Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Last Thought of You

This short was written the night after 9/11 in reflection of thoughts on my wife and our life together.

A Last Thought of You

Today, like so many other days before, started too quickly. Our time spent talking was too short. A coffee in hand I rushed out the door to work leaving you behind leaning on the small table at which we shared meals and laughter. The sound of your voice trailed behind me as the door closed and I ran for the bus.

The rush of the city overwhelmed me as always and my thoughts went to the day ahead. Then, I was there, standing before those two great monoliths. This was where I spent the best part of my days and many nights.

Stark, emotionless expanse of marble and steel stretched above me. I could not see the top so far aloof. Pushing my way through the throng of people to step through the doors, today was as many others before it.

An elevator whisked me to my destination, high up in the bowels of these symbols of prosperity and financial power.

With quiet precision the door slid open and along with many of my fellow workers I stepped out into the reality called, "the business world". Turning to go to the place that would be my center of the universe for the next hours, I looked out from my high tower into the expanse of the city that never sleeps.

Through a window was where I saw it. A shadow as a bird might cast on the ground before striking. Above that shadow a silvery visage reflected the morning sun. It did not belong there in that part of the sky. Realization of it’s presence there removed all other thoughts from me.

The cacophony of engines and rushing air filled my ears. Then, a blinding flash, and in that instant I remembered how you looked this morning. How much I love you.

The memory, like the reality, was too short and my day ended, with one last thought of you.

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My childhood was spent growing up on a farm in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania. In those years I learned the lessons that would mold my character and moral center. In my teens I moved to a small city in southeastern PA. Like many teens I had my rebellion and found the futility of it. During my late teens I moved to central PA and in high school lost my heart to the girl who is now my wife. Presently I'm well into midlife and slowing rapidly. The things I used to do, I can't even remember. Married for 37 years, we have a son, a daughter and five grandchildren. My son has two boys, my daughter three girls, I love irony! I'm self-employed for most of 25 years in construction. Doing a project for a customer and getting their approval is wonderful and inspiring. I started writing when my children were younger. I did some stories for them and over time it became more of an interest. I now have four completed novels and several shorts and am working towards getting one or more published. One short has been published.

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