They sat in companionable silence for a while, letting their minds drift.
Finally, Sadie reached out and took her friend’s hands in her own.
“Beulah, my dear, I just wanted to say that you have become my dearest friend in these last few months, and I’m so grateful for you.” She swallowed hard; somehow she hadn’t imagined this as being a difficult monologue. “Will you please remember that?”
Beulah’s eyes were wide with surprise.
“Sadie Sparrow, are you trying to tell me something? Are you going on ahead?”
“I think so,” Sadie said, smiling tenderly at her friend. “I think it will be soon. I feel it in my bones, as my mother used to say.”
Beulah squeezed her hands. “Well, that’s just fine, Sadie. I will miss you, but it will only be for a little while.”
“That’s right, Beulah. Just a short time, in light of eternity.”
They smiled at each other, not attempting to hide the tears in their eyes.
“Sadie,” Beulah said finally, “once you’ve had a chance to see Ed and your folks and everyone, would you do me a favor? Find my Norbert, and tell him that I’ll be with him just as soon as I can. And tell him that Bunny’s wonderful. Will you do that for me?”
--From The Song of Sadie Sparrow, pages 167-168