This is my "editor's pick" (my personal favorite) for our first edition of Edify Fiction. As I told Monet when I read it, this story evokes that same strangely wistful feeling that Dan Fogelberg's 'Same Old Lang Syne' does. Can't go back..and as nice as it would be to have do overs, would you even want to, really?
Beautifully written, Monet Lessner. So much changes, evolves, dies, grows and is rekindled throughout a lifetime. Complexity lies beneath the surface of our basic human encounters, and hope in the journey can change everything. Great job!
Beautifully written, sad and so real. I would like to read more.
Fantastic! Lessner wrote, "...I burst out laughing." Well, so did I as I read along! I was taken inside the world of the story, and the words stick with me - I passed some old apartments today and wondered who else got there start in apartments as the lady did in the story. I can not wait to read more from Monet L.!
So beautiful. So human. Loved it!
Having been a single mother of small children, I can relate to this woman’s feelings of malaise. This story is so real, filled with not only pain but hope. I especially liked these lines - “Too much hadn’t gone the way I hoped and I missed my children like a vital organ of my being - but what else was there to do besides keeping going? And why keep going in misery?” Feelings I have felt but struggled to put into words. I would love to read a sequel!
Nicely done! You have a marvelous gift in your ability to use words to touch others. Keep writing. I love this line, "Time etched itself into the surface; alternating injustice and mercy." It is sadly beautiful.
Great short story, and beautifully written. The author captures the awkwardness and mixed emotions of middle age very well. This writer has a wonderful talent and I look forward to reading more.
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