A sequel to“The Coal Toss.”
Having been retired for some years, and having lost my beautiful wife, I decided to take a road trip to some of the towns I had been to while working on the railroad.
It was on one of these trips that it happened…
I had been driving along the back roads of Georgia for several hours when I decided to stop at the closest store to take a break.
While browsing the snack display, I noticed a young lady standing on the same aisle, not for away.
She appeared to be following me.
I was pretty sure that I didn’t know her, but I couldn’t help noticing her beautiful smile.
A few minutes had passed, and I was just about to look away, when she suddenly turned toward a shadowy figure standing further down the aisle and shouted, “Mama!”
At that point, the person slowly walked toward us.
As the individual approached, I could see that she was an elderly lady who had a trace of the same smile as the younger lady.
Without saying a word, the older lady, walked right up to me, grabbed my hand and began gently squeezing it.
The younger lady then reached up and gave me a tight hug.
Needless to say, I was totally confused, but I didn’t want to offend them so I just smiled.
At that point, they turned and disappeared back down the aisle.
Still trying to figure out what had happened, I went ahead and walked to the counter, paid for my snack, got in my car and drove off.
By the time I got a few miles down the road, it dawned on me where I had seen the young lady’s familiar smile.
She was the little toddler that would come to edge of the railroad track where I would toss bags of coal off the caboose for their family in the winter time.
That had been more than 20 years ago!
Before I knew it, I had slowed down to look for a place to turn around so that I could go back.
I had so many questions I wanted to ask.
But, for some reason, I can’t explain why, I kept going.
If it were you, would you have gone back?