Excerpt from I Heard You
“C’mon Dad, let’s go! I’m gonna be late if you don’t get it in gear!” Kyle yells at his father.
“I’m coming, I’m coming! Just one more sip of this coffee and I’ll be ready.”
“There’s no time. I gotta be at the school at nine sharp. The coach will kick me off the team if I’m even late by a minute,” Kyle says.
“Fine, fine. Let’s go then. Get your gear and go get in the car.”
“My gear is already in the car. I’ve just been waiting on you,” Kyle casts a scowl in his father’s direction and slams the door of the house on his way out.
Chris mumbles to himself, “jeez-us H Christ, that kid is always in a frigging hurry.”
He gulps down the last of his coffee, burning his tongue in the process. “Goddamnit.”
He kicks off his slippers and bends to tie up his sneakers. He shrugs on his Red Sox hoodie and then pulls on his Patriots cap in order to cover his unruly hair. He snatches his car keys off the key holder beside the door. Within minutes they’re speeding down the road to the high school.
Kyle is still visibly upset. “Oh my gawd, Dad, you always do this. You frig and fart around each time there’s a game and we always have to rush around. I hate that! I can’t wait to get my license and my own car, then I won’t have to wait for you to drive me around!”
“I know, I know. I’m sorry. I thought we had plenty of time.”
“You waited until the last minute again to even get going. I told you I had to be there by nine. Now we’ve only got ten minutes to get there! The bus is going to leave without me!”
“The bus isn’t going to leave without you, you’re the quarterback. Can’t have a game without the quarterback.”
Kyle crosses his arms and they ride the rest of the way to the school in silence.
Chris can feel his son’s anger hanging in the air between them.
“C’mon, Kyle. Don’t be like that. A pissy attitude isn’t going to help you guys win this game. And you need this win, right?”
Kyle looks at his father and breaks his stony silence. “You know we do. We have to win in order to get to the playoffs.”
“You know I wanted to come to this game didn’t you?”
“But you’re not, ” Kyle says.
“So you say.”
Chris hangs his head. “I’ve got to be at the hospital.”
“I don’t even know why you still bother. She put herself there. She’s the one who put herself in a coma. She didn’t think about anybody else but herself when she took that shit and decided it was a good idea to go for a drive. All she’s ever thought about is herself. She can rot away in that hospital bed for all I care!”
Chris lays his hand on his son’s shoulder. “Kyle, don’t. You know that’s not true. She loved you. Still loves you and you’ll see that when she wakes up.”
Kyle shrugs off his father’s hand. “Give it up Dad, the doctor’s said she’s not going to wake up. She fried her brains and the car crash scrambled them even more. She can’t even breathe without the machines. She’s not coming back! I lost my mother a long time ago.”
Kyle feels the tears start to well up again, but bats them away with his fist.
Chris knows there’s no trying to explain things to his son. He’s been trying and trying to make him understand for the past month, but his son can’t see beyond his own anger. And Chris doesn’t blame him. He’s angry as well. At himself, for not seeing how far gone Mary was. He blames himself for not being more insistent, for accepting her excuses, for believing in her when she told him she was going to get better. He loved her too damn much to believe otherwise.
They pull into the school and Chris parks behind the bus. Kyle bursts out of the car and then opens the back door to grab his gear. He slams the back door shut and ignores his father’s shouts of, “Good luck!”
Chris watches Kyle get on the bus, high-fiving his buddies as he passes by them. He sees Kyle laugh at something one of his teammates say and then watches as Kyle places himself in one of the high-backed bus seats.
Chris waves even though Kyle refuses to look at him through the window.
Chris watches the school bus leave the driveway and head down the road.
After the bus is long gone, Chris puts his car in gear and sighs. He begins his journey to the hospital where his wife lies in a coma. A coma that was induced by the car crash his wife was in while she was high.
Chris feels dread and hope at the same time. Dread that his wife hasn’t come out of her coma and the decision he may have to make on whether or not to take her off life support. And hope that she has awakened and they can begin the process of healing. But then dread fills him once again, because if she has awakened and survived this latest ordeal, he worries that her addiction will consume her yet again and he and Kyle will again suffer through the pain of seeing a loved one battle a drug addiction that they have no control over.
Chris sighs again, there is no happy ending for him or his son. Either way Mary is lost to them..
The distance grows
Time apart seems like death
Knowing that the space will spread
Until the gap becomes a black hole
Feeling as though the tunnel is too long
To reach you
Yelling out your name
An echo my only answer
Throwing out a lifeline
Filled only with love
Begging you to grab it
In order to save you from
Your lonely solitude of depression and despair
But the bottle
Battles me each day
Taking you further and further into the blackness
I don’t know how long I can hold on
Without eventually following you into the abyss
In order to be with you
If it’s the only way to hold you
Everybody has a story to tell and I Heard You tells those stories.
So much can be said in just a few words. Each story in this book of short stories and poetry has captured a defining moment in a person's life. Although seemingly random and with no connecting theme, every story is in fact connected; each tells the story of how life's unpredictability can force a person to travel a path unknown to them. Life doesn't have perfect endings and nobody gets out of it unscathed.
It's What She Does...Lu lashes out at her son when she realizes she doesn't have much longer to live.
House Number 79...In the sunset of her life, a woman finds her only joy is the children across the street.
As They've Always Been...Cheryl's discovery of her children's secrets cause her to rethink the meaning of a "perfect family."
The Void of Nothingness...After losing his family, Joe's heartbreak forces him to take matters into his own hands.
Paisley Bedspreads...Suzanne longs for a man she'll never have and a life that belongs to another.
Nobody Knows...Melly's seventeen and she'll do whatever it takes to make her boyfriend happy.
The Rebound...Alise has had a lifetime of heartache. Her bitterness makes her push happiness away.
Thirty Years...High school sweethearts, Jamie and Celeste are torn apart when Celeste leaves him. Hope rises though, when after thirty years they reconnect.
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Reviews for I Heard You
5.0 out of 5 stars "Truths and Dilemmas to Consider"
By Brenda Seekins on December 26, 2017
No doubt, Deb heard you. A prolific, “driven” writer, Deb has been listening and true to form she is “driven” to write it down…with emotion, detail and understanding. Deb provides an impartial view to her subjects’ stories, the make-up of their lives, and by doing so provides a thoughtful view for you the reader. No doubt, you’ll be thinking more about these subjects and their various dilemmas while you consider people who may impact your life. A great read for the thoughtful reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Highly recommended...well worth the read"
By Rob Hawley on November 27,2017
Debra Colby’s new book “I Heard You” is perfectly titled. Debra has been listening. She’s been listening to the lives of people all around her. Her short stories are conversation driven making the reader immediately feel like they are there in person.
Ms. Colby does not solve the life situations that her characters face but it is somehow reassuring to know that other people have lived through these personal dramas and survived, hence the subtitle “A Collection of Life’s Truths”. Debra’s poems, which alternate with the stories, are razor sharp and well crafted.
Using a minimum of words she conveys a mountain of emotion. I highly recommend Debra Colby’s latest effort.
Well worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 stars - "Short Stories.Worth Sharing"
By PamLaDeDah on December 10, 2017
A collection of short stories that will take you on a journey of vast emotions. The characters are real and Debra ensures the reader feels they know each character & can relate to them.
"Stories worth sharing" are abundant in Deb's thought provoking book ~
Great Christmas gift!
5.0 out of 5 stars - "Speaks of a lot life’s ups and downs"
I recommend everyone to read it. Sent me through all of my ups and downs.
By Elizabeth Nickerson on December 1, 2017
I’m not much of a reader, but I could not put this book down. Very well written and speaks of a lot of life’s ups and downs.
I recommend everyone to read this book. It sent me through all of my emotions.
Thank you Ms Colby for writing this!
5.0 out of 5 stars - "Awesome read"
By Barb Erving on December 17, 2017
"Deb, Just read your book it is an awesome read! Takes you thru real life’s experiences. You have a lot to offer the reader to keep them interested. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Your stories are worth all the time and effort you put into this book. Looking forward to your next book, I know it will be awesome!
Good luck on your nomination.
I hope you win my friend."
5.0 out of 5 stars - "Heartwarming and thought-provoking".
By Anita Morse on December 6, 2017
"I loved your book Debra, real heartwarming and true to life stories...and thought provoking wisdom!
My advice to all: BUY THIS BOOK!!
5.0 out of 5 stars...You’ll feel anger and joy! Deb’s writings never disappoint me.
ByCTHealth on December 30, 2017
"This collection gives the reader the experience of a reality TV show, in written format. Deb doesn’t hold back and doesn’t sugar coat the reality of life. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel anger and joy! Deb’s writings never disappoint me! A must read for all who love life!"
5.0 out of 5 stars...The book was amazing!
By Starr Holmes Stuart on December 30, 2017
"I received the book today. I just finished reading it. The book was amazing! What a great read.So many subject matters. Serious, funny, sad, happy. I'm hooked. Thank you so much for writing it, for the message inside it."
Excerpt from Mom's Eye View
The Non-Workout, Workout
We’ve all seen those ads in which super-skinny women and super-buff men are flaunting their “After” bodies compared to their “Before” bodies. Pills that proclaim magical fat-burning abilities or belly busting belts that after walking around in them for an hour, the belly fat will simply evaporate into thin air. As much as we’d like to believe in a mystical pill with wondrous powers and an effortless gut buster, we also know it’s complete bunk.
There is no way fat is going to go away by simply popping a pill or wearing what looks like a weight lifter’s belt. Wait, I take that back about the pills. There are some out there that will make the weight disappear but only until you stop taking them. Then the weight, plus a little extra will magically reappear.
As for the belly buster belts, I’m a little reluctant to believe that an oversize belt wrapped around my middle is going to make me thin again. It may work as a girdle, but it looks a little bulky to be wearing under a tank top.
As everyone knows, but hates to admit, the only way to lose weight is to…EAT LESS AND EXERCISE MORE. That’s the only magical formula to losing weight. Yes, if you eat a salad for lunch every day, you will lose weight – but only if the salad isn’t mounded over with croutons, ham and cheese and drenched in Thousand Island dressing. Then if dessert is an option, a bag of those hundred calorie pre-packaged cookies is a wise choice, but only if you eat one bag of them…not two or three.
As far as exercising is concerned, walking down the stairs from your bedroom to the kitchen to get that first cup of coffee in the morning and then across the parking lot on your way into work, doesn’t constitute a daily thirty-minute exercise program.
So, considering how difficult the entire eating less and exercising more formula is for most people, me included, I’ve come up with my own formula. I’m giving up on the diet as well as the idea that I’m going to get any rigorous exercise during the day. It’s not only delusional, it’s dangerous. Going for a jog on my stretch of road could get me killed. Cars fly by doing a hundred and fifty miles an hour and tractor trailers that wobble and bounce over the bumps makes me terrified that their loads will abruptly tip and land directly on me.
Even bicyclists, when and if they come through are a hazard. They tend to move in herds with their heads down. They’re so focused on the road that I fear they’d never even see me, until they plowed me over; then they’d probably think I was just another bump in the road anyway.
My exercise these days consist of walking slowly through the woods with my dog and the occasional plodding along on my treadmill. That usually equals out to a solid thirty minutes a day – if – I include my walk down the stairs to get my morning coffee and my jaunt across the parking lot for work.
Besides if I gave any more time to exercise when would I have time for the more important things? Like channel surfing and finding the perfect sweet spot on the sofa.
Why should I give up the foods I love? I did that after my daughter was born. To lose the baby weight I gave up good food and nice restaurants. These days I’ve rediscovered great tasting food and the joys of eating out.
So be it. I’m making plans for an evening out which will include a glass of wine (or two) accompanied by a plate of chicken linguine drowning in Alfredo sauce. And then…apple pie.
Yup, life is good on the other side of the treadmill.
Mom's Eye View...Life from a Mother's Perspective...is a collection of short stories that bring humor and insight to the everyday challenges we all meet.
Words of a Stranger...tells the story of how just a simple phrase from someone unknown to us can change our entire perspective.
New Family Member...relates how bringing a new kitten in the family can calm even the wildest child.
Roller Wreckage...is one girl's tale of woe as her face meets the floor of the roller rink.
Mom's Eye View helps readers see the humor in the mundane as well as the beauty in the obvious.
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Reviews for Mom's Eye View
**5 out of 5 stars! Lovely book
ByKindle Customer on November 1, 2017
"Excellent book about how one mother views the world. Debra reminds her readers to enjoy the little things in life, it is in those small moments that big things happen."
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