Saturday, February 22, 2014

He Was Too Late


       With pain etched across his features Ben typed the letter, emptying all the pent up feelings he had kept guarded for so long.  He was tired of the lies and the duplicity.  He was tired of trying to be someone he was not.  He was tired of being ridiculed for who he was.  They didn’t want a son who was artistic and gay.  They wanted a perfect athlete and a home town hero everyone wanted to emulate.  They wanted someone worthy of their love that they could brag about at church.  Instead they had gotten him.



     As the sun set and the shadows fell he printed out his final letter.  He shut down the computer one last time and quickly reread his last plea for understanding and acceptance.  With a sad and determined resignation he loaded the gun he had bought last week, aimed, and fired extinguishing all the hurt and frustration he had experienced his whole life trying to live up to their ideal.




        An hour later Ben’s parents arrived home excited to see their only son.   His mother loved her baby no matter what direction he took with his life and encouraged her husband to accept Ben for who he was.  A hard pill to swallow, but he did love his son.  He just had to make a point of accepting him as he was and showing him that he loved him no matter what.  He planned to tell him as soon as he saw him setting things right and starting their relationship fresh with more love and understanding on his part.   The bottom line was that he loved his son, gay or not, and it was high time he told him and started acting like it.  To his horror, he was too late.




This is my entry for the Write Tribe Wednesday writing prompt:

 "He was too late."

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40 comments:

  1. It's very sad that so many gay and lesbian kids are bullied by their families till they feel that suicide is their only option. Have you ever read 'Prayers for Bobby'? It's about a gay kid in CA who jumped off a freeway overpass after his family pretty much shunned him and kept praying for him to not be gay. It was written by his mother, and how she decided to devote her life to helping LGBT kids.

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    1. JoJo, I think it is sad too. I have never read "Prayers for Bobby". How sad. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! So pleased my story touched you. ♥

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  2. :( Just sad to see so many young lives wasted just because they are considered different!!

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    1. Aditi, I agree. What does it matter as long as people are living their lives and happy? Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  3. "It is never the wrong time to do the right thing."

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Rob-bear, I agree! Except in this case when the person is dead...then you can't tell them. It truly is too late. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  4. So many old the grudge or whatever they call it for so long and it does end up being too late

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    1. Pat, the thing is if it becomes "too late" you simply have to make peace with yourself. There is just nothing more you can do. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  5. How sad and what a wasted life. We never know when someone reaches tipping point. Sad.

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    1. tulika, it is sad. Thank you for stopping by and for your comments. So pleased that my post touched you in some way. ♥

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  6. I guess "being too late" is something every parent fears the most! A sad tale this is Kathy. :(

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    1. jyothisdayout.com, I would think so too. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  7. This is so sad and happens far too often. - I saw you on Write Tribe. I'm a new follower.

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    1. Dancing Gypsy, thank you for stopping by and for the follow. I am so pleased you enjoyed my story and were touched by it.

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  8. I am hopeful that others take note of the lesson in the tale and work to ensure that their own children feel loved and accepted unconditionally. Thanks for sharing.
    Mary-andering Creatively

    Mary-andering Among the Pages

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    1. Mary, I hope so too. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  9. Oh that's so heartbreaking....what the point in repenting later over a life that has been dreadful due to their own doing? Sad :(

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    1. myriadrainbowhues, I agree completely. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  10. OMG!! That's so sad!! And that regret would live with them all their lives!! :(

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    1. Shilpa, it sure would. They would certainly have some massive guilt to deal with. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments! ♥

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  11. A life wasted. It is so sad that one has to live up to parent's expectations and live as per societal norms.

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    1. Kalpana, it is such a pity that our happiness is so often hinged on others expectations instead of finding our own inner peace, living our life, and simply being happy. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments! ♥

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  12. So tragic and needless. Parents need to always accept their children for who and what they are.

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    1. Martha, Exactly! Well said. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  13. such a poignant issue this is ... Nice way to incorporate this in a story Kathy....

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    1. Nabanita, I am so pleased you liked it! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  14. Why do people have to always wait till it's too late to acknowledge that people can be different? It's not wrong. That's their right. Beautiful way to incorporate the prompt Kathy

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    1. iwrotethose.com, I don't know. If only we could all embrace each other's differences and celebrate them instead of pass judgment. I am so pleased you liked my take. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  15. This could be so close to the truth for many people that it is chilling, Kathy! :(

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    1. Corinne, I agree. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! ♥

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  16. Life can be cruel with its timing... The worst nightmare for any parent is being a witness to their child's death.

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    1. Reshma, I agree. That would kill me. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! ♥

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  17. This is really very sad. Even though difficult for the parents, but they have to be very considerate and supportive.

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    1. Usha, I agree. It is sad. In the end we must allow our children to make their own choices and love them unconditionally. As long as they are happy that is all that should matter. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  18. this is very sad and quite interesting...

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    1. Mi-lee, Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments! ♥

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    1. vishalbheeroo, I am so pleased you liked my story. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  20. Oh man, this is sad. Acceptance came too late. You really matched the required line nicely in this story, Kathy.

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    1. Michelle, I am so pleased you liked it! It was the first idea that came to my mind and I went with it! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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