Scene One – PLAYING IN SHALLOWS – Sarasota, Florida, February 1949
“Time for deeper water Bobby,” Dad says. He lifts me from cool water above turquoise-blue tiles in Holiday Inn’s outdoor pool. Strong arms spin me over his head like a baker twirls pizza dough. Above me palms and clouds swirl in a canopy of mint leaves and marshmallows in an upside-down bowl of blue Jell-O. “Ha, ha, Daddy,” I laugh. “Pizza, pizza, but no deep water.”
Scene One – WINGS – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 1965
“Hello freshmen. Welcome to Biology 101. I’m professor Livingston. Ha – you wonder, where is the famous explorer and journalist, Henry Stanley?”
He walks to the lectern and peers over the top of his bifocals. “Unfortunately, Mr. Stanley and my esteemed namesake, Dr. Livingston, missionary, explorer and no relation of mine, died many years before you were born.”
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.
About the Author
Richard Wilberg is a creativity coach, musician, writer, photographer, and former business leader who lives in Madison, Wisconsin.