It is time for another Share an excerpt Tuesday. I hope you enjoy another character for my story, ” Coping.”
Andres age 25
It was another late night for Andres Rojas. He had worked the long shift at the club as the new opening act on Thursday night.
Andres had worked hard at the club as a bartender and as one of the waiters when they were shorthanded.
For now, his only concern was making his big debut on Thursday. However, as he strummed his guitar in the back room old ghosts began taking over his mind.
It was five years earlier. Andres was arguing with a woman.
She stormed off. He ran out to reach to her but it did not seem to matter.
He kept telling her he was sorry but she still left.
In the present Andres kept playing his guitar and then began singing his song.
“Sometimes sorry is not enough, and you must carry the guilt with you every night and no matter how much time has gone by, I wish I could take it back.”
Once Andres got done with his song. He packed his guitar and began walking out the door.
His walk home was not long. He was renting one of the apartments near the club. Besides he knew Alberto his cousin and his brother Tomas would be waiting for him to get some drinks and go and enjoy a night of cards.
He would be the only one not drinking. Besides, it was being a drunk that caused all his problems.
He would be sober a year.
I need to be sure not to mess my break up.
I need to be clear for my big break.
Copyright 2017 Sylvia Stein
Share an excerpt Tuesday Meet Gertie Continued
Coping 2017 Meet Gertie by Sylvia Stein
Hello this is Indie Author Sylvia Stein and for today I am continuing on my post of the Share an excerpt Tuesday and I hope you all have been enjoying my WIP, Coping. Here is the continuation of Meeting Gertie.
While Gertie remained outside the restaurant. She heard a voice hollering at her.
“ Gertie, we have a long shift ahead again today.”
Gertie took a big sigh and came back inside.
Max the cook had called her back inside. He did not want her to get hollered at by Vic their boss.
After all, Max really liked Gertie but he was too shy to let her know.
All he wanted was for her to be happy. She worked so hard and those in the town of Duncan knew all that she earned went towards helping her ailing father.
However, the owner of the restaurant Vic was way harsh with Gertie. He overworked her too much and sometimes Gertie felt like quitting but she knew it would hurt her father.
So, for now, work would have to take over and her dreams of another life would have to wait.
Sadly inside Gertie was holding a secret. She kept to herself.
It was filled with sadness and depression.
Each night that her work ended and she headed to care for her dad.
Gertie would go outside and drink her sorrows away with tequila. It wasn’t every night but when she drank it was excessive.
Alcohol seemed to numb the pain.
She knew it was wrong.
But when she closed her eyes.
Gertie could envision her lying in the middle of a field covered with wild flowers as she walked right through it as she dreamt of the life in college that she never got.
Daddy must come first!
He needs me.
Then she overheard Vic hollering from the back.
” Coming Vic,” she replied.
Not sure how much longer I can do this.
Lord help me find a way.
She dried her tears. Then Gertie took a deep breath and went about her day.
Join us next week for another Share an excerpt Tuesday.
Welcome to my fifth official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. Each month we bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, along with these fabulous co-hosts:Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Damyanti Biswas and myself Sylvia Stein.
For this week’s post, I decided to focus ona family piece. I read this story and also viewed it on Inside Edition. For me, Family is the most important and I am sure it is for many of us. When I read about this story and also saw the video I was moved to tears of joy.
I read about this young boy named Dawson 8 years old who was being adopted by The Brydges of Jacksonville Florida. However, what made it even more special for him was the fact that the Brydges decided to also adopt his older brother Dalton who has cerebral palsy and also suffers from Epilepsy. “I wanted to keep my brother, so what I did was pray and pray for many years,” Dawson told InsideEdition.com, “I was like, ‘I hope that they’re going to adopt Dalton too.’”
This was so important to Dawson. He wanted his brother to be adopted with him. So he waited to see after the Brydges discussed Dalton’s special needs. As Robin Brydges later stated, “ the most important thing for us was to keep the brothers together.
She also added, ““Dalton has made leaps and bounds from when we first got him.” The Brydges also stated how Dawson works so hard in school and is always looking after his brother. Dawson added: “I was so excited they were adopting Dalton and me so that we can stay together., I thought that was pretty awesome.”
As I read this story I thought how amazing it was to have a child like Dawson care so deeply for his brother. So much that he prayed that both of them would get adopted and he did not want to ever be separated from him. This story was such a happy one to read because now both boys are in a loving and happy home thanks to the Brydges and the love of one little boy towards his older brother. In the end love again conquered all.
Here is the next part of my story Coping on This Share an excerpt Tuesday. Now it is time to meet Gertie.
Gertie stood outside of the back door of the restaurant. She held her hands together and closed her eyes in prayer form.
Lord give me strength.
I do not know how much more I can endure.
As tears filled her eyes. She could hear the echoes of all that was wrong in her life.
Gertie recalled her past. She was only 16 years of age when her stepmother had kicked her out.
Her Dad never had a backbone and ever since her mom passed when she was only 8 years of age nothing was ever the same,
Thankfully, Gertie’s father never allowed her stepmother to kick her out but he did ask her to get a job if she wanted to live with them.
This is when Gertie applied at the local diner near her home in San Angelo Texas. She only worked part time but quickly moved up to full time when she graduated from high school.
Gertie had so many dreams about attending a great college. After all her grades were over the top and her counselors encouraged her to take her SAT’s. They also had scholarships available. She was so excited about her prominent future.
Sadly, as Gertie planned her new life away. Her father suffered a stroke. Gertie began feeling guilt.
I can’t just leave my dad. Can I?
Unfortunately, she did not get a chance to make that choice. Once her father fell ill. Her Stepmother got up one day and never came back.
He was devastated.
” I am so alone again!” he cried.
” I am here Dad.”
Gertie held his hand.
” Thank you Gertie, Thank you.”
Gertie thought that eventually she could get back to her own life. After all her dad was doing so much better. However as time went on and years passed. He began needing more care.
This is when Gertie began working many long hours and eventually became the manager of the local diner in San Angelo.
This was not the plan Gertie envisioned for her own life. Howevever she loved her Dad and no matter all the pain he had placed upon her she knew family had to come first.
Dad needs me.
Meanwhile in her own personal life Gertie had met someone. At first he seemed kind and generous but over time he grew to be overly possessive and jealous. All he did was verbally abuse her each time.
All of this torment began taking a toll on her. It was not enough she was caring for her ailing father but now the person she thought would love her was only hurting her.
One day Gertie decided enough was enough. She began applying at other local diners.
She had saved enough money to have a nurse come in to help with her dad and he also began receiving some of his medical benefits from his own job.
In the present moment tears began rolling down her face.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Gertie. Until next time join us for another WIP of Coping on Share an excerpt Tuesday.
Coping by Sylvia Stein 2017.
Welcome to my fourth official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. Each month I bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, along with these fabulous co-hosts:I hope everyone is doing well and having a fantastic June. Our next #WATWB post is just around the corner and I thought I would get a head start. On this week’s post our hosts are:
Lynn Hallbrooks, Michelle Wallace,
myself Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen
For this week’s post on We Are the World Blog Fest I have one that is emotional but beautiful. I will begin with an excerpt from it.
“It had been five months since Bill Conner suddenly lost his 20-year-old daughter, Abbey, and he felt like he had to do something to honor her short life.So, on May 22, a day after his son, Austin, graduated from college, Conner hopped on a bike and began riding across the country.”
Then Mr. Conner decided that the best way to honor his beloved daughter Abby was by traveling 2,600 Miles – from his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, To Fort Lauderdale, Florida- to visit Broward Health Medical center which was the hospital that recovered Abbey’s organs for donation back in January 2017.
You see Abby Conner had registered as an organ donor since she was 16 years of age.
“She registered. It’s something that she knew a long time ago. Unfortunately, it came to fruition, but that’s Abbey,” Conner said. “If you had her as a friend she always had your back, and for her to be helping people in need — that fits who she is.”
However, as the Conner’s were dealing with the loss of their beloved daughter another family was dealing with their own heartbreak. Their own 21 year old son in another state by the name of Loumonth Jack Jr. had suffered a heart attack and was told his days were numbered.
It would take a miracle to save him. Abbey donated 4 organs to four men among them Loumonth Jack Jr.
As a way to honor his daughter Abbey, Bill Conner, the Florida donation board he would be riding on her behalf and was given the contact info for each of them.
“The only person who has responded at this point is Jack Jr., the heart recipient,” Conner said.
He also added upon meeting Jack. ” He’s a really humble kid, respectful and he has an old soul.”
” After sharing a minute-long hug, Jack pulled out a stethoscope so Conner could hear his daughter’s heartbeat for the first time since she died in January. Listening carefully, surrounded by Jack’s friends and family, Conner heard the thumping. Both men began to tear up.”
In conclusion, I wanted to add this story touched me because Bill Conner was able to take a tragic event from the loss of his daughter and turning it into a place of healing knowing that she saved others by being a donor and him being able to hear her beating heart on Father’s day and he was able to pay tribute to her in the same way.
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