This was a story I wrote for Thursday 360 that I haven’t posted yet and it just happened to start with the letter B!!! 🙂
So here it is.
I hated being old. Every bone in my old body protested. Literally. I was your normal guy. I liked the newspaper, had severe arthritis, and had a daughter that lived an hour away. I hated having to depend on her.
Like I said. I hated being old.
Until I met Bobby.
I met him one night, shoveling out my driveway.
“Yes sir?” He didn’t stop shoveling.
“I’m trying not to go home.”
I called him in, cuz my bones were starting to hurt.
“Why wouldn’t you want to go home?”
“Dad’s gonna be drunk so if I’m late because I was working, maybe he won’t be so mad at me.”
“I’ll tell you what, let’s eat some supper and then it’ll take you longer.”
He smiled and I served diner.
After that, every Friday night, he was at my house. I’d give him a job or two to do and we’d eat supper and talk late into the night.
One day, in the newspaper, I read about a teenager who started on drugs to escape from his drunken father and was killed when he robbed a store to get money for his addictions.
And I started wondering. Would that be Bobby if he wasn’t over here? Would Bobby be laying in casket because I wasn’t old and didn’t have time to hang out with him? Would Bobby be doing something worse?
Suddenly, being old didn’t sound so bad. I had a time to be young, but there is a time to be old too. Not to work and have time for other things that come up.
The phone rang. “Can I come over??”
“You don’t even have to ask, Bobby.” I answered.
“I’ll be over in five minutes.” Bobby clunked the phone down and I smiled.
It’s not that bad to be old.
Whitney’s thoughts on my story:
Being Old by Daleen: An elderly man struggles with being old. However, he bonds with a young boy from a troubled home and finds that, with age, comes blessings he didn’t know before. He discovers that he can make a difference, not only despite his age, but because of it, and that it’s really not so bad being old. There’s a really great message here. Thanks for sharing, Daleen.
This week, Whitney offered two awards, Grand Champion and Best Characterization.
Charles Short‘s story, Grandpa’s Trip to MacDonalds, won Grand Champion!! Congratulations, Charles!!!
My story won Best Characterization. 🙂