If Heroes Suffered the Gaffes of Growing Old

The full moon illuminates the hero as he leaps from rock to rock in his yard’s frog pond in his quest to save his daughter’s dolly from the evils of the night’s water. After leaping a dozen, a baker’s dozen in fact, he stops and stands heroically. Truthfully, ‘lukewarmly’ would be a better fit… He positions his hands on his hip for an imaginary audience. Our hero looks prosaic. That’s until the rains come.

He can feel his joints stiffen with each raindrop. His costume now is visible in a dissimilar light; he flees back into his house.

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8 days ago

Hello Melissa – Nice to see another great story from you. Compare your original submission to the published version to see the few editorial changes we made – mostly to keep the tense all in present. Your submissions are always very close to perfect!

8 days ago

I love this story, Melissa. Aging eventually gets all of us who live long enough – even the midnight heroes of frog pond fame! I must admit I was curious about your picture – I was hoping for a backyard garden complete with full moon and frogs! Great writing, as usual.

Reply to  Melissa Taggart
7 days ago

Aha – the “leaping over tall buildings” made perfect sense, and I agree with your picture choice, now that I know its meaning!

Deborah Goulding
Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
7 days ago

Melissa, the unassuming parent, is eloquently portrayed. A parents heart is selfless. Your stories are heartfelt!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
7 days ago

A humorous account of a “lukewarm” parent performance. Love how the Dad poses like a hero then is afflicted with aging pains!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 day ago

Lovely and humorous story, Melissa. Dad is always selfless. My dad is my own hero from my birth until he’s gone, but he is still remembered that way. Well portrayed. 

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