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That smile! It’s hard to believe that this was Anna and I so long ago. I honesty felt like it was yesterday. Two love birds kissing in the rain! Oh, what more could you ask for?
Yeah, wrong. But, before we dive into that, roll the opening credits, please. Come on, roll them!
Starring MIKE KAZ
“And she left. Just like that. I thought things were going so well, doc, and now, all of a sudden, I feel like I’m losing control of my life. She said it’s only temporary but… I don’t think she’s coming back. I guess it’s only a matter of time before she realizes that she’s too good for me.”
“Mr Givens, please, let’s stray away from the negativity. That’s what the prescription is for. You are taking the medication, aren’t you?”
“No. I ran out a few weeks ago and I just don’t get around to refilling it.”
“It’s really not surprising you’re feeling this way. That was the point of the antidepressants.”
“I know. I just don’t want to become dependent on some stupid pills to make me feel happy.”
“Excuse me, madam. Are you OK?”
“No, I’m not OK. I just learned my father passed away. I’m sorry.”
“I just got off the phone with my brother. I started walking.”
“So there I was, hugging this stranger, really because it was the only thing that I could do. She just cried into my shoulder for the longest time, then she thanked me. Just left.”
“It took a lot of courage to approach somebody like that. It’s extremely thoughtful, Charlie.”
“I felt like I had to. I wonder what Anna would say about this. It was really strange. I wanted to be there for her.”
“I suppose you’re right. That woman did help me as well.”
“I felt happy. I felt not useless and that I could actually help this woman. You know, even if it were for a short while. And then I felt bad, felt bad for feeling happy. I wanted her to feel more happy than I wanted myself to.”
“Charlie, they call that being selfless.”
“I guess that puts things in a perspective, doc. I mean here, I’m soaking in depression — when I should actually feel lucky for myself because there are people out there like that poor woman who can’t avoid tragedy. Meanwhile, I’m just doing this to myself. Now, I know violence is not right — it’s bad! — but I know it’s the right thing getting involved. I guess that’s what she meant for support.”
“I’m certainly not condoning behavior, but it was very brave of you to do that, and I’m sure the young man was very grateful.”
“I hope so. In fact I can’t even remember the last time I smiled like that. Then it made me realize how much I really wanted to feel that again. To smile, uncontrollably.”
“I’ll tell you what, Charlie. As a friend, it’s great to see you so excited, and — look at that! — you’re so happy. You’re going to smile a lot more like that soon.”
“That means a lot, doc. ”
“Hey Charlie! You don’t need me anymore.”
So I guess that about sums it up. I went to the last appointment. And there she was.
“That was close!”
Now here we are. Ended up right where we started. How cliché is that for a short story?
“You look good.”
And I really did.
It was magical. If you didn’t get the morale of the story, then I suggest you rewatch the movie. I just… I can’t really explain it. I guess you had to be there.”