Sorrow's Just a Dream
Sorrow fully accepted brings its own gifts Pearl S. Buck
Sorrow Wilson's only wish every Christmas was for her mother to come home, or at least for her father to pay more attention to her. Since Sorrow and her father moved to the small town of Hanely when she was five, the locals have rumored that her mother had run off. Why else would a recluse like Russ Wilson be raising a daughter by himself? Her father had not confirmed, nor denied, the rumors until Sorrow turned fourteen.
At the enormous regional high school, Sorrow learns to stand up for herself, to ask questions, and to expect answers. Her literature teacher, Mr. Andrews, shows particular interest in helping her uncover her history and to discover her dreams for her future. Russ is forced by Sorrow's growing desire for a mother, and by his own jealousy of Mr. Andrews, to explain to her that her mother had died during Sorrow's birth.
While Sorrow grieves the mother she will never have, her father finally grieves the love he lost. Learning that she was all her mother had ever wanted gives her strength to support her increasingly depressed father. Opening up the past is more than he can bear, and during a breakdown he reveals that he had never wanted a child.
Sorrow's growing maturity and confidence comes just in time to accept that sometimes your dreams are all you have to go on.
(My mother's name is Dolores- Spanish meaning sorrows, her father died a tragic death when my grandmother was carrying her)
TITLE: A DAY LATE, A DOLLAR SHORT