by Alone on the Isle
I would like to take a moment to thank those that helped me get to where I am today. To my parents, you feigned interest, tuned me out and forgot about me; without your complete and utter lack of attentiveness to my life, I never would have proved that I could do it on my own. To the friends who bailed, thank you for calling me a sellout, a quitter and a showoff; had you not offered unwavering criticism, I may have returned to that godforsaken town to resume my pathetic and predictable life. To the girl who spurned me, if you had returned my blind love, the woman of my dreams would now be warming the bed of another. To my boss, if you hadn’t openly criticized me in front of my colleagues, stripped me of my dignity and worked me to the bone, I may have continued to mindlessly assist you, only to let my chance to live in paradise slip through my fingers. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you all for the small part you played in making me the man I am today.
Alone on the Isle, author of Parental Guidance, is a twenty-something male, making a go of it on an island while his friends and family move on without him.