It may be surprising, but there are times when I really count my blessings.
A short story by Sue Thomas. First published 1994.
The story of this story.
‘All Strapped In’ is the second story I have republished in Medium. It appeared in a number of different contexts and I can’t remember which came first. It was broadcast as a BBC Radio 4 ‘Morning Story’ in 1994 and repeated in 1995. Also in 1994 it was included in a collection I edited for the Overlook Press, New York, called ‘Wild Women: Contemporary Short Stories By Women Celebrating Women’. The anthology was published in the UK later that year by Vintage Press, London. Then, five years later, in 1999 it was selected for inclusion in ’47 Modern European Short Stories’. It was translated into German, Danish, and Finnish, and published on CD and in paperback by Forlaget Systime, Copenhagen.
The story reflects the sense of being an outsider/onlooker so familiar to many of us, and which can feel especially acute in public places. It also draws upon the pain of children and parents when a relationship breaks up, which I know something about. It appeared in my head suddenly, all in one piece, and with no particular prompt that I can remember. I hope you enjoy it.