Tiny Stories: When It All Boils Down

Popular belief has it that the universe is comprised of atoms. In reality, the universe is actually made up of…

None of the relationships in Dana’s life, from adolescent crushes to teen dating to twenty-something romances, ever made sense. Despite the numerous times she tried to find the one who would supposedly complete her, she could never fill the hole in her life where loneliness existed.

Fed up and tired of suffering, she finally reached the point where she was prepared to give up on everything because an existence being ignored, overlooked, and invisible to love was a fate worse than death.

And as she was about to complete the act that would end all of her suffering, her phone rang. It was her father, calling out of the blue, and though she couldn’t bring herself to tell him what she was about to do, he somehow sensed something was amiss.

“Things aren’t always as difficult as they seem,” her father said. “Which is hard to see when you’re smack dab in the middle of a situation. It’s like that saying goes, you can’t see the forest for the trees. But here’s a simple truth that took me years to realize, despite intellect and education, breeding and sophistication, race, color, religious creed or gender identity, when it all boils down, people are nothing more than children wrapped in grown-up complications. True love and happiness happens when the child in you finds the child in someone else to play with.”

And somehow that simple revelation made life a little easier for Dana to bear.

8 responses to “Tiny Stories: When It All Boils Down

  1. I don’t comment much because I never know what to say but this piece really spoke to me. Even though these stories are very short, I can tell how hard you’ve worked to be concise and sometimes the lessons or afterthoughts I get are more powerful than from some full length novels. You’re a great writer, and the internet is better for it.

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  2. Where was her father all these years?
    Couldn’t he have said something before?
    Imagine if he hadn’t called when he did.
    Dana may have been on her way to…

    Yep! Finding that inner child is the difficult part.
    I think children have it even tougher than adults these days.
    Childhood seems like a mere illusion.
    The difficulties begin from day one.
    Great pic and words. 🙂

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    • Sometimes it’s far better to say the right thing at the right time, for what good is delivering praise or an affirmation or a pep talk if the recipient isn’t open to it? Some people just aren’t very good at communicating their feelings and needs, as I’m sure you’re well aware. Dad came through during her hour of need, whether he was aware of it or not, and that’s the important thing.

      And far more difficult than finding your inner child is finding another inner child to play with you. No one wants to play anymore, and that’s the real pity here. We don’t play enough.

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