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Ralph the REALTOR® and his New Year’s Resolutions (An original, fictional short story by Elizabeth Nieves)
::VOICE OF GRUMPY MAN:: "What's that noise? Don't those darn kids know that I'm trying to sleep in here?" Ralph rolls over and looks at the clock on his nightstand. It is 9:54am, and the sun is shining brightly through the windows...another fact that immediately irritates Ralph. Pulling the pillow over his head, Ralph thinks to himself, "It's New Year's Eve. There is no reason to go to the office today. Why do I ever go? Business sucks these days, anyway."
Just then, "Ralph, honey, it is almost 10am. I made a special New Year's Eve breakfast...all your favorites." Under his breath, "what does she have to be so chipper about?"
"Ralph? Ralph, are you awake?"
"Yeah, I heard you. I'll be right down."
Sitting on the side of the bed, Ralph pauses with his head in his hands...the weight of the world pressing down upon him. "God, why is life so hard for me? Why does everything seem to go wrong for me? I just want to start over...and get it right this time. I'm so tired of trying so hard and getting nowhere. Uhh...I know I don't talk to you very often...but can you help me? Will you show ... more
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