Monday, 1 February 2010

Monday Male

Meet Michael aka Otin, a 44 year old Construction Foreman who spent his youth in New Jersey and lived in different parts of the state.  After graduating high school, he started working in a restaurant for a number of years until he decided to take a job with the family construction business.  Internal family problems drove him to move to North Carolina where he has lived for 14 years.  Michael recently started using his pen in addition to his sledge-hammer and started writing about eight months ago.  I love visiting his blog to read his short stories.  He also enjoys boating and fishing in addition to his writing and blogging.   "You may agree or disagree but I hope you'll at least be interested".

Michael enjoys taking Road Trips to meet his fellow bloggers.  Go and visit his blog Wizard of Otin and read some of his wonderful writing.

Michael especially composed an original story for this weeks Monday Male.

You're a sweetie, Otin!  Thanx again.


OPPORTUNITIES MISSED (Copyright)

Phillip had always been all about advancing his career and doing his best to build a business that would provide for his family. He departed the house each morning before the sun came up and often did not return home until eight or nine in the evening.


He had missed a lot in the past twenty years. Anniversaries and birthday celebrations were not very high on his priority list. Vacations and family get togethers were always put on the back burner, usually for business reasons. Eventually the children grew into adulthood and the house became just a place for him and Maggie.


Maggie did not ask for anything special from Phillip. She knew that he worked hard and that he did it for her and the kids, but she had always hoped that he would do something spontaneous. Maybe buy her some
flowers, or a pretty necklace, or even just tell her that she was loved.


Maggie felt very neglected in the love department. There was no romance, no affection, and very little in the way of sexual pleasure. There was almost nothing. She never stopped hoping. Maggie had many pportunities to stray into the arms of another man, but never acted upon her womanly desires.


One evening, while sitting at his desk and going over the same redundant paperwork that he had been going over for the past thirty years, Phillip began to gaze out of his office window. There was a whole big world out
there. A world of glitz and entertainment. Maggie was right, life could not be all about working. He left the papers on his desk and grabbed his coat. For the first time in so many years, he would leave a project incomplete, and it felt kind of good.


Phillip stopped at the florist and picked up a dozen roses. He had to make one more stop and then he would head home and work on trying to plan a family vacation.
He parked the car, grabbed the flowers and made his way through the front gate and up the walk. He laid the flowers at the foot of the headstone which read: MARGARET SANDERS Loving Wife and Mother.


Sorry Maggie,” Phillip said out loud, the tears rolling down his cheeks. “I should have listened to you years ago. Can you ever forgive me?”


He felt a warm breeze caress his body. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but he took it as a yes.


Phillip drove home and called his children, who now were grown up and had their own families. They were all up for a family get together.


Maggie was happy now. Phillip had brought her flowers.

43 comments:

cat said...

Oh this is so sad!

otin said...

Thanks for the spotlight! I really appreciate it. I hope that you liked the story!

Gaston Studio said...

Oh, how sad Otin! Poor Phillip, for not taking time to smell the roses (and buy some for Maggie) before it was too late.

Well done!

Jill said...

Too late? No! Say it isn't so. ((sigh))

Great story Otin! AND, enjoyed popping by your place Gillian!

Lori said...

Otin is a great person and writer. This story brought tears to my eyes as I've known this story personaly. I love the message of this story. The time is now!

mo.stoneskin said...

Beautifully written old chap. And I've said it before, but when you write like this I love it.

blueviolet said...

It's a beautiful story and he's really a terrific writer! You couldn't have picked a nicer male blogger to feature.

TechnoBabe said...

I've been reading Mike's blog for awhile and I agree with you that he can write a great story. This is one of them. There is usually a message in his stories which I also like. I like your Monday Male idea.

subby said...

Pretty good story( but then most of otin's are good anyway, heh... )

Nice of you to do this up, it is and I'll be round again, anon :)

the walking man said...

Better late to manhood than never.

Michael you would be a welcome addition to The Girls of Sunday Night!

Quirkyloon said...

A bittersweet tale that rings too true!

Great job Otin! Great job!

otin said...

Thank you Mark! I think....LOL!

AmyLK said...

What a lovely story! I love to read Otins stories!

Gillian said...

thanx for visiting my blog everyone. I appreciate it and feel free to look around.

Skye said...

Wow Otin, another great story from The Wizard! Thanks also for the link to this blog!

Gillian, great blog, I'm going to have to check out more of it :)

Brian Miller said...

otin is a great friend...and an even better writer. wonderful tale. hope most of us dont realise it that late. smiles.

subby said...

Heh...I was just having a look at your other bloggo. Both very nice :)

leah@fosterdog.com said...

Got a little choked up from Otin's piece!

Very nice to meet you, Gillian. I loved your 100 Things (I too did that last year...). Orange is my favorite color too, and I speak fluent knit!

Jessie said...

thanks for the tears Otin. sometimes people just don't get it until it's too late ...

Michele said...

Another brilliant piece, Otin!!

Well done, my friend.

And what a great site, Gillian!! I look forward to following along with you ;)

Me-Me King said...

@ Gillian - Lucky you, you couldn't have picked a better male blogger to feature on your blog.

@ Otin - Great story!!!

Gingeyginge said...

Another good story...This man has a way with words...

Travel & Dive Girl said...

What to say? Another great story Otin...

Nancy said...

Well done, Otin. Never forget the flowers.

Tracie said...

How sad. But I think it's a great story to post around Valentine's Day.

Otin is one of the best bloggers around. He's talented and a great friend, too.

{And I didn't say that because I know he's reading these comments. : )}

Maggie said...

Otin is amazing! :)

Stephanie said...

Ah, a retribution tale. Very nice.

Tom said...

Thanks for giving us a little more insight to Mike's world. And Otin...another unexpected twist. Score!

tattytiara said...

You never know where Otin's going with a story till he gets there, but you always know it's going to be good when he does.

gayle said...

This man can Write!! I love everything he writes!!

mama-face said...

I've been an Otin lurker turned follower for a while. He's a great and unique blogger. Very fun getting to know him better. Touching story.

rxBambi said...

came over from OTies site, he's the best, huh?

Great story Otie!!

Little Ms Blogger said...

That was a very touching love story.

only a movie said...

Ack, a sad story! Nice to 'see' you, Otin... :-)

Thanks for hosting, Gillian. Nice place you have here.

Matty said...

Another classic from the one and only Otin.

Thanks for spotlighting him Gillian.

Ronda Laveen said...

Great Male Spotlight! And very compelling tale.

Green-Eyed Momster said...

What a great tribute to our friend, Otin. He's a great writer and I think that he's the reason we met so I have him to thank for meeting you. He only has nice friends!

Hugs!!

P.S. I'm going to read the story at his blog since his font is bigger than yours is. My old eyes aren't what they used to be!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Okay, I came back to read it here...

Goosebumps!

Oh my gosh, another wonderful story and a reminder to live each day to the fullest!

Thanks and hugs!!

CatLadyLarew said...

Great choice for a blogger to feature! Otin knows how to take an otherwise ordinary tale and fill it with pathos.

Well done, Otin! Well done!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

You are sentimental of late, Otin. Brought a tear to my eye!

Ninnles said...

Oh how sad!Thanks for the introduction Gillian - will have to go check out his blog now :)

otin said...

Thank you again, Gillian!

sheila said...

So that's what you really look like. lol. Otin doesn't have that pic on your blog does he? Or did I miss it?

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