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Love & Death…

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“Brothers and Sisters, Deacon Rudolph paid rent on earth to secure his room in heaven. We should be rejoicing with the angels! Hallelujah!”

Pastor Allen really knew how to send a soul home. It didn’t matter if it belonged to a devoted Christian or a Saturday night sinner. In the deacon’s case everyone knew the soul was both. Even still, the Pastor’s eulogy had Sister Maylene doing the roach-stomp, mosquito-swat, can’t hold my mule shout for nearly twenty minutes. Ebenezer Baptist didn’t have enough fans or ushers to console her. The pastor hooped and Maylene hollered. Mourner’s tears rolled down her cheeks and her funeral hat wouldn’t stay on. She pranced down the aisle like she was letting Deacon know she had nothing to do with that god awful purple suit he was wearing. Thank goodness she didn’t get inside the casket.

“Lord, what I’m gon’ do”, were the only words Maylene said under her breath.

Everything else was loud, so loud that Sister Henrietta kept cutting her eyes at her. But Henrietta’s red hot stares did little to deter Maylene from feeling the spirit. Before Maylene could pass out from exhaustion, Henrietta motioned to Pastor Rudolph that she was ready.

“Now, we’ll have a moment of reflection from our dear Sister Henrietta. Church, this woman has the strength of David. Let’s praise Jesus as she comes.”

Sister Henrietta was a dignified Christian and the congregation adored her. She was the church’s ultimate Mother, even above First Lady Rudolph, so when she walked towards Maylene and gave her a long embrace nobody was surprised.

Everyone strained to hear Henrietta’s comforting words to Maylene.

“We shared him in life but he’s mine in death. Sit your tail down while I speak about my husband.”

Maylene was noticeably absent at the burial.

  1. September 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Wow ChUC that was an awesome read! Maylene is lucky Henrietta didn’t “embrace” her to death..lol

    • September 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      You made me holla out loud! lol! You are so right!! I know she probably gave Maylene that “old lady pinch” too. 🙂

  2. September 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Uh-oh. Maylene was actin up and bout to get beat up if she didn’t shut up at the mans funeral. Henrietta should’ve gave her atleast a pinch on the forearm or a Tyson bite on the earlobe.

    • September 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Adding a “knock over the casket” fight probably would have been doing too much huh?? lol!!!

  3. James D. Bell
    September 6, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    WOW this is wonderful you are good I enjoyed it I see maylene did’tgo to the burial, she little since

    • September 6, 2011 at 1:46 PM

      Thanks for reading James! I think Maylene did the right thing by not going to the burial 🙂

  4. sando
    September 6, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Well done ChUC! I felt like I was seated just a few rows away from Maylene’s performance. It seems like Deacon Rudolph had the best of both worlds lol!

    • September 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      Maylene was cutting up pretty good! 🙂 He tried to have it but Sister Henrietta hung in there with him until the end.

  5. September 6, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Damn!!! (sorry for the language use) That caught me off gaurd! No other word can express my look as I completed this! Have mercy! Hee Hee!

    • September 6, 2011 at 10:51 PM

      haha! Crazy! I’m sure some people thought Maylene was the wife or something 🙂

  6. Jibri Donaldson
    September 6, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    chUC youre amazing

    • September 6, 2011 at 10:50 PM

      Thanks! And thanks for reading too! I will have to write something one day so Maylene can get her say in all this 🙂

  7. RockOn
    September 7, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Wow! That’s how they doin’ it at Ebenezer! LOL. 🙂

  8. SnugglesTU
    September 7, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    AWESOME!!! That is the icing on my “Day Cake” 🙂

  9. September 7, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    WOW! love this….I think I was at this funeral! kmsl @ roach stomp! great ending!!

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      I don’t think anybody got “saved” at this funeral except Maylene. She was saved from a beat down! lol! Thanks for reading!

  10. Morgan
    September 9, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    I hear ya Sister Henrietta!!! Lol

  11. Tammy H.
    September 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Too funny! It was like I was there, though! I did think that Maylene was the wife! Wow! Another great one! Keep doing what you love! Love, Big T

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