ANTHOLOGY OF SUDDEN INSPIRATIONS
The most coveted moments in life are epiphanies from the very little things we have done and the most consuming regrets are born by those insignificant things we didn’t do or overlooked. Dare to be you and find a refined purpose as you read through this random collection of short stories.
Late in the evening I was walking to my house. Suddenly I heard scream coming from behind bushes. I stopped to listen and understood that a woman was being attacked; I heard sounds of fighting and muttering. For several moments I was hesitating, should I get involved?
I panicked; I was frightened for my own safety. Maybe it is better to call the police? Then I realized that the woman’s voice was becoming weaker, so I knew I had to act quickly. Can I run away from this? Finally I decided that I have to help this unknown woman even if I am risking my own life. I felt some strange transformation inside, the moral and physical strength, so I ran behind the bushes. I pulled the attacker off the girl, we fell to the ground and grappled for several minutes. Then the assailant jumped up and ran away.
Breathing hard I slowly came up to the girl, who was cowering behind a tree. It was dark, so I could not see her face clearly. I felt, that she is very frightened, so I talked to her from a distance: “You are safe now, it’s ok, the man had run away” after a few moments I heard her words with a great amazement in her voice “Dad, is that you?” And then I realized that the girl was my youngest daughter.
A husband and wife have lived together for 30 years. On the 30th anniversary of their marriage the wife, as usual, has baked the bun – she baked it every morning, it was a tradition. During the breakfast she cut it across, buttered both sides, and, as usual, gave the top to the husband, but her hand stopped halfway…
She thought: “On the day of our 30th anniversary I want to eat this rosy part of the bun; I was dreaming about this for 30 years. Finally, I was an exemplary wife for 30 years and I raised fine sons for him, I was accurate and good mistress ran the household; put so much efforts and health for the well-being of our family.”
After such decision, she gave the bottom of the bun to the husband, but her hands trembled – breaking the 30-year-old tradition! Her husband took the bun and said to her: – What a wonderful gift you gave me today, my dear! 30 years I did not eat my favorite-bottom-part of the bun, because I thought that it rightfully belongs to you.
A man was driving his car, when he saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road. He saw that she needed help. So he stopped his Pontiac near her Mercedes and got out.
He smiled, while he was approaching her, still she was worried, as nobody had stopped for hours. Moreover, he did not look safe, as his appearance was so poor and shabby. He could see how frightened she was, so he tried to calm her: “I’m here to help you, don’t worry. My name is Thomas Amadi,” he said to her.
The tire was flat, so he had to crawl under the car. While changing the tire, he got dirty and his hands were hurt too.
When the job was done, she asked how much she owed him for his help. Thomas Amadi smiled and said: “If you really want to pay me back, the next time you see someone who needs help, give that person the needed assistance. And think of me”.
That same evening, the lady stopped by a small café, that place looked dingy. Then she saw a waitress, nearly eight months pregnant, wiping her wet hand with a towel. The waitress had a sweet friendly smile, even though she had been on her feet the whole day.
The lady wondered how someone, who has so heavily exhausted can be so kind and giving to a strange, then she remembered Thomas Amadi.
The lady finished her meal and paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress went to get change and when she came back, the lady was gone but left a note on the napkin which read: “You don’t own me anything. Somebody once helped me, just like now I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, do not let this chain of love end with you”. The waitress found four more one hundred bills under the napkin.
That night the pregnant waitress came home earlier. She was thinking about the lady and the money she left. She was wondering, how the lady could know how desperately she and her husband needed it? Especially now, when the baby will soon arrive. She knew, that her husband very worried about that too, so she was glad to tell him the good news. Then she kissed him and whispered “Now everything will be all right. I love you, Thomas Amadi.”
There was a blind girl. She had a loving boyfriend, who was always there for her. The girl hated herself and everyone around, just because she was blind. Her boyfriend asked her to marry him. But she said: “If I could only see the world, I would marry you.”
One day someone donated a pair of eyes to this girl and after an operation she could see everything. But when her loving boyfriend came to her and asked: “Will you marry me now?” she just looked at him with disdain, as she could see now that he was blind too. Thus she refused to marry him. He walked away full of sadness and later wrote a short letter of few words to her: “Just take care of my eyes darling.”
Joseph was a driver who he spends so much time at his work, that he could hardly have a meal together with his wife and three children. In the evenings he attended classes, seeking to get knowledge, that one day would help him to find a better paying job.
Joseph’s family often complained that he is not spending enough time with them, but his only answer was “I am doing all this for you, I work hard to provide my family with the best that I can.”
Soon after George had passed his exams, he received a good job offer with a salary which was significantly higher that he had before. So now George could provide his family with more expensive clothes, some luxury items or vacations in foreign countries. It was like a dream come true, but the family still did not get enough attention from John, as he continued to work very hard and often he did not get to see his family for most of the week.
Time passed and John’s hard work paid off, he was promoted. He decided to relieve his wife from domestic works, so he hired a maid. He also decided that their flat is not big enough for the family and they need a more spacious one. Thus he needed to work even harder and, moreover, he continued his studies, so that he would be promoted again. John worked very hard, that sometimes he even had to spend his Sundays with his clients instead of his wife and children. And again, whenever family asked for his time and complained that they do not spend enough time together, he answered, that he was doing all this only for them.
Sometime later George was promoted, so he could buy a spacious house with a beautiful view. On the first Sunday evening at their new home, George told his wife and kids, that now he decided not to take any studies and work not so hard, so that he could spend more time with his beloved family. The very next morning George did not wake up.
Compiled by Tamuntonye P. Daniel