Shadow Talk 

(A short story about the difficulties that sometimes arise in communicating thoughts and feelings.)

One of the most difficult things to achieve in any relationship is communication.  Whether it be between a father and son, mother and daughter, husband and wife, brother and sister, two close friends, or two estranged lovers.  There are so many words to choose from; so many different shadings for each word; so many different accompanying gestures, expressions, nuances—each with the ability to change ‘black’ into ‘white’ or ‘yes’ into ‘no,’ or ‘go’ into ‘stay.’  Communication can be a very difficult—sometimes painful—endeavor.  It often results in misunderstandings, miscommunications, mistakes, confusion, emotion, and sometimes emptiness.  And yet it is the only thing that can truly unite us—as much as two separate entities can be united.  And so we keep on trying.  The only other choice is separation—and its painful extension—isolation.