Best Story of the Week…April 8th

I was feeling blue, so I did what I always do, went out for a walk.

I found myself at the Library lost in the stacks, starting with Vonnegut, backing up to Mailer, then Hemingway hoping for some solace from the ether.

When I found myself facing Pete Hamill, lingered a bit, wiping my eyes remembering him, his parting still fresh before leaving.

As I came out, a father and his little girl were walking by hand in hand.

A little Irish girl she looked like, with curly red hair and white tights over her diapered J-Lo butt, toddling happily, the hem of her dress teased by the breeze.

She gave me the sweetest smile, sparking one in me.

I looked at the proud dad and said, “She’s the cutest, and you both look very happy.”

His smile matched hers, just a bigger version, when suddenly she leaned over and took my hand.

I was so stunned by this tiny gesture from this tiny being, choked up beneath my mask.

I felt that warmth moments before I was so searching for, as the three if us, hand in hand, slowly made our way to the corner.  

Thanks Pete, who had two little Irish girls of his own.      


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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33 Responses to Best Story of the Week…April 8th

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    The simple innocence of a child. They give love so freely.
    I’m glad she parted the clouds for you.


  2. Dale says:

    The young… They are so aware, I think.

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  3. What great comfort from the little one. Thanks for sharing, Susannah.

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  4. Patricia says:

    Wonderful best story of the week. When small children sense what we need they often offer it without hesitation…then they grow up.

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  5. Holding hands is healing!! What a sweet story!


    • Anne, that hand was so little yet it had a such strength. I was moved by the whole thing…the father’s lack of mistrust. Not pulling her away, as if he knew what she was all about already…tender and kind. He was handsome…tall with an Irish face, just like Pete’s. I don’t think I conveyed that in the piece too clearly, but that’s where the thanks Pete, came from.

      Have a lovely weekend. Thanks, as always. I still see you and John chasing that cow. 🙂


  6. Sorryless says:

    Pete took the call and as the legendary newsman that he was, he knew where to go with it. 🙂

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  7. Children have an instinct about people so it’s clear that you have a very gentle demeanor. So sweet of her. That would have made my day too. 🙂

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  8. Little hands, smiles, and diaper butts can make any situation brighter ❤

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