My parents and my three youngest brothers arrived late afternoon. This was the first time we got to see each other since they had moved to a different Amish community several months earlier. Sunbeam was sleeping but Mom couldn't wait to have her first peek at her newest grand-daughter. I knew that Sunbeam would have plenty of time to sleep after their visit was over and gently lifted her from her crib and let Mom hold her. Sunbeam slept all the way through that first introduction as Mom oohed and ahhed over her wealth of black hair and chubby cheeks.
We had a lot of visiting to catch up on and it seemed as if there simply weren't enough hours in a day. Daddy helped LV tear out the carpeting in our living room and replace it with tile while Mom and I spent our days with nothing to do except making meals and visiting.
All too soon it was time for them to leave. I hated to see them go but it did help that Mahlon, now 16, was staying with us for the rest of the summer to help with all our work.
The days that followed were busy as they cleared brush and thorns away in order to be able to build fence. The children loved having their uncle there and everything was settling into a comfortable routine until one morning at chore time when LV called Mahlon. He didn't get up. LV went ahead and started feeding all the calves by himself. An hour later he again called him. Still no answer.
We started getting an uneasy feeling and went to check his bed. It was empty. His alarm clock was set for 2:00 and his dufflebag was gone. I felt my stomach drop and then decided to press redial on our phone. My brother David's phone number came up so we called him to see if he knew where Mahlon was. He fed us some phony baloney story how Mahlon was hitch hiking to Maryland and he was on his way to pick him up and that Mahlon would be living with him.
We tried to soak in that information for a while and then I knew what we had to do next. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do so far in my life as I picked up the phone and called my parents to let them know that Mahlon had run away.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Posted by A Joyful Chaos at 8:21 AM
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Oh my...my heart aches for how difficult it was for you to have to tell your mother and for your mother to hear this news.ReplyDelete
It is a fascinating story and I thank you for sharing it. I always look forward to seeing a new post from you!
What a special time for your mom and the baby.ReplyDelete
But at the same time so sad that Mahlon has run away...
I can imagine the fears that run through one's heart. The pain that accompanies sorrow -- knowing what your mother would feel.ReplyDelete
My goodness! I cannot imagine what Mahlon had in his mind! I hope he was safe. I hurt for your parents, and for you,too.ReplyDelete
Wow, that must've been quite a shock for y'all, your brother leaving like that. I'm on pins and needles, wondering what his reasons were.ReplyDelete
I will say a prayer that he will return soon.ReplyDelete
Oh my...how heartbreaking that morning must have been.ReplyDelete
Whoa! I am so surprised/shocked that your brother would run away at 16 years old. Surely, it must have been preplanned. I can't wait to get to the bottom of this! (I know it's all in the past, but I just heard! lol)ReplyDelete
Oh, it seems pretty clear to me that David knew what was going on.ReplyDelete
That makes my heart sick for you, MA.ReplyDelete
How painful. I am reminded of the verse in Romans how all things work together for good and even though you didn't know the Lord...God was working.
Gosh I remember that feeling well when one of our sons ran away just decided he didnt like having to go to church and obey the house rules and we were not amish.ReplyDelete
That must have been a very difficult phonecall for you to make!ReplyDelete
So sweet that your family got to spend time at your house. So sad that your brother decided not to stay there.ReplyDelete