Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
The Wakefield Doctrine isn’t all work and study and learning and such. It is not! It can be fun. If you enjoy ‘people watching’… well, let me just say, the Wakefield Doctrine is ‘the Sibley Guide to Birds, the Michelin Guide, Roget’s Thesaurus* and ‘The Joke and It’s Relationship to the Unconscious’ rolled into one big, all purpose magazine-kind-of-thing. Seriously! With the perspective of the Wakefield Doctrine, you need never find yourself bored, as you sit in the airport terminal, or in the back of the class or at the cafeteria at work or… or waiting for the cashier to pay attention to the 16 items that you’ve placed on the moving belt, with the bar codes all pointing upwards.
Besides this kind of fun, because we have a blog for the Doctrine, we also have talented friends. And these friends do not only enjoy being creative, they have the writing skills to successfully pull-off things like writing challenges and prompts and such. zoe is one such friend. she has this thing, ‘Six Sentence Stories’. It’s a great idea and the people who participate each week, come up with the coolest little story-ettes.** In any event, I persist in my belief that if I associate with people who have the skills that I covet, I’ll be more likely to develop my own. And so, today, one more attempt at a ‘Six Sentence Story’.
They sat in the car, the engine running, the lights off. At 1:35 am in October, the world was quiet, as if intending to leave the couple alone with the time, to take the next step. The glow from the car’s radio, cast everything with a slightly blue tint, making the interior of his car seem like a display in a well-intended, but clearly under-funded museum.
“You know this is the right thing to do, don’t you?” the question in her voice, meant to soften the decision, only increased the pain.
“Sure, of course I do,” his words coming to rest on the dashboard, like a badly re-folded roadmap.
To himself, a last attempt to accept what must be, “I suppose I have to let her.“
* Steven Wright joke: “What’s another word for thesaurus?”
** not a real word