Mr. Black was an old man who lived ion a small wooden cottage on the water. He only had one daughter and a granddaughter whose name was Ruby.
One hot summer day 4 year old Ruby sat on her grandfathers’ lap nearly crying.
“Grampa, you are going to go soon. I don’t want you to leave,.”Ruby said
“I will never go without saying goodbye’.” Mr. Black said
Tthat day Ruby went home with her mom.
When they got home Ruby plopped on the couch and started to ball.
“ Mom grandpas gonna go and I won't say goodbye and-”Ruby cried just as her mom interrupted her.
“ Thats not true. I heard him say that he would never leave without you saying goodbye.”
Ruby looked at her mom like she had six heads then ran to her room singing a cheerful song.
Just as Ruby sat on the bed she realized that she had forgot Mr. Tom her toy dog at the small cottage.
She ran out with a scared look on her face.
“Mom I left Mr. Tom at grandpas. Can we go get him?’
“Ya I need to grab my bag while we are at it.”
On the ten minute ride from their house to Mr. Blacks they sang to song on the radio as loud as the could. Ruby felt much better.
They knocked on the door but the old man didn't answer so they opened the door and slowly walked in.
Mr. Black was nowhere to be found.
“ Mom where is grandpa. I don’t see him anywhere?” little Ruby asked scared.
Rubys mom was sitting on the kitchen floor staring at the old Mr. Black just laying there as still as still could be his pale face lightened by only the sun’s bright rays shining through the old glass window.
“Ruby grandpas gone!’ her mother cried.
Ruby ran over to look then when she saw the horrible sight she started hitting and screaming at her mom.
“You said that he would never go mom you said he would stay! You said so mom!”
“Ruby sweety I meant that he was going on a three month vacation in russia because of his retirement.” her mom said grabbing the phone to call 911.
Tears soaked little Ruby's eyes as she looked down at her grandpa's gentle face when his eyes slowly opened as he breathed slowly.
Ruby smiled and kissed his cheek.
She sang one of his favorite songs to him as he fell back into a deep sleep.
When the ambulance arrived they told Ruby and her mom that he had a heart attack but he would recover quickly and as soon as he got out of the hospital he had to come live with an elderly home.
Ruby insisted that he was to live with them. So that was the way it would be.
Ruby and her mom followed the ambulance to the hospital not singing a song found on the radio but Mr. Black’s favorite song. “Silent night”.