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It might surprise people to know I live in a small town. Yes I live in the DC Metro area, but my town has about 2000 people—and lots of children. In addition, we’re surrounded by small towns. Yep, small town. It surprised me too when Mike mentioned that.
Our little Mayberry has no retail, no commercial property, no factories, no office parks or buildings, just two churches and 2000 people. It’s nice. We have bike trails, a soccer field, tennis courts, basketball courts (at the elementary school) there is a creek that divides the town and pedestrian bridges to cross over. They have movie night, spring races, town garage sales, a Halloween drink and candy station for the kids. It’s nice. And It’s small.
And we have playgrounds—lots of them for the lots of children. There are four in our small area and six more that I know of within walking distance of our house. (less than a mile away.) When we bought the house I couldn’t name one. Having a four year old changes that.
So why talk about this today? No, I’m not trying to rub it in your faces. Those who’ve read my OTM posts might recognize a common theme—balance. As in balance in my life. This weekend we had ‘lil q’s first soccer game—it rained. (Welcome to the world of soccer ‘lil q, where we play even in the rain.) After the game, ‘lil q and I took a train ride to my office to get lunch and pick up something I forgot. So my Saturday was shot. No writing, no reading most of the day, no social media, no marketing (hey, did I mention Purpose comes out October 6, 2015 and is available for preorder?).
So Sunday came and I had the chance to let Mike have ‘lil q for the day and I could work my . . . cough . . . cough . . . second job. I was sorely tempted to grab that with both hands, but it was a gorgeous day and ‘lil q wanted to go to the playground. A specific one that she’d been to for a friend’s b-day. I looked at my MacBook, sitting there forlorn and barely used and it called to me to come work. Write. Socialize, Market (that new release thingy again.) And then ‘lil q said, “come on, Papa, let’s go play.”
Easy choice. Sorry laptop, maybe on a rainy day.
We took a soccer ball and headed off. We climbed, swung around some circlely thing where you hang on and it does a loop. We played soccer (for like 4 minutes before ‘lil q wanted to go back to the swings and slides) and we played. Mike commented that the playground was in the middle of a neighborhood that probably hadn’t changed much in fifty or seventy-five years. That it wasn’t some newly build subdivision.
Looking around, there were tall trees, fields, a railroad station behind us, a footbridge over another creek and I nodded. It was exactly that; a neighborhood. I don’t dwell on such things often, maybe I should, but at times like that I’m reminded how fleeting those moments are. How in a few short years, we won’t all hang on the circlely thing and giggle as it twirls us around. I won’t hear, “Come on Papa, let’s go play,” we won’t put on silly chef’s hats and make ‘the best cookies ever’ even though they came from a package of premade frozen dough.
It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood and this time I didn’t forget to go out and play.
~Andrew Q Gordon
Author: Andrew Q. Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication Date: 10/06/2015
Cover Artist: Angsty G
Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.
Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.
About Andrew Q Gordon
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.
The Last Grand Master: (Champion of the Gods – Book 1);
Ashes of Life:
A Closed Door:
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