elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Picture Postcards by J.M. Snyder

Picture Postcards is a bittersweet short story about two young men who have made some big mistake but luckily enough they are still young and able to correct them.

Donny was in love with his college mate Greg, but Greg had some issue to admit he was gay and in love with Donny; he searched the easy way out, he convinced himself and other people he was in love with a girl and he was eager to marry her, so eager that he didn’t want to wait. He was so good in convincing them that Donny believed him, up until the night before the marriage when Greg maybe in the wrong way searched for Donny’s help. But Donny was sad or angry, or a bit of both, and he was not able to help Greg.

Now years later Greg is again searching for Donny’s help, he is again reaching out towards Donny, and Donny is again unsure, he doesn’t know if he will be strong enough to help him. That is the point, despite the fact that probably it’s Greg who has made the bigger mistake, despite the fact that it was him that was unable to admit his feelings, I think he was the stronger of the two, and in the long the more honest. Even when they were in college together, Donny was able to admit with himself that he was in love with Greg, but then he was waiting like a princess in her ivory tower for Greg to do the first move, for Greg to be the first to use the L word, for Greg to be the courageous one. I think that maybe, with a little help from his side, Greg probably would have not committed the worst mistake of his life.


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Tags: author: j.m. snyder, genre: contemporary, length: short story, review, theme: college

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