Out Of the Ordinary

Out Of the Ordinary

A Story by Edmund Reilly
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Out of the ordinary is where interesting things happen

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When I was a child I used to wonder what it would be like to have a bird that could meow, a dog that could fly, and a cat that could eat cooked carrots without complaining about how he would have liked them better if they were raw.

I was a peculiar kid with a strange imagination. I remember how I used to dislike visitors, especially those boring ones who would bother us for hours talking about nothing important but politics, economy, and others’ affairs. Talking with them was not amusing enough and it always felt forced and unnatural. When I was five I used to stand in the staircase with my arms wide open to block the way and shout at the visitors “Leave now! Go back to your own domiciles from whence you've come!” I may have phrased it rather differently however, but the message was the same nevertheless. My Dad then would rush me aside and apologies for my poor manner. My father invigorated social gatherings, unlike me, who always found them rather uncomfortable for one needs to work hard and pretend much in order to please everyone at once. I was never good at doing that. 

I was a peculiar kid indeed and as I grew older, I learnt how to manage my behavior in order to avoid unnecessary complications. For instance, I came to learn that I should not be honest, but I should, however, praise honesty and talk fondly about it; for you see, people often appreciate honestly just as long as it is agreeable, and when it is not, they call it impertinence. So in fact, it is niceties that they all like, but honesty is a fancier term, is it not?

I also learnt that having imaginary friends after the age of six, or better put, friends that only I could see and talk to, is something that I should not speak of unless if I wanted to freak someone out. However, I also came to understand that writing stories about imaginary people is completely fine and people do not find it to be strange at all. On the contrary, they call it creative and artistic at times.

But the best thing I learnt is that there is this circle, this rather small and purple circle, and it’s called the ordinary. Whatever else that is outside the circle is out of the ordinary and further away from the circle we get more queer things become, and that is where things get interesting. Nobody’s ever born into that circle. But as we grow up, we often tend to draw this circle around ourselves and cage ourselves inside it. Perhaps, the reason people like stories is that it reminds them of what it was like when they were kids outside this ordinary and dreary circle. 

This is how one begins to write! Writing begins when you come to accept that birds could meow if they liked to and there would be nothing wrong with it whatsoever. In fact, a meowing bird would be more interesting because it would be doing something that other birds could not. Just like people. Isn’t it the same story with people? There are those of us who live to do and resemble what everybody else has already done and is constantly doing, and those who … well … I guess you get the point.

Before I end this jumbled story of misadventure, there is one more thing I would like to mention, and that’s about the colour of the circle. The only reason I think that the circle is purple is because I really do not like eggplants!


© 2016 Edmund Reilly



Author's Note

Edmund Reilly
This is a short story that is nor true or invented. It lies somewhere in between just like most stories do. So please do not assume this is a page from my diary, but at the same time do keep in mind that it very well might be.

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you may have guessed that I'd like this one, Edmund. I'm partial to humourous writes. serious and interesting points brought up by light humour. well done Edmund. to my mind, one has to be out of the ordinary or else they'd be boring. the eggplant is a nice touch haha. they're not too bad when they're fried you know.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Edmund Reilly

1 Year Ago

Haha thanks :) I'm glad you liked it it. And thank you for your feedback too, it means a lot to me.
Woody

1 Year Ago

pleasure :))
Quite a fabulous and humorous piece of writing. The first paragraph gives you a good start- with good humorous lines; mewing birds; cats eating boiled carrots.
The way you have talked about how people look at honesty is excellent. Though people say honesty is the best policy, but when things start going against them, they call honesty the worst policy.
And, you further talk about being different- not being caged in the purple circle. Really, as people grow up they become austere and do whatever others do. They do not try to be different. This idea has been brought out in a perfect manner by you.
Plus, I like the 'eggplants' line- it is very interesting to read and sort of alludes to the fact that the writer is being honest.
A good piece of writing, with one- inadvertent, I believe- error:
LAST PARA- You have written 'one more things' instead of 'one more thing', by mistake. Do correct it and you will notch up a full score.
Very well written and keep writing.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Edmund Reilly

1 Year Ago

Hi! Thanks for dropping by and thank you for you feedback, it honestly means a lot to me. And I fixe.. read more
Great. I like your sense of humour while making some serious points. I can identify strongly with your idea of the circle and would place myself somewhere in the vicinity of the circle but would prefer not to be too specific.
You might enjoy my story 'the gardener'
thanks,alan

Posted 1 Year Ago


Edmund Reilly

1 Year Ago

Hi and thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you liked it. I will certainly drop by soon and check.. read more
I think eggplants are disgusting and this piece of writing is inspirational. I want to write and dream and imagine a world where birds meow and all other interesting things happen! I want to be extra ordinary... always out of the ordinary.

This is beautiful, thanks for sharing :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


Edmund Reilly

1 Year Ago

Thanks for dropping by :) and I'm glad you liked it.

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