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Model Irony

by Chris Sorrenti

Each pay day, Jim stops off at his local hobby shop
and buys a new model kit; a hobby he's enjoyed since a boy.
As much as the models though, Jim is in pieces, for when younger,
it seemed he had an endless amount of time to build them,
but precious little money. Now an adult, he has plenty of money,
but little time.

Looking out from his closet, the models cry for assembly.
"Pick me! Pick me!" they shout, as he sadly looks up and down several rows.
Finally choosing one, Jim will work on it for the afternoon,
then return it to the closet … still incomplete.
Weeks later, he'll pick another and repeat the process.

When Jim closes the closet door, the models argue among themselves,
each putting forth why Jim should have worked on them.
They all finally agree he shouldn't have bought any models in the first place
if unsure when he could finish their construction.

One day, out of frustration,
Jim takes all the models down to the local hobby shop,
sells them back to the owner for half the amount he originally paid,
and decides not to buy or build any more.

At first, afraid they're going to be destroyed,
the models talk nervously among themselves, then realising Jim's intentions,
imagine who might rescue them.

Some are indeed bought ... but for children, who like Jim once,
have little money, but plenty of time. The kids quickly assemble them,
but without the same care Jim could have with all his years of experience.
Some of the children see the models as toys, and before long,
these end up in the garbage, damaged beyond repair.

The rest are bought by men, a few thinking them an opportunity
to regain lost childhood.
Still others buy the models because they enjoy collecting and building them.
Each of these men takes his particular model home,
where waiting in their closets are row upon row of other uncompleted models.

© 1993

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Posted on 03/10/2016
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