IF you know Dallas, this tiny story’ll make sense to you. 

IF you DON’T know Dallas, this is a perfect place to start!

From “World Without Love ~ A Collection of Short Stories that Together Tell a Story (page 7):



(Summer 1956)

I didn’t write this first story.  I’m only retelling it because I think it explains a lot.

Evidently, way back in the summer of 1956 – the summer before my third birthday – my dad took a job as a fire-watcher up in the wild mountain timberlands of northern Idaho.  He climbed a tall wooden tower each day to survey the forest for telltale signs of trouble, while my mom, my baby sister and I stayed in the tent below.

One warm August night, apparently I’d had enough of the idyllic existence and wanted to get on with my life. 

So I left.

Mom and Dad didn’t know what to do. 

I was nowhere to be found. 

Alone in the wilderness.

Darkness everywhere. 





Up high on the next ridge.


What was that?

(I had taken the flashlight with me.)

I was still trudging along when Dad caught up to me.

“Where you goin’?” He asked.

“I’m goin’,” was my reply.

“Goin’ where?” He pressed.

“Just goin’.”


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