From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

April 22

Meg, Katie and I sat rocking on the swing on Meg’s front porch, caught up in Meg’s description of the heart surgery she would undergo in two days. When Meg’s dad called her in, I hugged her tightly. “I’ll be praying for you,” I said.

Meg did not make it through the surgery.

On the way to the funeral home, I kept telling myself that Meg was okay, but when I saw Meg lying there, reality hit. I missed Meg terribly.

One evening several weeks later, Katie and I were walking when we found ourselves heading for Meg’s front porch. We sat on the swing, talking quietly, when the front door opened and Meg’s mom came out.

“I was hoping you girls would stop by. Please keep using the swing. Meg’s dad put it up for the three of you, and we hate to see it empty.”

We scooted together, closing the space that had separated us. “Do you suppose there are porch swings in heaven?” Katie asked.

“I’m sure of it,” I said.“And I’m sure Meg will be saving us a place on one when we get there.”

Teresa Cleary

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