How Do You Say, “Sorry?”

Posted: February 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

Seven-year-old Peter loved the Fourth of July
until last year when he threw the hot wire
left after his sparkler died and it landed in
his little sister’s eye. On accident.

Daddy told him dozens of times to
put the glowing wires down IMMEDIATLY
after the sparks stopped flying.
But he couldn’t resist watching the iridescent
aluminum sail through the air, leaving
a silver shadow behind.

Now he sits with a pile of
spent wires by his hip – a glowing wire
in his hand. Carefully he presses it to
the skin on the inside of his arm and finishes
spelling TINA.

  1. Sandra says:

    Heartbreaking; really heartbreaking. Well done.


    • Thanks, Sandra. Those weird sparkly things in the picture reminded me of both pom-poms and sparklers. I went with the sparkler idea and remembered how wonderful the old ones were and how dangerously hot.


  2. Wow! That’s such a powerful, awful, wonderful ending. I feel so much for him (and his sister).


  3. Thank you, Claire. Guess I was feeling a bit morbid this a.m. Glad you stopped by and left such a kind reply.


  4. elmowrites says:

    Aww, so easily done, in a moment, and forever regretted. I love seeing this story from the boy’s perspective, and still being able to feel it from those of the sister and parents.


  5. Thanks! Sad that accidents happen in a blink and there’s nothing to be done but regret the outcome. Glad you liked the POV.


  6. karen rawson says:

    The anguish is so palpable on that one. Nicely done.


  7. I could easily have been that boy.. how often i did stupid things like that.. Two children heartbroken.. so sad.


  8. ahtdoucette says:

    Creepy and so sad. I hope his sister is okay and that he gets help for his self-harm. I’m sure she wouldn’t want him to do that. Powerful story.


  9. Dear Alicia,

    Pretty stiff self-punishment. Well done and sad.




  10. gahlearner says:

    Oh, this is sad, but also wonderful. His sister will probably forgive him, but will he?


  11. draliman says:

    That’s quite the punishment he’s inflicted on himself. Great story.


  12. Alicia, your story rings all too true and breaks my heart. So many people can be impacted by one incident like the one you describe.


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  13. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Alicia, Fourth of July celebrations are fun each year but are always dangerous. I remember a Roman Candle shooting toward us once and how scared we were. Poor boy to self mutilate himself because of an accident! Good job! Sad, Nan 🙂


  14. You’re going to give me nightmares about my 2 year old son and sparklers now……..

    Nicely done!


  15. plaridel says:

    sad story. i felt sorry for both kids.


  16. So very sad the guilt the little boy is feeling. You expressed it well in your excellent story.


  17. storydivamg says:

    Sad and powerful, Alicia. The young man needs to be shown grace–it’s the only thing that will rescue him. I hope his family can help.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

    Liked by 1 person

  18. That’s very sad. You make us feel for the whole family.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Melanie says:

    Oh poor Peter. I just want to hug him.

    Great story. You made it come alive.


  20. This is heartbreaking, but beautifully expressed.


  21. Amy Reese says:

    Those sparklers are mesmerizing, are they not? And they seem to be harmless when you play with them. Oh, poor kid. I wish there was another way. Beautifully written, Alicia.


  22. Margaret says:

    Such tragedies can happen just like this. A moment of foolishness, or carelessness. It’s sobering to think of how many near misses each of us must have in life. Your story shows the outcome and the emotional cost when luck doesn’t step in to intervene.


  23. rgayer55 says:

    this one tugged at my heartstrings. Talk about conveying emotion, you did it extremely well (as evidenced by the comments). The best I’ve read based on this photo.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. milliethom says:

    This is a heartbreaking story which you have put across brilliantly. The unfortunate sister may (or may not) have lost an eye and her grief-stricken brother must live with what he did forever. The ending is very poignant. A wonderful response to the prompt. 🙂


  25. Ellespeth says:

    I feel so badly for Peter 😦 Hopefully someone will notice what he’s doing to himself and he’ll heal emotionally. Such a young age to feel so guilty.


  26. Heartbreaking but so well done, Alicia, Great description. —- Suzanne


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