Thursday, May 6, 2010

The World in Miniature: Strangers on a Sunday

by T.H. Mafi
from an untitled work in progress

www.stiryourtea.blogspot.com

This story has been taken down at the behest of its lovely author. Check out her blog, though, for lots of greatness.

14 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

Wow so sad. What a vivid description of an all too common occurrence. Thanks for sharing Ink.

Tahereh really is amazing. He blog is usually hilarious, but it is really nice to see that she can write heart wrenching pieces like this too (or beautiful little numbers where she shares about when and were she fell in love with writing).

You rock girl!

Mia said...

Wow. Just wow. She's hilarious AND heart-wrenching when she wants to be. Just the commentary was amazing. I was there and it hurt to watch.

:~)

QuiteLight said...

Excrutiating. And everyone who's ever seen it happen knows that haunted feeling lasts forever, as you second guess & second guess what you could have/should have/would have done... as if anything would have any impact on her. So well written.

Nice pick.

Christi Goddard said...

Yay, a sample of Tahereh's writing! I really liked it. I don't know how many times I've seen this crap. I guess I'm strange, though. I have no problem opening my mouth to a bad parent.

Erica Chapman said...

Wow. Compelling stuff Tahereh. You have a great voice. I could feel your pain. Oh, I hate those leashes for kids too, I will never use one. I think we've all seen this too many times. Unfortunetely my angry glances don't deter the parent at all...

Great job ;o)

Taryn Tyler said...

chilling

Elaine AM Smith said...

Tahereh sure can weave with words.

Mira said...

Heartbreaking.

You captured the pain of the child - you looked directly at something that is achingly hard to look at. Personally, I have to squint in order to not shut my eyes at all.

What's amazing, though, is the child will get up again. He does get up.

She does get up. This most likely happened to the mother when she was his age, too. Or worse. Scratching beneath the surface....

Thank you.

Tahereh said...

thanks you guys for all of your profoundly kind words!!

oddly enough, this piece isn't based on something i saw -- it's actually inspired by a compilation of things i've seen. and felt, i suppose.

it's so nice to see i'm not the only one affected by these kinds of experiences.

<333

Deb Salisbury said...

Wow. That gave me the chills, too. Well done!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

That was wonderful, Tahereh, and clearly I need to visit your blog. This gave me the chills, too, and as a parent has me searching back through my mind for all the times I was impatient with my children. And cringing. (never would use the leash, ack! Wanted to be clear on that!)

Children are so much smarter than we think. And willing to tell/show/shout to you exactly what they think. If we only would listen.

MBW aka Olleymae said...

What? Is it bad to leash your child? Aren't they more like inconvenient pets anyways?

just jokes.

Tahereh, thanks for sharing some of your writing. Awesomlicious.

Chase March said...

Too bad we can't just openly talk to people like that in public. I know I couldn't do it but I'd love to get that same message across to certain shouldn't-be-parents.

Matthew MacNish said...

This better come back some day. I'm actually a little pissed that it had to be taken down. But I get it. Fame can do that.

I hope it's a part of something you're still working on TH, because writing like this is not meant for a drawer.