I wrote this as the opening to what I was going to have as a collection of short stories that became a novel. I don’t feel like this fits as an introduction to a novel and I don’t think I’m going to use it anymore. So, I thought I would share it!
These are stories about growing up, about friendship and loss, about hopeful futures, and about healing and moving forward. These stories are for you. I will introduce the characters and tell you their stories, but their lessons will be yours. I can’t make you see them. I can’t paint them on a billboard so that they are obvious. No. I will make you work for them and then, when they are apparent to you, you will take them with you for a lifetime, and then perhaps the lifetimes of your children. I don’t presume to insist these are important lessons to learn. These are just lessons that, having learned them, may somehow, someday, make your life a little bit easier. Someday, a lesson learned here will bury itself into your thoughts and it will lessen the pain. I have felt the pain so you will not have to. This is my sincerest hope.
So, what do you think?