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In The Shadows

He see shades of the little girl he once knew, as the confident woman takes the podium to make her inaugural speech. Who knew then that the little girl would someday grow up to be a Governor? He watches the woman closely, hardly taking in her words, his mind wandering. He could have be in the front row watching her.  He could have had the pleasure of giving her a hug when she finished her speech. He could have had the pride of looking around the audience and saying, “That’s my little girl all grown up.”  Instead,  he stands  right at the back of the hall. She wouldn’t want him here.

He knows he lost it all when he put the bottle before his wife and little girl.   He couldn’t face his little girl in the morning, after a night of drunkenness. He had to leave.  After years of misery and self-loathing, he found his redemption. He got sober and started working again. He called home but his wife didn’t want to speak to him. He buried himself in his work and started investing his money well. Soon, he had money to send to his wife. Every month he sent her a cheque marked “For Kathy’s Education Fund.” She never acknowledged them, but he knew they were being cashed.

Years later, he tried calling home and a young woman took the phone.

“Kathy? It’s your Dad,” he said.

“My father’s been dead for many years, Mister,” she responded.

He knew then that he would never meet her again.

But today he smiles, watching in the shadows, knowing that he had contributed in some small measure to her success. “That’s my little girl,” he says to himself.


(This is in response to the BlogFEST 2012 prompt ‘Shadows’ by Leigh Young of ‘Views of An Optimist‘. Also responding to the picture prompt from GBE2)




  1. Roshni Roshni October 16, 2012

    Love it! Too bad, he didn’t get his second chance!

  2. Jenn Jenn October 16, 2012

    Wow– excellent post. All our actions now-have consequences later–sometimes good–sometimes bad.

    Cheers, Jenn.

  3. latha latha October 16, 2012

    Very much happens in real life many times. But the pain those people leave, will never want to love them anymore. beautiful Corinne.

  4. B k Chowla B k Chowla October 15, 2012

    There always must be a second chance in life

  5. G Angela G Angela October 15, 2012

    Very touching, I was moved and disturbed too ! Beautiful expression, just loved it !

  6. Bindu Bindu October 15, 2012

    Loved the story and feels nice to see the light in front of the shadow ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando October 15, 2012

    Oh, another winner, Corinne! I was certainly choked up as I read this – it made me think about the power of forgiveness and the sad fact that too many of us are not forgiven by others for the mistakes we made. Thank goodness there is forgiveness in the Lord!
    I’m hoping this father will be reconciled with his beautiful daughter one day . . .
    Love and blessings, my friend!

  8. Leah Leah October 14, 2012

    Corinne, this is beautiful writing. I’m so choked up. I want his family to forgive and embrace him. Yet, he accepts his banishment and continues to love, feasting on the scraps he gathers from the shadows. Beautiful <3

  9. Susan Dusterhoft Susan Dusterhoft October 14, 2012

    Nice story…thanks for sharing!

  10. Pixie Pixie October 14, 2012

    Loved it!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    You write so beautifully ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Myrna Myrna October 14, 2012

    You have a vivid imagination. Nice that the shadows here are positive in spite of the fact that he lost his ‘little girl’. Still, it seems he found himself. Lovely writing Corinne.

  12. Roshan R Roshan R October 14, 2012

    heartwarming ending ๐Ÿ™‚ redemption, albeit mild, is still redemption

  13. Jo Jo October 14, 2012

    Nice combo post! I really like this one. A lot.

  14. Privy Trifles Privy Trifles October 14, 2012

    Lovely story!!

    I am enjoying this blogfest that you have participated it…it is fun to read so many beautiful posts day after day ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl October 13, 2012

    Corrine, you are on a role. I love the writing you are doing. I’m seeing a whole new side of you. I like all your sides!

  16. janu janu October 13, 2012

    Happens a lot. Good that he has the opportunity to see her grow to the woman she is….his little girl. Touching.

  17. Irene Irene October 13, 2012

    Aww… this happens in real life. How we risk losing the ones we love as an outcome of our indiscretion at one point in our lives. Beautiful, Corinne โค ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 14, 2012

      I was trying to stay away from it being dark in the shadows! Thanks, Linda.

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