Pardon Me

I waited on the corner of my beloved’s favorite street, hoping he would soon pass by. The stream of cars rushed by me, some slowing to look at me, my clothes drenched from the splattering rain. I wished I’d brought my umbrella.  I would’ve looked them in the eyes boldly, but instead, I kept my head low.  I must have looked awful, even though only 15 minutes had passed.  The street lights changed from red to green. I was relieved when they turned green.  People walked by me and saw nothing unusual, from what I could tell.  A couple stopped nearby to argue over whether they should hail a cab or take the subway.  She was stunning with her long black hair tucked loosely under her cashmere hat. Her serious brown eyes were only a few feet away from me, but she barely saw me there. She was so involved in her cause.  He was tall, but I couldn’t see his face.  His long trenchcoat waved in the rain-whipped wind. It made him look mysterious and intriguing.  He held a large black umbrella over her head.  A yellow cab pulled up to the curb and she dove in it like a mad dog.  She was quick and quite clever. He closed the umbrella with some reluctance and slowly joined her in the cab.  The cabbie pulled into traffic and they blended in to the rest of the city.  

The cold air began to bite at my fingers and I drew them tightly into little fists and tucked them into my coat pockets, trying to act nonchalant.  I felt more exposed now.

There he is! My heart began to pick up speed! I stood straighter and felt my confidence grow with each second.  He exited the building and walked to the corner.  His walk was purposeful, each step a deliberation of knowledge. He pulled his collar up around his neck and dug his face into his coat.  He didn’t have an umbrella either.

He crossed over to my side of the street.  I was fully aware of my staring, but I didn’t care. He came towards me.  I deliberately stepped in front of him.

“Pardon me,” he said, as he stepped around me.

I had his voice! It was all I needed. I could go home now.

Inspired by a book I found in the Bargain section of Barnes & Noble.

The book is titled, “Creative Writer’s Notebook: 20 Great Authors & 70 Writing Exercises.” The author of the book is John Gillard. I bought this book for only $8.98.

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The story you just read is based on an exercise from the book.  I wrote Pardon Me as part of an interior monologue, an exercise in the book. If you need a little jolt to get those creative juices flowing, I highly recommend this book.

I’ll be back. Stay tuned.

Merry Christmas

On Dreams

IMG_4799Do you have dreams?  Is there something in you that is begging to be released?  Have you ever wanted something so much that you could not stop thinking about it? Then, this is a good time to dream! Why? Because you are still here. You are still alive. Never give up on your dreams!
Every day that I am alive, I am fully capable of achieving my dreams and I intend to reach the goal!

When I was a teenager, I wanted a driver’s license. No one in my family had a driver’s license. Who needed a driver’s license if you lived in New York City? With public transportation, via bus, train, or ferry, the whole city was at your disposal. If you wanted to leave the city, you could buy a bus, train, or plane ticket and still get to your destination without all the hassle of driving a car. Many New Yorkers are content with public transportation and that is just fine.
Not me! I needed a driver’s license!  I wanted a car! I wanted to go places that weren’t on the bus or train agenda. I didn’t want the conductor or bus driver in charge of my destiny. I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny. I wanted to stop by the river that passed me by when I was on the bus or train. I wanted to take pictures! I wanted to visit places I could only see briefly on public transportation, because I was on someone else’s schedule.  A picnic in the woods or by a lake was one of the things on MY agenda. I wanted to travel the country and then the world! There was even a time in my childhood when I wanted to travel the universe! I had BIG dreams!
I finally got my driver’s license and it changed my world. I was now in control of my own destiny. I was very excited! Where should I go first? What kind of place did I want to visit? When did I want to visit? The Who, What, Where, When, and Why was all in my hands, now that I had a driver’s license.
I had accomplished my first dream.
I have been to many places within the continental United States. I have enjoyed every place for its unique taste and culture. I have been surprised and appalled at some of those places, but I have been there, nonetheless. Some of those places go into my data library for use in my stories. They are worthy of mention.

Daretodreamwaltdisney My second dream was to get a college degree. I had to put that dream on hold for a long time. I finally achieved an Associate’s Degree while I was raising four children. I even graduated Summa Cum Laude! It was a good time to dream! I set an example for my children, that no matter how busy life can get, you can still accomplish your goals if you will only dare to dream!
I’m not finished dreaming about my college education, though. I want a Ph.D. in Ancient Literature. I will get there!

My third dream is to become a published author. I am working on that dream now.

I often wonder what other people are dreaming about and how they managed to achieve their personal goals. So, do you dare to dream?  What are some of your dreams?  Have you accomplished something that you would like to share?  Share your dreams with me!  I would love to hear how you accomplished your goals.

Until we meet again, keep on dreaming.  May all your dreams come true!