Calm and quiet, he listened. Made me believe I had something important to say, even as a child.
His hand warm on mine, he gave me a book. “Read this. Tell me what you think.”
I have yet to read it, and now it’s too late. My father is dead.
Madelaine Wong teaches creative writing at The Alexandra Writers Centre in Calgary, Alberta. She won Freefall Magazine’s Chapbook contest in 2010. She has stories published in Dark Gothic Resurrected, Mused, Toska Magazine and in Shy, an Anthology. She is also the co-author of Cradling the Past, a Biography of Margaret Shaw.
See more at madelainewong.com.
So much I still want to do. So much I did do.
College degree after degree, certificate after certificate. They all line my walls.
I have retired three times. I have lived in five countries.
Yet I need more classes, more knowledge, and now I am running out of time.
Tabitha Yothers lived in Japan as a child, and as a foreign service retiree was formerly stationed overseas in Paris, Athens, Jiddah, and Danang. She is now living in Northern Virginia and writing about various subjects.
Silence, wrinkled brows, vacant stares. It all seems so simple. Why can’t they see it?
But wait! A spark, a fragile flicker of hope in the sea of despair.
A word murmured, a spark of comprehension, and the self-doubt is swept away.
Why would I want any other job?
Let’s say a wannabe teacher had to write a 50-word (referenced) teaching philosophy. Let’s say a wannabe teacher Googled “50 Word Stories” and was surprised by what he found. Let’s say a wannabe teacher accepted the challenge that had been inadvertently thrown down. Let’s say a wannabe teacher was a boy named Allen Snelling, a uni student usually on the wrong side of most things , including years.
When I was three, I learned how to read.
Today, I learned that, even during something as joyous as a graduation, your mother will still cry.
I have never had a day in my 21 years when I didn’t feel compelled to learn something new. I hope that day never comes.
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