Song Pairing: Space Oddity by David Bowie // Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas
Trigger Warning: Suicide
Sometimes you got to walk the day out of you. You know? Walk it right out through the soles of your feet.What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee
What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee is a heartwarming story told in 100 chapters consisting of 100 words each. Will just lost his dad to suicide which has left his whole community confused. So how does he deal? He walks. To and from work at Dollar Only, past the little dude who waits for butterflies, past Superman the homeless guy on First Street and past the Dog of Insanity; forever chained and barking.
But there are some places Will won’t walk past. The bridge on Fourth Street, the store with the shelves of 100 Chinese blessings, and his friend Playa’s house. But when the universe places unexpected detours in his path, like struggling to figure out his dad’s mysterious cornbread reciepe, or helping Playa after she was raped at a party, Will has to figure out how to stop walking away from his problems and walk towards them.
This story is about healing, happiness and not giving up on the little things that help you or someone else through crisis. Do whatever you have to in order to heal so long as you don’t give up. That is the most important thing. So walk my friends. Walk. Walk on. Walk tall. And don’t let the bastards get you down.
…blessings are everywhere you look, even in the dark.What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee