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Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)
- TITLE: Nightfall
By Megan Starbuck
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I had found the journal in a far corner of the small, musty attic while putting my winter items in storage. Climbing down the ladder with it tucked beneath my arm, I considered whether it was wrong to read it.
The previous owner, a widow, had died about a year earlier. I supposed if it were hers, she wouldn't mind my reading it. So, there, nestled on my couch, I opened the old, brown journal.
The first page held a masculine handwriting in which these words were written:
Record only what you want to remember.
The widow's name had been Anne, but I was still compelled to read on. I hoped and imagined that Martha wouldn't mind.
I gently turned the crisp, yellowed page.
The next was dated Feb. 18, 1911 and had a few brown spots dotting it.
As I read entry after entry, laughter excaped my lips and even a lump crept to my throat at one point. I saw what it was like for Martha and her family and neighbors to live at that time.
Although in many ways I was reading about a different world, I also felt the commonality between our lives in experiencing joys and pains.
Suddenly I didn't feel so alone.
Hours passed before I finally closed the book. I sat for a moment reflecting on all I'd just read. Then I moved across the room and stepped onto the porch to look at the stars.
Returning inside, I locked the door and trudged to bed with a yawn. Before closing my eyes, I pulled out my own journal and wrote the date at the top.
Feb. 19, 2011
I've often wondered how much--or even if--the way I live my life today would matter in a hundred years. In some seemingly small way, I think it will.
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