Written by: Paula Limbaugh
“As a history teacher, the first thought that came to her was those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat.”
We all have regrets, some more profound than others. We all transgress, sometimes we can forgive and other times we cannot, especially when it is our self that needs forgiving.
In Tim Waggoner’s novella Deep Like the River we meet Alice, a school teacher. She and her sister Carin are on a day trip, canoeing. Today would have been Alice’s daughter’s 1st birthday but alas little Marie is no longer with us. Carin the older sister has planned this day of fun as a way to help Alice forget about the day. Instead we ride along and watch helplessly as Alice begins to disintegrate.
The day starts out pleasant enough until first Alice, then Carin hear the cries of a baby. After locating the child on shore and with no evidence of anyone else being around, they decide to row back to the canoe rental shop and call the authorities. As we wind back down the river, we realize that this is no simple story told in black and white, oh no, this allegorical tale is deep and rich in the telling. Alternating between flashbacks and present day, the distinction between reality and fantasy becomes blurred as we are taken further along and eventually deeper into the river.
This is a powerful story, one that we all can take a lesson from. Sometimes the monsters within us are the scariest of all. Another great read from DarkRegions..