The first saint was there when she was born on a mild sunny afternoon.
The second saint loomed under a tree when she fell off her tricycle.
As she entered her teens, the third saint sabotaged her first date, thus losing her only chance at everlasting happiness.
The fourth saint smoked heavily and told her weird stories.
The fifth, sixth, and seventh saints guided her haphazardly through her twenties.
She listened to the eighth saint patiently as he worked through his issues.
The ninth saint chatted with her baby’s first saint in the delivery room.
The tenth saint was… best forgotten.
And during her final breath, the eleventh saint was ready.
Story title from Jason Webley’s and Jay Thompson’s collaborative album Eleven Saints, 2006
Tales From the Tomato Patch #6: Eleven Saints by Christian Berntsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.