|| Chapter 6
The drive home
was pleasant. Jenny thought about her "adventure" in Dr.s
Schultzs office and the path her life now seems to be taking.
Who is this marital arts guy and why me? Should I be nervous? What
is happening to me? Too much happening all at once
but it feels
so right! She pulls in the drive way to the Wangs home and
unlocks the door. Sandra is waiting impatiently at the bottom of
the stairs facing the door. She looks like an excited 13 year old..waiting
for the phone to ring. She rushes up to Jenny and squeezes her with
all her might. Jenny feels drained from the last two days and finds
the bannister quickly to support her and flops down on the third
Are you okay? You
dont look so good. Whats wrong? Did your meeting not
It went well. I am just tired. Ill be teaching at his house
Wow! No.. You arent! Can I
..no only kidding
Hey.. Did dad find my box of pictures?
Yes... They were up the attic. He brought them down.
They are in the study..Why do you want to look at them? Jen..something
is going on..please tell me. You havent looked at them since
your Mom died.
Jenny (stands up)
Get me some lemonade
and meet me in the study. I do have something to tell you but you
not going to believe it.
Ok.. Ill meet
you in there.
Sandra runs towards the kitchen
and Jenny walks across the foyer to the study. There are four dusty
boxes of pictures sitting on the table. Jenny feels nausious but
knows she has to look. She pulls apart the flaps of the first box.
It is filled with childhood memorabila from school. She goes to
the second box begins to open it and Sandra walks in. She has slipped
into her sweats and t-shirt and appears to be ready to work.
Something weird happened.
Well.. remember I
had an appointment with Dr. Schultz? (Sandra nodds)
What do you mean weird?
Did he try to touch you or something? I know he friendly but I didnt
think he would try to get-it-on with his clients!
No.. Sandra. Nothing
like that. Hmm.. He hypnotized me and
Oh.. never mind ..its
What are you trying
to tell me Jenny. Something is wrong. Please tell me. When I saw
him he hypnotised me but that was no big deal..
I saw things Sandra.. I was a woman
in a bomb shelter in WWII and then I was a little girl in China
in 1792.. He thinks that he tapped into my "other reality"..My past
lives. But what is even stranger is that in both experiences there
was the same Chinese man. He thinks that maybe we will find some
answers in these old pictures.
Ooo.. I have goosebumps!
Freaky! Do you really believe all this Jen?
Actually..Yes. I do believe it. I have always felt
I had a path I needed to take and I had never done anything to change
the path I was already on. Call me silly but I think this new job
teaching is connected. I feel like all of this is happening for
a reason and I cant figure out why. So lets look through these
old silly pictures and see if there is a connection. Gonna help?
Sure. Pull out that
book and I will start looking photos that while you look through
Sandra looks at
Jenny..She has a worried expression on her face because she knows
how painful loosing her mother was. Jenny was only 17. She had watched
her mother wither away. She had breast cancer and it spread rapidly
through her beautiful body. The Dr.s never gave up. They tried everything.
Her name was Christina and she was a teacher at the same school
that Jenny teaches at now
everyone adored her.
Sandra is flipping through the pages of the family
Heres something..Looks like a family tree
Let me see.. (Sandra
passes the Bible)
Youre right. I havent looked at this
in years. Mom kept it on the dresser in her bedroom. Look she recorded..
my birth.. Dads.. Who is this? Grandma Krissy?? She was born
in Scotland in 1912. Looks like she had a daughter and three sons.
Can you see anything else on them Sandra?
Let me look in this
shoe box here
Look heres some old black and white pictures.
Heres one looks like an older woman, her husband and three
children. (passes it to Jenny)
Jenny looks at the older woman who is dressed
in a black and white polka dot dress and has her hair in a bun.
The gentleman is wearing a wool suit. They looked as though they
were on there way to church. One of the children was sitting on
a small wooden rocking horse. He had dark hair and pretty blue eyes.
The other boy was standing beside his father and was wearing a stiff
starched white shirt and a bow tie. He appeared uncomfortable but
very smart. Jenny looks up to the young woman in the white dress
who is standing next to her mother. She feels the blood draining
from her and grabs the glass of lemonade from the table.
Whats wrong? You look like
you just saw a ghost!
( her eyes tear up
and she is looking at the backside of the photo)
Its me.. I
(She passes the photo
back to Sandra)
Oh my god.. She looks just like you!
Sandra turns the
photo over and there are some scribbles on the back..
ISABEL DECEASED- 1944
It looks like the only people who survived were
your Grandmother and her husband. I wonder what happened?
They died. I know what happened.
The Nazis came back that night. The tenement next door was hit and
the blast took out half of the building where we lived.. I died..wee
James and George. This picture was taken on my 19 birthday 1944
three days before I met him in the shelter.. (Everything goes dark)
Waving smelling salts under Jennys
Jenny can you hear
What happened Mrs.
(Mrs. Wang looks at
We were looking at some old photos and she started
saying some really weird things and she got all white in the face
and the next thing I knew ..she was on the floor.. I tried to make
her wake up and it was no good.. Dad brought her upstairs and we
called you right away.
Hmmm.. Jenny..Can you hear me??
Jenny stirs and
opens her eyes to find.. Mrs and Mr. Wang, Sandra and Dr. Aguilaro
standing over her bed..
What happened? Did
I pass out?
Yes.. Dad brought you upstairs. Are you ok?
Jenny ( Sits up)
Yes.. Im fine.
I think you should
stay in bed for the rest of the night. Bring her a nice hot cup
of green tea. That should make you feel better.
Hmm..That sounds good.
Let me just take
your blood pressure again and your temperature and if everything
looks fine I can go.
Ok.. we will be downstairs.
When you are finished then come on down.
Sandra, Mrs. and Mr. Wang go downstairs
to the kitchen. Sandra starts to tell them everything that Jenny
had told her and what she was saying just before she passed out.
This is very strange. We should talk to her when
she is rested and feels better.
I agree. Lets do it after breakfast. I think
we should go look at the photographs that she was looking at.
I know where the
picture is.. Ill go get it.
Dr. Aguilaro (enters
Well. Jennys fine. I think
she may be overdoing it a little. She still teaching at night?
Yes.. She loves it though.. I dont
think shell give it up.
Alright.. I understand. Have her come to see me
next week sometime please. So I can do a follow up exam on her.
Her blood pressure was a little higher than normal.
Mrs. Wang (Gets up from the table to see him
to the door)
I will make sure Jenny
makes an appointment as soon as possible. Thanks for coming out
..Especially on a Saturday night.
Sandra comes back in the kitchen
with the photo and explains the rest to her parents. They listen
intently and say nothing.. Mrs. Wang gets up and makes a cup of
tea and takes it upstairs to Jennys room.
Thanks. Sandra probably filled you in huh?
Yes.. But dont
worry we can talk about it later. I dont think it is strange
though. Buddhists believe in reincaration. Someone has a special
plan for you but only you can find it. This is your search.. We
can only give you support and lots of love. Dont worry about
what we think.. We will always be here for you..
(Reaches over and
takes Jennys tea cup from her and gives her a big hug)
Sunday passes without incident. Jenny spends
the rest of the day going through the old photos. She discovers
that Grandmother Krissy and Grandpa George had another daughter
in 1956.. Christina.. Jennys mother.
Written by Isabel Hodge