June 23, 2014 by Melanie L.

I knelt bedside and clasped her hand.  “Please visit me,” I croaked unacknowledged.  Cancer tethered her promise within.

Months later, my broken doorbell rang repeatedly.  I knew her invisible hand reached from the illimitable beyond to deliver her response.

And I rejoiced.

13 thoughts on “Doorbell

  1. […] My sign you’re here but beyond Missed, with memories fond. […]


  2. Jen says:

    This is so incredibly, sweet! I love it!!


  3. A beautiful haunting, yet so bittersweet. It’s really sad, yet you manage to make the ending uplifting. Enjoyed this little story and am left wondering what happened next.


  4. Clare says:

    I don’t know if I’m just feeling emotional today, but this sprung tears for me. They didn’t fall, but I could feel them. From your words. This is crisp and lovely. It makes me wonder if the person you lost had a sense of humour? Ringing the doorbell so many times?


    • Melanie L. says:

      Thanks! Yep it’s a true story. My broken doorbell definitely started acting funny for a few months there with no explanation. It rang “ding-clunk” when a real person pushed the bell but it suddenly started ringing “ding-dong” a few months after Ali passed. It got so bad that we stopped even going to the door to check when it rang “ding-dong.” It would ring in the middle of the night when I got up to pee. . .it would ring several times in a row and then stop. One day it rang seven times. I finally decided it might really be a real person having some emergency so I got up to answer the door but I said, “Ali, I know it’s you. This is silly that I’m getting up to answer the door!” It kept rringing all the way to the door. It rang when I put my hand on the handle. I opened the door. No one was there. It rang again while I stared at the open space in front of my door. And then it never rang again. I asked my ex recently if the doorbell still acts up. He said it’s not done that since that time.


  5. Jennifer G. Knoblock says:

    I love how the request and response come months apart, but so beautifully connected by your words. This line is fab: “Cancer tethered her promise within,” and the ending is perfect.


  6. DragonSpark says:

    Chilling and heart-warming at the same time, all in a very brief post. Congats!


  7. inNateJames says:

    It’s good to be reminded that we can take our senses of humor with us when we go. Your gargle is touching and makes me think you watch Long Island Medium, too.


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