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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)
- TITLE: Illusive Dreams
By Travis Dempster
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Overlooking the bay under the sun as the long day finally crept to a close.
Fingers of light stretching up from the sea,
Desperately clinging to their last gasp of life. The first hint of dusk.
Bob could not wipe the smirk of satisfaction off his face.
They were wrong, he had done it. He had saved his family, financially problems solved
He knew he could. All along.
He had told them as much. They didnââ‚¬â„¢t believe. Hadnââ‚¬â„¢t believed.
They had told him it would ruin the family.
Bob was sure once they realized his determination though,
They would change their tune,
Barbara had gone from saying early on you couldnââ‚¬â„¢t,
To you shouldnââ‚¬â„¢t
ââ‚¬Å“ Bob, its been Six months now. I get it, I get that you can do this.
But its time to stop now. It just doesnââ‚¬â„¢t make sense. Why? Why are you so set on doing this.
Its not for me and the kids Bob.ââ‚¬
How could she have said that. Of course all his toil and labor was for them.
ââ‚¬Å“ You didnââ‚¬â„¢t seem to have a problem with it when I began the project.ââ‚¬
ââ‚¬Å“I didnââ‚¬â„¢t think you would really be able to follow through with it.ââ‚¬
She still didnââ‚¬â„¢t believe. He had to prove to her.
ââ‚¬Å“Barbara, I know once you see it, once its doneââ‚¬¦ââ‚¬
ââ‚¬Å“ââ‚¬¦Its done Bob, Its done. Let it be done. I believe you.
I know you can finish Honey. But what about Johnny and Jenny.
You stopped coaching little league with him and hardly go to his games.
And you missed the father daughter dance last week. Its just costing to muchââ‚¬
Looking back he had known would be wearisome. More then he could say. He hadnââ‚¬â„¢t expected
To quite coaching. And Bob had to admit he didnââ‚¬â„¢t realize he had missed their Annual Father Daughter dance. But there was always next year. All the days his work had been a pain, all the grief, all his restless nights would be worth it. What he had built. Bob knew they would understand. It had been Another two months after that conversation when he moved to the city and rented a motel room over seeing everything.
Bob remembered a few random Conversations when Barbara had called to check up on him. Wanting him to come home, saying things she didnââ‚¬â„¢t mean. She just didnââ‚¬â„¢t have faith. But now he could show her. And they could all celebrate his success together. He jumped in his porshe. Barely able to contain his excitement as he heading home.
Bob dialed Barbaraââ‚¬â„¢s number,
ââ‚¬Å“Good almost thereââ‚¬ he said to himself
While he glanced at a passing freeway sign.
He had been driving now for 4 hours getting anxious.
But again no answer. Just kept ringing, and ringing. He was getting frustrated with her,
Angry even. He wanted to share his good news. And she was ruining it.
He decided to call his neighbor and asked him to let her know he was on his way home.
ââ‚¬Å“Yeah, Bob. Sure, great news. Iââ‚¬â„¢ll meet you over there. I have something I need to give you.ââ‚¬
ââ‚¬Å“Okay Thanksââ‚¬ maybe he wants to congratulate me, Bob thought. He really didnââ‚¬â„¢t care though as long as he saw his family.
He pulled up to his Driveway. Waved to his neighbor waiting there.
ââ‚¬Å“ No ones home, huh? Figuresââ‚¬¦ââ‚¬
Bob said as his neighbor handed him an envelope.
Small conselation he thought, but at least I get some congratulations for my Accomplishment. Reading it and realizing the card was not from his neighbor.
It began. ââ‚¬Å“Congradulations Bob. I never doubted that you would Do itââ‚¬ââ‚¬¦.
But the happy sentiment ended with that as he read on.
ââ‚¬Å“Canââ‚¬â„¢t do this anymoreââ‚¬¦ââ‚¬ââ‚¬...sold the houseââ‚¬ââ‚¬¦ââ‚¬ ââ‚¬ââ‚¬¦.leavingââ‚¬¦ââ‚¬ he read the last words
ââ‚¬Å“ââ‚¬¦.Iââ‚¬â„¢m Sorry Bobââ‚¬¦ââ‚¬ââ‚¬Å“ Iââ‚¬â„¢m Sorry Bob.ââ‚¬ His neighbor spoke and broke his trance ââ‚¬Å“I didnââ‚¬â„¢t want to tell you over the phone.ââ‚¬ Bob hardly recognized him now, just now awakened. As he looked up at him, and noticed for the first time the ââ‚¬Å“Soldââ‚¬ sign on the lawn
ââ‚¬Å“But I did it, I succeeded, I finally achieved my dream.ââ‚¬
ââ‚¬Å“Bob what good is all that if you have no one to share it withââ‚¬¦ââ‚¬
And he left Bob to consider that as he walked away
ââ‚¬Å“Meaningless! Meaningless! he sobbed into his hands
Everything is meaninglessââ‚¬
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