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Back to the hospital
The few moments of lightheartedness ended abruptly as they walked into the hospital and approached the information desk. A thin woman with a long, bony face looked up from behind the counter. “Yes, may I help you?”
“Uh, yeah. We’re looking for my father’s leg.”
The woman’s body froze and her eyes bulged out from behind her glasses. “Excuse me?” she asked.
Teddy started to wipe away some unexpected tears, and Scratch quickly intervened.
“I’m sorry, ma’am. His father died here the other night. Okay? He had an artificial leg and we think it was left here by mistake. We just want to get it so we can bring it to the funeral home.”
The lady breathed deeply and stared at the two young men as she processed what she had just heard. Then she replied, “Oh, I’m so sorry. Please, tell me the patient’s name.”
Scratch answered, “Velemer Peach.”
“I beg your pardon.”
Scratch sighed, “Velemer. V-e-l-e-m-e-r. Peach. P-e-a-c-h. Okay?”
“Thank you.” She picked up the phone and dialed a few numbers. “Yes, this is the information desk. There is a Mr. Peach here and he is trying to locate an artificial leg that seems to have been misplaced.” There was a pause. “Yes, that’s what I said. A leg. Could you come down here right away?” After another brief pause before she said, “Yes sir, I’ll tell him.” She looked at Teddy and said, “Someone will be right over to see you.”
While they were waiting, Scratch said, “Hey, Teddy, do you think Pops is having fun with this leg thing?”
Teddy looked at him and slowly smiled. “Um, yeah, probably. No, definitely.”
Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad’s funeral.
They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of “grown-up world.” A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.