Growing Pains- At a Crossroads

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A heart to heart between a parent and a child just beginning to grow up.

 

I pulled the blanket up around the child tucking him in safe and sound; as I pulled a chair near the bed I asked,

“What do you want to read tonight?”

The child looked me with his deep brown thoughtful eyes and then asked

“Why do you always read me stories about magic when it’s not real.”

I paused for a second looking at the child thinking of all the things he could not yet understand, the difficulty in life that lay ahead but also all the joys, a family, school, friends, the magic of everyday life. But there is a different kind, the kind you can only get from a well written book or a Disney movie as a child; the kind that can be taken away so quickly and leave you feeling so empty if you don’t hold onto it tight in your heart from the time you’re a child. Our lives are but spilled ink on the paper of life and we have to make of them what we can with the time we are given,

 “Magic does exist, it exists in everything you do; if you love it, it becomes your own personal magic in life. I was always told by my parents to dream big, that anything could happen but the things I loved they didn’t understand, because of that I was told it was wrong, that I should do something else, something practical. There are things people will tell you can only be felt at a young age, you can’t understand what I mean yet but as you grow you will. Hold onto what you feel now because it will change your life forever. But it is important for you to remember that real magic comes from within you and for you to know that I will never tell you that your dreams are impossible.”

I looked down at the child curled up in the blankets; he handed me a copy of J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan and said,

“ Read this to me tonight; growing up sounds difficult I want to stay a kid like Peter forever!”

I chuckled and opened the cover,

“But what if you meet your Wendy and fall in love?”

“Then she’ll be a kid with me to!”

“I hope so, I hope so!”

Then I began reading chapter one aloud,

All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up…”

 

 


Submitted: June 05, 2012

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landini77

Very good Ian!

Tue, June 5th, 2012 10:33pm

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Thank you :)

Tue, June 5th, 2012 5:16pm

AvyRayne

Super cute! Well written! :) XOXO

Thu, June 7th, 2012 4:04am

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Thank you very much :)

Wed, June 6th, 2012 9:25pm

Antoine Watson I

This was very touching. You never truley charish how care free childhood is until you grow up. Also I do believe "magic" can happen if you dream big and work hard at what you have a passion for. I really enjoyed this short story

Fri, June 8th, 2012 3:36pm

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Thanks alot :)

Fri, June 8th, 2012 7:21pm

desjane1

ahh, this reminded me of me... but i grew up at the age of 7.. I'm treated like an adult, supposed to act like an adult, and i'm 16..has been like this for errmm 9 years. BUT! It also reminded me of a time I was babysitting my nephew, and he and I had this conversation.

Conclusion, this was well written (:

Sun, June 10th, 2012 8:47pm

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Thank you :)

Sun, June 10th, 2012 6:57pm

Vinod Kumar

Hi, please provide some expert views on my short story, I am a new writter and need some reviews
http://www.booksie.com/mystery_and_crime/short_story/vinod_kumar/tony

Thu, September 6th, 2012 8:11am

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