As I prepared to depart, a smartly dressed middle aged woman, with an endearing smile entered the room.  Jonathan introduced her as his daughter and I quickly bade them good evening and left the father and daughter alone in the room. Having some time before my bus arrived, I walked slowly down the corridor  thinking of the Appleton that Jonathan had talked about and the simple life he’d described.  Glancing out the window of the three story building a few minutes later, I saw his daughter helping Jonathan aboard what looked like a Dodge Aspen, but in excellent shape for such an old model.  Realizing that my bus would be here in a few minutes, I elected to take the elevator, instead of the usual stairs.

My Introduction to the Paranomal

Arriving home, I told Susan of my time spent with  Jonathan Peddle and how he had left the home with his daughter almost unbeknown it seemed, to the staff. Having visited with a Samuel Smith twice a week for the past three years, until his death the month before, I’d finally decided to find another gentleman who would like some company. It was clear now that I would have to check with the staff again on my next visit to the Glenbrook Senior’s Home. My wife, recovering from recent surgery, would be able to accompany me on my next visit where Alma Hutchings would be waiting anxiously. that we both enjoyed, especially when we found someone who had few or no visitors. Susan and I had been visiting the home, known as one of the best in the county, with a long waiting list, for the past seven years. It was something tors. The following Friday, we both arrived at the home, where Alma was waiting at her room door. After almost six weeks without seeing her friend, for such they had become, despite  an age difference of more than twenty years, she was happy to see Susan looking so well. Meanwhile I waited to speak to a staff member who would recommend a gentleman in need of some company. A nurse that I’d known since first going there approached smiling. “ I don’t suppose Jonathan decided to come back” I said, thinking that I should ask in case his daughter had only taken him for a weekend visit. The nurse’s smile was replaced by a strange look, “not many come back from the morgue Joseph”. I stared in disbelief,
“ the morgue but..” I began. “Sorry” she said, “but I thought you knew, Jonathan died in his sleep last Tuesday night, it must have been shortly after you left, funny, he had a premonition that his daughter was coming for him“. My face must have went deathly white for the nurse helped me to a chair. “His daughter did come for him, he even introduced us” I managed to say. I felt a hand on my shoulder, “Jonathan’s daughter died in a traffic accident fifteen years ago, that’s why he came with us, he’d been living with her“.

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Daughter, Death, Dodge Aspen, Gentleman, Kingwell, Premonition, Senior, Stranger Than Fiction, Traffic Accident

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar vpaulose
25th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you my brother for this interesting post.

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you vpaulose

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author avatar Songbird B
25th Feb 2014 (#)

Another great story Kingwell..You always make them the perfect length too so that it holds the readers attention right through to the end..
Having worked within the Care industry myself, you make this very believable too my friend. I thoroughly enjoyed it. \0/x

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Songbird, your encouragement is greatly appreciated.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
26th Feb 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Feb 2014 (#)

Wow dear Kingwell, another gripping story from beginning till end and eminently believable the way you have narrated - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Feb 2014 (#)

simply beautiful....thanks Kingwell...

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia

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author avatar Mariah
28th Feb 2014 (#)

This made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up...loved it Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you my friend for being such a loyal follower.

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