Darkness Inside Us

There is darkness inside all of us.  And the darkness came first.  It is there at the beginning and it will be there at the end. Sometimes it’s just the sight of a running tap or the worn tread on a big black tyre that triggers the light to go off and the darkness to come in.  Part of me, locked in a cellar with something in the corner that never speaks.  And it’s so dark, I don’t even know if my eyes are closed or open.  Mine are always closed.  I pull my knees up to my chin and hold on.  Hold on.  Wait for the light to come back.

My little girl brings me light. She’s only four years old and last Saturday morning she said she had something for me.  You see, she gets sad when I go away from home and going away is something I do most of the time.  In fact, I’m gone far more than I’m home.  So her teacher printed off a map of the world and my little girl colored in where I was (New York) and where she was (London).  Then she stuck gold stars on the map that went from New York to London.  She said to me, “Daddy. This is a map of the world.  You are in the orange place and I am in the red place.  Those stars show you how to get home.  That’s because I don’t want you to get lost and never find your way back to me.”

We all need someone to turn on the light. Someone to let us out of the cellar. Someone to show us the way home.

And always remember this, without the darkness, there would be no light.


  1. Kimberly McBride says:

    This is truly amazing stuff!

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