“There is what you keep for yourself, out of necessity or vanity, and there is what you give to others. The difference can be a vast gulf or a tiny stream. It is all up to you.”

“Am I the one you should turn to when your day has imploded? Are you the person who has an open heart and a sturdy shoulder?”

“These are things friends know, without a doubt. But you and I are not friends. We are pitted against one another- by bosses, by societal constructs, and endless wars.”

“I possess good qualities, I think. Somewhere underneath the insecurities and grief. My mother used to whisper to me, right on the edge of sleep, “You’re the best kid I could ever imagine.” But how do I reach you when I don’t completely understand myself?”

“You could be the one that I need, if that doesn’t sound too desperate. Because I haven’t been able to do it alone. It’s not like I’ve truly pushed myself. I am complacent, lazy even, and I don’t take care of myself like I should. Maybe you can stay and talk for a while, after you fix the dryer?”

© 2021 Jeff E. Brown. All rights reserved.

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