Please Buckle Up!

by Alana Wilson

Standing here at this corner for the last three years has taught me quite a bit about people; I am not asking for money, a meal or a way to make some quick cash doing an odd job; my sign reads: Please Buckle Up! One thing I have learned, is that people will give to anyone who holds a sign; today, I have already made over thirty-six dollars and eaten a free meal – a Big Mac and a Coke, given from a truck driver on his way out of town. I also know that most people will do anything to keep from making eye contact with me: change stations on their radio, check for messages on their cell phone, or stare hypnotically at the red light. I have also learned about myself and my reason for being here. My mission here is self-centered; each day I stand here and dream that I see my son pull up to the light, read my sign and buckle his seat belt. It is possible, had he read my sign, he would have not been thrown fifteen yards from his Chevy truck into the intersection before school that April morning, but then, he probably would have been one of the many to change his radio mid-song to appear too preoccupied to read his message.


Alana Wilson, in a crowd of authors, would be the one on her knees in reverence to all of the talent. Last year, she won an "honorable mention" in her college's writing contest. She once had a Brief Encounter with Anonymity.


Bob Jacobs said...

This is a great 6S, Alana. I only hope it's fiction, of course.

Alana said...

Thank you, Bob. There is a guy that stands on a corner in Santa Rosa, CA and each morning I would see him on my way to work and his sign would read "Please Buckle Up." I have no idea why he was there, but I enjoyed writing a six about him, his perserverance and his message.

Bob Jacobs said...

I'm pleased to hear it's fiction. You did a great job with that little piece of observation.

Shaindel said...

Nice work, Alana! :-)

Now, your mission is to write a bunch of sixes of this quality, all strung together. I'm afraid I might have ruined your writing career by getting you addicted to this site! ;-)


austere said...

Completely enjoyed this. You know which part? that line where you write about the shifting gaze, and then the sadness at the end leaves you with a lot of why's.

Alana said...

Thanks, again! I really do appreciate your comments... it makes me feel all yummy inside! ;-)