Scene 1 – THE GIFT – Hamour Architects – Dubai, UAE, October 1980
The box is mahogany or another rare, tropical wood, highly polished with gilded corners and latches. The length of a yardstick and the width of a 12-inch ruler, like my first grade teacher used to rap my knuckles, the majesty of the box captures my attention as I enter Hamour’s conference room.
Scene 1 – DREAM – Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 2017
“I was surprised to receive your letter.” The phone is hot and wet in my hand. “ I didn’t know what to do.”
“Why?” Her pause speaks to me. “You know that I care.”
“Do I? How would I know? It’s been so long. I was afraid to open your letter.”
Scene 1 – ALPHA – Willamette National Forrest, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, October 1984
“Watch your line Davy,” I say. “You’re almost in the rapids. Try to work your line over by the edge of the stream. The biggest salmon hide in the pools.”
“Okay Dad,” Davy chirps.
Dad. Seems like I can’t get enough time with Davy since Sally left me.
“I want sole custody, Bobby,” she screamed. My courage to disagree evaporated. The judge agreed with Sally.
Scene 1 – CLEAN UP – Northern Lights Apartments, St. Germain, Wisconsin, October 1954
“Sally loves you, Bobby,” she’s confused.” Larry’s words are sweet honey on a rainy Monday evening. “Your wife moved out. That doesn’t mean the end of your marriage unless you decide the relationship is over.”
Scene One – COCA-COLA – Saint Germain, Wisconsin September 1951
“Hey Bobby, let’s go to the picture show,” Sally says. She looks out the window at the rusted, dented garbage cans across the alley. “There’s a new Clark Gable movie showing at the Bijou in Hazelhurst.”
“I don’t want to go. I’m tired. I worked all week,” Bobby sighs.
About the Author
Richard Wilberg is a creativity coach, musician, writer, photographer, and former business leader who lives in Madison, Wisconsin.