Most new college graduates are trying to figure out what they are going to do with their lives. That is just the case with Magnolia who goes by Maggie. She is a cynical, art graduate who has become bogged down with her life circumstances. She finds herself at home with her fragile, single mother when she receives a call from her great-aunt Lorraine.
Lorraine offers Maggie a summer job watching over her cottages in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Maggie accepts and her experience at the beach changes her life entirely. Maggie’s particular affections for the magnificence of creation and the kind people at the beach lead her to a new life guided by faith.
The morning after graduating from art school Maggie sleeps for hours and hours until she cannot sleep anymore. After squirming around in bed for a while, she lets her head drop off the side of her four-poster bed so that she is surveying the landscape of her bedroom upside down. Her long, light brown wavy hair falls off the side of the bed, dangling piece by piece. She looks around at the mostly dark paintings and posters she has on her walls and then stares at her cap and gown crumpled up in a pile on the floor next to her black combat boots. She wonders what good an art degree will do and how she will make a living.
The piercing voice of Maggie’s mother interrupts her thoughts and breaks the silence. She yells, “Maggie!” Maggie is startled, jerks her head and ends up bumping it against the wooden frame of the bed. “Get out of bed already. It’s ten thirty and I’m up. You must be feeling better than I do. Get your lazy self out of bed!”
Maggie is still hanging upside down, grimaces, rubs her bumped head and sarcastically responds only in a low voice to herself, “Oh the joyous sound of my mom’s sweet, melodic voice in the morning.” Maggie stretches her arms out too far, loses her balance and falls out of bed. “Ugh…figures. What’s her problem on this first day of the rest of my life?”
Maggie walks down the dim hallway to report to duty, only to find her fragile mother Carol in the kitchen sifting through junk in a cabinet, looking for pills. Maggie leans up against the wall between the hallway and the kitchen. Carol’s morning greeting consists of, “Well it’s about time. Have you seen those pain killers I put in here?”
Maggie responds, “No. Why would I have anything to do with your stupid drugs?”
Carol is frazzled, which is her common state ever since she developed a dependency upon prescription medications. She takes her focus off of the cabinet and looks directly at Maggie.
“You’re not taking drugs are you?”
“No, Mom, you are.” Maggie grimaces back at her mother finding it unbelievable that she is being asked this question.
“Well, I don’t know what you are talking about. The doctor gives me medicine.”
Maggie turns away and only comments under her breath, “Yeah I know.”
Carol returns to digging through the cabinet and suddenly shoves all of the bottles making them topple over, bounce off the counter and fall to the ground in a loud ruckus. She leans over on the counter with her hands running through her dark hair and moaning. Maggie turns around abruptly at the crashing noise, but offers no consolation. She can only look upon her mother with disappointment. She rubs her eyes and starts to return to bed when Carol’s phone rings. Carol miraculously perks up and hurries to her phone to answer.
Much to Carol’s surprise a peppy Aunt Lorraine is calling and asking how she is. Carol responds, “Oh, better than some, worse than others.”
“I hope there are less worse ones. May I speak to Maggie?”
“Oh, okay, she’s right here. Maggie, it’s for you.”
Maggie takes the phone wondering who is calling her on her mom’s phone, but she quickly recognizes the voice. Her great-aunt Lorraine cheerfully offers congratulations, “Congratulations on your graduation!”
“Besides wishing you congratulations I just had one of my brilliant ideas, so I had to call you right away.”
“And what idea is that?”
“I want you to come to Cannon Beach and watch over the cottages for the month of June.”
June Bliss had a song in her heart and a love for big productions from the very beginning. Since every song and every production needs a good story, writing became an obvious career choice for her. Bliss originally worked full time at Nickelodeon and then transitioned into freelance video production and writing. She is a graduate of Biola University and completed a program at The Los Angeles Film Studies Center. She hopes to continue telling stories in various mediums. Bliss resides in
with her husband, Ben, and her faithful writing companion, Sasha the chow chow. New Mexico
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