Author: BrianRouley

Neophyte

Funny how “neophyte” might have a positive connotation for someone who is willing to begin again, begin anew. Imagine a young sapling uprooted by floodwaters, carried downstream, and deposited in the silt, finding...

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Take My Hat

The three of us have something to say.
Me, as a boy: “Here, take my hat.”
Me, as an adult: “That’s awfully nice of you. Thank you for the hat.”

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Lost on the Rails

She probably also said something like, “You don’t have to be the dog or pony, when you are the ringmaster.” Or maybe I made that one up.

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The Gold star conundrum

Perhaps you remember this. When in kindergarten some teachers rewarded children for good behavior by putting stars next to a child’s name on a chart. My response to that was that I felt separated from my peers. And so...

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Things Not Said

I realized I had never told him how important he and his friendship were to me. That made me angry with myself. Angry tears I’ve known. Impermanence I know.

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