Communication breakdown: It’s no wonder.

Setting: A balcony late in the evening over a lifting concrete driveway
into a heavily mortgaged two-car garage with a big mortgaged house and a beautiful mortgaged garden attached to it. The Eucalypt that’s lifting the driveway has been cut down to the stump because the neighbours were concerned it would drop on their house.

The gears that open the garage door are still warm. The house is very big. With the garden it’s perfect for: two people with a big family, two shared kids, plans for more kids, two demanding exes, and lots of friends. There’s an incredible view that goes from the bottom of the driveway and into a valley. The valley is part of a National Park; it’s protected.

On the balcony, a conversation is erupting. There’s about a 12 foot drop to the driveway. The drop to the bottom of the valley is bigger, but as it turns out, you can’t find a way to get from the balcony into the bottom of the valley in one go. It’s not as though you don’t start looking for it though.

        to want for not enough stuff
        is not to want for nothing
        happiness is not enough

but i love you         but sorry
        he said but love’s not enough

no happiness is not enough
        no love’s not enough
no. happiness is not enough
        no. love’s not enough
NO.
        NO!
YES!
        YES?

but to want for nothing
is to not want for happiness

        exactly.

what do you mean
exactly?

        that’s it.
        that’s enough

but i love you like you
and your voice
and my guitar
and some trees for me to climb
and a beach for you to swim…

i can build a cubby house
i can be the man
you can swim and sing
you can paint the ceiling

that’s all!
…?…?…

        you’ve changed.
you changed me.
        I’m sorry.
I’m not!

You know I can build a cubby house.
        Yeah, I know. You built it
        for your Grandma and your Grandpa.

No. I built it, and I showed it
to my Grandma and my Grandpa.

        Yeah whatever.
What?

        Whatever.
        That’s it.
        That’s enough.

But what about when I said
I didn’t want to
cut down that Eucalypt?

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Braden Karl Frederiksen still has the small wooden treasure chest that his evil Grandmother gave him for his 8th Christmas. He can't recall how old he was when he locked the key inside nor how he locked it in there. He occasionally gives it a rattle and wonders what's making that other sound. View all posts by Brad

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