Please is enough.

She masked her pain until she couldn’t take it anymore, and now here I was, for the second time in a week, witnessing her vulnerability. I wanted to walk away. It was her problem, after all. I couldn’t fix it.

But I had to try. 

I didn’t have to like her, or trust her, but I decided I was no longer going to be afraid of her. I needed to do something. But what? My fingers reached anxiously for a braid, but then I stopped them and folded my hands at my waist. Dear God, I prayed silently to myself. Help me . . . help me to . . . And then I remembered Jackson’s comment in the woods.

“Please is enough.”

So, I wordlessly added, Help me . . . please

This feels like an important passage from Suddenly Rural Girl, the Christian YA Novel I’m close to wrapping up. I’m looking forward to shifting from the editing to the publication phase, soon, and that’ll be another fun and challenging process. For more quotes from SRG, other authors I’m reading, and updates on Suddenly Rural Girl, follow my blog at or my Facebook page @Dann Hurlbert, Author. Thanks in advance!

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Dann is an educator, Media & Design Guru, Author, and Public Speaker. He currently serves as Media and Design Specialist at an impressive little Midwestern College where he works directly with faculty to develop effective instructional videos. He has an MFA in Digital Cinema from California's National University, a BSED in English and Theatre Education from the University of South Dakota, and a certificate in Online Education from UW Stout. He was founder and principle owner of Little Prompter, LLC, a teleprompter design and manufacturing company until he sold the company in 2020. Prior to joining Carleton's staff, he taught communication, theatre, and video production for approximately 15 years while working as a professional actor and director--appearing in over forty national and regional commercials and directing and editing dozens of videos and musicals. Dann’s MFA thesis project involved writing and directing an original, full-length musical, filming the entire development and production process, and editing it into an educational DVD entitled How to Write and Produce Your Own High School Musical. His DVD is currently being distributed by Films Media Group.

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