Welcome to the Company - A short short story.
A batch of new hires file into the break room, all glimmering eyes and pressed pants.
I catch the eye of one of them. His shirt looks clean. Not a single ring under his eyes. I smile weakly, his face slackening at my coffee stained teeth. I silently mouth a single word before shuffling back to my desk.
My best friend’s daughter and I made something this weekend.
The testing phase went well, but our shipment of plutonium hasn’t come in from the Libyans yet. We remain optimistic our funding will come through to see us well into 2015.
But I’ve said too much.
My daughter has been watching a lot of martial art flicks lately.
I’m getting worried though. I haven’t seen her around here in awhile…
Checking in on my buddy after having her gallbladder removed.
Though it’s probably a jerk move trying to make her laugh with a belly incision.
It’s important to have some salt and pepper when I make eggs.
Co-worker took a picture of me because she wanted to capture me during my “Pre-rap battle” process.
My smart-assedness is rubbing off on these people.
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know that you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It feels good not looking like a stuffed sausage anymore in my old clothes.
The things she doesn't understand she never should have to.
<b> </b> (Driving home from her school book fair)<p><b>Molly:</b> Daddy, what are banned books?<p><b>Me:</b> Well, these are books that someone was very afraid of, and decided that people shouldn't be able to read them.<p><b>Molly:</b> Scary books?<p><b>Me:</b> Some books scare people, but they don't have to be about monsters. Some can be about death, or love, or how someone feels about their body...<p><b>Molly:</b> Why are they scared of it?<p><b>Me:</b> Because they're afraid that art is more influential than they could ever be.<p><b></b> (A pause to explain what "influential" means)<p><b>Molly:</b> I don't get it. If it's a book they don't want their kids to read then why don't they just tell their own kids to not read it?<p><b>Me:</b> Exactly. I think reading all kinds of books will let you see the world through other people's eyes and let you learn things about yourself that I could never teach you. It's important that you have that choice. It's important to me.<p><b>Molly:</b> ...<p><b>Me:</b> You're awful quiet back there. Did I confuse you?<p><b>Molly:</b> Nope. Just reading.<p><b>Me:</b> That a girl.<p><b></b> "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."<p><b></b> - Noam Chomsky<p>