Dave smiled as he watched Torie move to stand before the rectangular mirror above the dining room sideboard, amused with her reaction, as she patted her silver-gray hair. She turned to smile at him.
“Your grandma Mary was a lovely woman. How old is she at this time?” she asked as her eyes darted about the room, trying to gauge the time frame by the household furnishings.
Dave walked across the room to join her at the mirror and looked at his own reflection while taking Torie in his arms to give her a brief hug. “This was about two years before she died in 1987, so about eightly-years-old. Grandpa Joe died in 1991. He was ninety years old.”
Dave turned his attention to his own reflection and studied his face in the mirror. Grandpa Joseph McFall’s dark blue eyes stared back at him and he moved closer, drinking in the sight of his grandfather, whom he had loved so dearly.
“Why did you want to visit this particular day, Dave?” Torie asked. “Why is this day so special to you?”
Dave looked across the room to the grandfather clock standing in the front hall before he answered. “The family will be back soon. We all went to Des Moines and while we were gone Grandma Mary had fixed a roast dinner and when we got home we all sat down to eat. We had gone to town to pick up a new puppy and it was the first time that we had bought a German Shepard, a great-granddaddy of our dog Shadow.”
“Well then let’s get the table set. Why don’t you help me, because I have no idea where everything was kept.”
As they walked into the kitchen, Torie pulled open the oven door and pulled out the tray, lifting the lid to check the dinner. “Could you find a big platter for the roast please?” Torie asked. “Nineteen-eighty-five huh—so you will be about twelve-years-old. I can’t wait to see you!”
“It will be fun to see your reaction, not only to me but to my brothers.
Get ready for the next heart-warming chapter of the story, Enduring Gift, by reading the rest of the series
Out of the Past, Book #1
Into the Future, Book #2
Forevermore Book #3
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