Blessing or a Curse - A Very Short Story

Mary, upon gaining a divorce and losing her home, was looking forward to a nice quiet, peaceful, little apartment in which to live in. Her parent’s, wanting to purchase her grandmother’s home, convinced Mary to purchase their home so that they would be free to make the acquisition. Many of Mary’s friends congratulated her on the purchase of an equitable home, to which she said, “Is it a blessing or a curse? Only time will tell.”

Eight months later in her quiet and peaceful home, Mary found herself struggling with a mortgage. In order to assist with bills Mary let her friend Tina move in. Again, many of her friends congratulated her on finding someone to help. Mary simply said, “Is it a blessing or a curse? Only time will tell.” After five months of costly damage wrought by Tina’s two dogs (which Tina did not reimburse) her peace and quiet was destroyed. Mary requested that her friend move out. Mary found herself alone in the peaceful house again. As before, her friends came, this time to commiserate. Mary simply said, “Is it a blessing or a curse? Only time will tell.”

A few months later Mary allowed her son to move in as well as two nieces while they were attending a local college. The house became crowded, noisy and wrought with conflict, but each person paid a certain amount for rent. Mary’s friends congratulated her on the added rent and assistance with mowing and shoveling snow. Mary simply said, “Is it a blessing or a curse? Only time will tell.”

Two years later, the nieces graduated college and returned to their hometown, while the sonstayed to finish his own degree, leaving Mary with a large monthly utility bill, yet a quiet peaceful house. As before, her friends came, some to commiserate, while others to congratulate. Mary simply said, “Is it a blessing or a curse? Only time will tell.”

Avie Layne 2012