She was his great grandmother and he was now in her care after her daughter, his grandmother, and her granddaughter, his mother, had both succumbed to COVID-19 last year. Her own husband was long gone, and was her late-daughter’s husband. Her late-granddaughter’s husband, the boy’s father, had skipped out on his wife and son shortly after the boy was born. So it was up to her to take care of him.
She lived in a relatively rural setting and there was no school nearby to send the child and she felt she had to do whatever she could to prepare him to survive in the trouble world around him. But she had to do it quickly because she was very old and didn’t know how much time she had left.
She used most of her savings to buy the boy a laptop, hoping that he could use it to learn things that would help him in the future. She wanted him to understand how to use technology and to discover all he could before she left him on his own.
The boy was smart and she was amazed by, and very proud of, how quickly he absorbed information. And he was thrilled to share with her all of what he discovered on that laptop.
One day she sat with him on the wood deck outside their small cottage. She told him that she would soon be moving on and that he should, even after she was gone, continue to educate himself. He cried and promised that he would not let her down.
“I know, my dear child,” she said. “I will still be with you in your heart and in your mind and I know that you will make my spirit very proud.”
She passed a few days later and the boy took some clothing and his laptop and went out into the big wide world, feeling confident that his great grandmother had put him on the right path.
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Sasint @ Pixabay.