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       Casanova's Adventure of a Lifetme, p.1

           Charles Butler
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Casanova's Adventure of a Lifetme
Casanova's Adventure of a Lifetime

  Introduction

  True love is finding that part of you only another can complete. It requires risking our deepest emotions, secret thoughts, and most cherished desires to someone for the very first time. Exposing our heart is the hardest thing we will ever do in this life. We choose only to do this after we find someone we trust, and often adore.

 

  Life was never meant to walk alone. While there are many types of love, there is only one valiant knight for each destitute princess. For a heart comes in halves; and true love has room to share but one other heart.

  This is a story in search of that missing half heart. This is a journey through the amazing chain of events that weighs down a particular man’s heart. Each heavy link was forged in the flames of fate so many years ago. This trouble no heart should bear.

  I often heard it said: you can love many women, but really love only one. That is the way God made our hearts. But, who am I to define love? Better minds and hearts than mine have failed miserably to answer this impossible question.

  I do know something about love. The greatest love is always found through great sacrifice. It demands lying down one’s own life to the benefit of another. Sometimes it requires this impossible burden from even the most innocent of hearts. Sometimes fate wraps its terrible shackles even around the heart of a child. This is just such a story!

 

  Chapter 1: A Tender Heart

 

  A gentle warm spring breeze ripples the red and white plaid table cloth tickling the knees of Cass. He stares at the line of linen dancing in the morning sunshine while smelling the sweet clean sent each mild “whoosh” sneaks past the open kitchen window. His short arms prop his small head as he watches the clothesline become a vast shimmering ocean. A sheet gust upward in the morning breeze revealing it's really a terrible menace. A shirt and a dress dance off in the opposing direction as they try frantically to escape the clutches of this dreadful dragon’s claws. They attempt to swim away while holding hands as the fast approaching peril grows closer. Just now, the foe scrapes the shoulder of the valiant man whom has put himself in harm’s way between the dragon and the distressed damsel.

 

  In this moment, Cass yells, “No!”

 

  The abrupt outburst immediately settles the encroaching dragon, the valiant man, and the distressed damsel back into the gentile formation of attention. But, it also alerts momma.

 

  Cass feels the pressure of a loving warm hand press down and swish his hair. In his solitude he realizes this particular adventure has ended. Slowly, an adoring giant face journeys down beside his.

 

  “Has my beautiful boy taken another amazing adventure?”

 

  A tender warm kiss ever so slightly tickles his cheek, and then she whispers,

 

  “What a wonderful adoring mind.”

 

  Momma returns to her baking as Cass revels in the praise his ravenous heart so much desires. Her unconditional love fills the room, the house, and his heart every day of his short life.

 

  How Cass loves his momma. This wonderful woman is the most beautiful creature ever captured by such an innocent heart. She is every distressed damsel in every misfortune a seven

  year old imagination could ever hope to rescue. While his teachers’ think his wondering mind is

  a hindrance, his doting mother thinks otherwise. She reads amazing stories to him every day. One of his favorites is the bible story of the amazing “Sampson and Delilah.” And at night, she blesses Cass with her own wonderful dreamy imagination. How momma loves her handsome son.

 

  This night is a very special night. As momma tucks her Prince Charming in, she proclaims her special treat to Cass.

 

  “If you promise not to say a word, I will show you something I made especially for you.”

 

  Cass nods his confirmation to momma as she kneels while grabbing this hidden treasure from under his bed. She stands and makes a spot next to Cass by wiping a flat area on the blanket with her hand. Carefully, she sits on the bed while clutching her surprise. Cass’ face looks ready to explode under the pressure of patience. But, he remains true to his promise and bites his sucked in lips.

 

  She extends one of her arms, and then drapes it around Cass before pulling him snugly towards her lap. With her other arm, she lowers the surprise from her bosom, and then places it in between them.

 

  Momma whispers, “I know how much you love adventures. So, I decided to make you one of my own.”

 

  Cass marvels at the pastel pallet of colors covering the book.

 

  As he begins to open his mouth, momma raises her “Shh” finger.

 

  She replies, “It’s called ‘The Monkey Puzzle Tree.’ I want this to be a very special gift for a very special little prince.”

 

  Momma explains that the monkey on the cover is named Pepito. The tree behind him is

  filled with impossible obstacles that no monkey has ever been able to overcome. The tree is

  unbelievably huge, and its mysterious branches begin in the misty clouds towering way, way

  above. Glistening spiked thorns cover the base of the tree; which is way to round for any monkey to wrap their small arms around.

 

  She asks Cass, “You do know how much monkey’s love to climb trees?”

 

  Cass looks into momma’s smiling eyes while slowly nodding up, and then down.

 

  “Well then, we’ll have to see if Pepito has a marvelous imagination like you do.”

 

  She turns the cover and begins to read. Each turn of the page brings another astonishing illustration of Pepito’s life, and one more obstacle for him to overcome. Momma slowly speaks her poetic story as Cass’ imagination wanders along with Pepito. Momma reads the last page as she points to the conquering Pepito on top this incredible tree. Cass’ eyes begin growing heavy as they push down on his cheeks' forming a comforting smile.

 

  She softly says, “Pepito looks from north to south as his head spins all around. ‘I can see the Monkey Sea and several other towns.’ He then pulls out his Monkey Scope to see what else he’s found, just to see monkeys climbing trees in every other town. Tears of joy, so filled with pride, as his tiny heart pound, pound; while hearing, ‘Boy, we knew he would,’ and cheering from the ground.”

 

  She stands while quietly closing the book. Momma leans over and kisses her baby before placing her treasure on the nightstand next to him. Finally, she turns off the light while closing the door, leaving just a peek of light.

 

  Through the crack she whispers, “Goodnight my Knight in shining armor, and may God lead, bless, and protect you all the days of your life.”

 

  Most of Cass’ days are spent in momma’s classroom. She decides she is the best teacher

  for her handsome son. She takes him on picnics as they explored the country side. Each day is

  another shared adventure. His momma is more than amazing. She is a brilliant person with the

  knowledge only a well-educated woman would possess.

 

  Cass does not know much about his momma’s past, just that she is here now, and loving him totally and unconditionally.

 

  She teaches him science as they explored the nature of nature. He learns how all living things are born,
live together, work together, reproduce, and then return to the dust. She teaches him geometry and mathematics using things around them. She shows him how to find out how tall a tree is just by using a tree branch the same length of his arm.

 

  “Stand the branch upwards while holding your arm level. Now back away while looking at the top of your branch until it touches the top of the tree.”

 

  Cass does as momma instructs.

 

  As he stops, momma states, “Now draw a line at your toes. If you were to cut down that tree, its top would just miss your toes. That's using what is known as a 45 degree angle. You can also pace off the distance between you and the tree to figure out how tall the tree is.”

 

  She continues teaching him equation; but also practical ways to use this new found knowledge. She also instructs him on foreign exotic languages; such as: French, Latin, Portuguese, and German. Momma becomes his best teacher, because she always knows how to inspire his learning. History, the arts, and literature become his favorite subjects; especially those dealing with romantic adventures. She only tells stories with unforgettable moral endings.

 

  She knows her little man loves her, but she never knew how much. You see, Cass is falling more and more in love with her every day. He has no desire for anything else in this world, except being in the shadow of his sweet momma. That will soon change!

 

  As so often is the case, the joyful simplicity of life is interrupted by the complexity of the

  unexplainable and unimaginable. This is to be the beginning of sorrows for Cass.

 

  Momma develops a cough that soon becomes uncontrollable. For two long days and two sleepless nights, she tries every remedy she can remember, and even new concoctions her scientific mind can create. Nothing helps her in the slightest. She knows she needs special attention, but she seems to dread going into town for help.

 

  Cass has never seen the town, and this seems like an exquisite chance for adventure. Momma feels otherwise. This is why they live on a farm far from town producing everything they both need to live, and then some. Cass will soon find out the reason for her apprehension.

 

  It seems the chill of the morning air is just too much for her. As Cass stands in the doorway, he notices momma is wearing her warm winter coat on such a wonderful warm autumn day. Cass exits the house and waits on the porch while momma grabs her rather large purse.

 

  “You see momma, it’s not cold out.”

 

  Yet, he watches as she still shivers under the monstrosity of fur.

 

  She grabs his hand and hurries off walking towards town. Her other hand is dedicated to

  covering her uncontrollable coughs. Cass knows something is wrong while feeling his mother’s clammy trembling hand. After the second mile across the beautiful countryside, momma stops a moment to rest.

 

  She coughs while asking, “How’s my little man doing?”

 

  He wants to tell her everything is wonderful, but he senses something's just not right. He thinks a moment, but he cannot remember her ever being sick. This begins to worry Cass.

 

  Momma sees the wrinkles of worry forming on his forehead. His puzzled stare and down-turned mouth is something she cannot remember either.

 

  “Don’t worry Cass. We are going to see the doctor. He will give me the right medicine to

  make momma all better.”

 

  These words of encouragement seem to lift his spirit. His face returns to smiling. He finds new strength to help lead his momma along towards the doctor in town.

 

  Cass can feel her strength diminish with each further step she takes. Soon, he finds his ten year old body is pulling her weight. She continues to cough between each gasping breath. She gradually becomes harder and harder to lead along.

 

  Cass sees the town first. His worry turns immediately into great expectation. This is not the adventure he longs for, but for the help awaiting his dear beautiful momma. They turn off the old country path onto the asphalt pavement. Cass has never seen this type of road before. He is about to see many things for the first time.

 

  The nearer to town they get, the more he notices the colorful hanging decorations. These obscure objects draping every street corner soon turn into numerous American flags. Across the entrance of the town is a white cloth banner. Big bold letters state, “Welcome Home Heroes!”

 

  Cass asks momma what this means.

 

  She tries to explain, but she can only say, “The Great War is over.”

 

  Cass did not even know there was such a thing. He sees that momma’s white handkerchief has turned pink and red. Momma continues to cough harder with each passing step.

  They reach the first of many concrete walkways that require they step up. The white paths seem amazing to Cass. Seeing all the tall buildings and glimmering glass of the “display windows” is another. Cass tries to glimpse inside each passing shop window with his eagerness to venture inside. But, he knows the doctor’s office is much more important than his immediate desire.

 

  A crowd of young men stand just ahead. Momma and Cass approach this group of unruly

  teenagers, whom are pushing and shoving each other.

 

  The group is very slow to move aside and allow Momma and Cass to pass. Only one

  young man bothers to bid them “good day.” Momma’s coughing seems to scare them. This

  causes the boys to notice her stained hanky, and her face. As momma and Cass move between them, one of the boy's starts calling momma a “witch.”

 

  “I think she may be the most hideous creature walking the Earth.”

 

  He moves backward hastily, as another thug calls momma an “elephant” before darting off. This is due to her unusually large long nose.

 

  In this moment something beautiful is broken in Cass. It's something that will follow him the rest of his life.

 

  He grows angry and pushes aside the remaining juveniles hindering their progression; even though they are much bigger. Cass has never felt this sensation before. As they pass the gang, he learns how to hate for the very first time. His momma was, is, and will always be the most beautiful creature God ever created. In his heart he knows this. No greater love is there than his.

 

  They notice another crowd about two blocks ahead of their current location.

 

  Momma tells Cass, “That must be where the doctor’s office is.”

 

  She continues to cover her mouth along their brisk walk. They hear a strange term being echoed throughout the crowd as they approach. It seems everyone is upset about something. A particular confusing word is repeated over and over in their strange conversations. It is the word “influenza.”

 

  The crowd hears momma's cough and sees her crimson stained handkerchief. They

  quickly move aside to let her pass. Cass feels the respect this group gives towards this woman

  he knows possesses such dignity and honor.

 

  He urgently pulls his coughing momma inside the front door to find many others in coats

  holding red stained handkerchiefs. There is no place to sit, so momma and Cass stand and wait. It seems like an eternity waiting for the attending receptionist to address them.

 

  Cass feels momma unintentionally stoop several times. Suddenly, her hand loosens from his clutch. He watches her eyes as they begin to close. He knows something bad is happening to momma. Cass looks around to request help, but everyone seems preoccupied with their own coughing an
d stooping. Momma collapses onto the man in front of her. Her unintended intrusion forces the man to automatically step forward, allowing momma to fall the rest of the way down onto the floor.

 

  Cass screams, “Momma!”

 

  Several potential patients wave frantically to the receptionist attempting to alert her to the lady on the floor. Several others yell towards the office for someone to come help her.

 

  Cass tries turning his sweet mother over. The office door suddenly swings open. A large man with a white coat abruptly appears with one other man. A woman with a white dress follows just behind. The large man wearing hoses around his neck helps turn momma over.

 

  He yells out, “Make room for her!”

 

  The other gentleman following him asks, “Doctor, is she alive?”

 

  Cass’ heart drops. He yells, “Momma, momma, wake up!”

 

  The doctor proclaims, “She’s alive son. She’s just very weak.”

 

  He continues to probe her with his tiny flashlight by pointing it into her eyes. He opens her coat, and then presses the end of his long black hose on momma’s chest.

 

  “Yes son, she is alive, but she is very, very tired.”

 

  Cass starts to cry tears of joy and sobs of concern for his dear wonderful momma.

 

  The doctor tells the lady with the white dress to contact the hospital.

 

  He whispers, “See if they have room for one more case.”

 

  Another lady appears. She is pushing a rolling bed through the crowded waiting area towards momma. Both men grab momma, and then place her on it. Cass watches as they extend the bed surprisingly upward. They urgently begin rolling momma through the door they first came out of.

 

  The doctor is the last through the door. He stops the door from completely closing, and then waves towards Cass.

 

  “Come on son, you can come.”

 

  Cass darts towards the bright opening shining through this darkened waiting area. As he enters, he sees more people on expanded beds lining the long white pristine hallway.

 

  The exhausted doctor rubs Cass’ back while telling him, “Son, you wait here with momma until the men from the hospital come for her.”

 

  The doctor’s compassion comforts Cass’ worried pounding heart.

 

  Cass moves close to where momma’s resting head lay. He looks down the bright hall and sees the doctor entering a room at the far end. Cass remains confused to all that is happening, but he is content in knowing momma is being taken care of. He grabs the rails surrounding the bed, and then proceeds to stretch his body upward. He brings his face close to momma’s head, and then learns over to gently move her hair away from her eyes with his small warm hand.

 

  “Momma, oh momma,” he whispers.

 

  Tears slowly drip down on momma’s face. Cass moves closer, and then tenderly kisses

  her forehead. As he pulls slowly away, he notices momma’s eyes open slightly. His beautiful momma strains out her wonderful smile. She tries lifting her arm to touch him, but her strength is

  drained. Cass grabs her hand and presses it to his mouth before kissing it. Tears form in the

  corner of momma’s eyes.

 

  She whispers, “My sweet handsome boy. How I love you.”

 

  Cass whispers, “Momma, please get better.”

 

  Her eyes close as he finishes speaking his request.

 

  Moments later, two men wearing blue jackets appear.

 

  One man asks Cass, “Is this your mother?”

 

  Cass slowly nods his small head up and down.

 

  “We’re here to take her to the hospital. You’ll have to wait here young man.”

 

  Both Cass’ hands immediately clench tight on the top railing.

 

  Cass proclaims, “I’m going too!”

 

  Another man grabs Cass around his body and tries to pry him away. Cass’ elevated flinging body refuses to let go of the gurney.

 

  The first man says, “Let him come along. We need to hurry. Son, you can ride with us in the ambulance.”

 

  Cass finally releases his hands' allowing the men to push momma down the long white hall.

 

  Moments later, they arrive at the “Emergency Room” entrance of the hospital. Cass follows the men wheeling momma quickly inside. His short legs run to stay just behind the fast moving gurney.

 

  “Stay close kid,” one of the men commands.

 

  They cut a path through the packed entrance way filled with many coughing people of all ages. Again, Cass' notices many have the same colored red and pink handkerchief momma has.

 

  A woman with a funny white cap stops the men. She grabs a flat board lying atop

  momma’s coat, and then stares at it. Seconds later, she tells the men to follow her.

 

  As she rushes up the long white hall, she yells, “Doctor, doctor, we have another case!”

 

  The men speed towards the doctor as the lady with the fun cap stops.

 

  She states, “You can’t come son.”

 

  Urgency fills Cass’ face once more.

 

  She asks, “Do you see the ‘Nurse’s Station’?”

 

  She points to an area halfway down the hall.

 

  “There are chairs there. Go sit in one sweetie, and I promise I’ll come get you soon.”

 

  Cass is hesitant, but complies with the lady’s heartfelt request. As he moves towards the waiting area, he sees the lady with the funny white cap disappear back into the chaos and the frenzy near the “Emergency Room” entrance way. Cass doesn’t know, but this will be the last time he will see his dear momma-alive.

 

 

 
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