Daydreams of: Baggage

Tom walked down the hallway.  With him came everything he owned.  Just three bags and a child seat completed were the sum of his early life’s possessions.  His apartment with all the furniture.  His trophies of wild and various conquests.  His treasured sports car.  Everything he had collected along the way had been cast aside.  A new path lay before him fraught with new challenges.  Tom realized that he’d have to unburden himself if he was going to succeed and he swore he would succeed.

Sliding glass doors parted to reveal a woman and young girl standing in wait.

“You made it!”  The woman called in joy as she rushed to hug Tom.

“Sue!” He replied as he half-dropped the baggage. “I said I would.”

The little girl stood hesitantly a few feet away.

“Rachel.”  Her mother called.  “It’s ok.  You know Tom.  He’s going to be part of the family.”

Rachel made a little stutter-step before walking up to the couple.

“Are you really gonna stay?”  The little girl asked with caution.

Tom knelt down to look her in the eyes.  “I’m going to do my best to try.”

Rachel pouted.  “Others have tried too, but ran away.”

“Yes they have.”  Tom answered.  “But I sold everything I have just to be with you and your mom. I bet the other guys didn’t do that.”

“No they didn’t.”  Rachel agreed.  “Did you really sell everything?”

Tom smiled and patted his luggage.  “Everything but what’s in these bags.”

“Wow.”   The little girl gasped.

“Doesn’t that earn him a chance, Rachel?”  Her mother asked.

Rachel thought for a moment.  “I guess.”  She said.

“Good.”  Sue replied as she took Rachel’s hand.  “Let’s go home.”

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15 thoughts on “Daydreams of: Baggage

  1. This is sweet – I like the conversation between Tom and Rachel – The way her mother asks – “Doesn’t that earn him a chance, Rachel?” Her mother asked. – perfect. Nice work.

  2. I hope it all works out and that the little girl has a reason to trust again. I finished reading with a feeling of hope for all of them….I think he will stay, unlike the others.

  3. “Just three bags and a child seat completed were the sum of his early life’s possessions.”

    The only awkward sentence. Otherwise, I loved it. Especially since I’ve faced this same prospect when dating single moms. Suddenly there’s a whole lot more to consider.

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