The Twilight Zone

What a lovely story reading today by Suzanne Piovesan – one that anyone who’s ever been harried by a young child will identify with.

Last year, Suznanne’s story, The Twilight Zone, was  a runner up in the Eternity Matters Short Story of Life category. It was published in the 2017 anthology, The Gecko Renewal, and broadcasted on Life FM.

Little boy on a sandy beach with a yellow bucket

This is her story behind the story:

I wasn’t planning to enter the Stories of Life Competition. I first heard about it through my good friend, a writer and past Tabor student, Sue Jeffrey. In fact, I felt I had no stories that were particularly relevant.

However, on the closing day of the competition I decided to enter my story “The Twilight Zone”. I had to reduce it by about 800 words and just met the deadline before it closed that evening at midnight! I enjoyed the process as I was able to really reflect on the events and polish my thoughts further.

We adopted our son as a 3 year old and pretty much hit the ground running as parents. Our son is a lively character, funny, charming and exerts a lot of energy. This can be loads of fun but also quite draining! Combined with the need to guide him through new experiences and, at times, past trauma, I have found parenting to be both a challenging and rewarding experience.

I recall this particular evening at Grange beach very well. I was feeling pretty exhausted at the time and remember the impressions which I felt strongly whilst walking along Grange beach to Henley in the twilight. Just like in the true account of this moment, I felt as if God was lifting my spirits and encouraging me in my parenting role. I had a surge of hope for the New Year and a sense of His strengthening. I had the wonder of connecting my senses to some very special moments in China during our first days as parents.

The family in Shanghai

These memories are unique and treasured for all parents, of biological and adopted children. We can’t live on memories alone though and, through writing this story, I have been reminded once again that God is the strength we need in all seasons of life, the hope that gives us endurance. I have also had the privilege of hearing from others who connected with my story in various ways, including friends and family who have grown in their understanding of what parenting a child from a complex background can be like. It has been a rewarding experience to participate in Stories of Life.

Suzanne Piovesan

An older boy running with a dog on a leash at a beach
Max, with the family dog, Sandy

If you need to polish off a couple of words from your story, or have a couple of ideas but don’t know where to start, why not register for our free editing workshop tomorrow? Bring along your work if you’d like to get some feedback from our panel of experienced writers.

Not sure what to include in your story? Here are my thoughts about what a story needs in a blog post titled ‘A question of interpretation’, published today by the Australasian Christian Writers.