Help Wanted
Robert Lopez

Someone is at the door and asking for help. This is like when I walk down the street and see a sign in a store window that says, Help Wanted. I always want to go into the store and ask them what kind of help they need. I want to ask them if it is urgent, if someone needs medical attention. I always assume someone has collapsed and is dying on the floor, someone that can’t breathe on their own and is in cardiac arrest. This is why I never go into stores that have a Help Wanted sign up in the window because I don’t want to see something like this. Maybe certain people want to see something like this but they are one of two things and I’m neither. If people know anything about me this is what they know. I also don’t want to see if this isn’t the case, if no one is on the floor and can’t breathe because then I’ll want to know what all the fuss is about. It could be they only want help in the kitchen, doing the dishes, and that will be a disappointment. I don’t like doing dishes and I don’t think anyone can blame me. There is something wrong with my hands, I lose feeling in them. What happens is I start working with my hands and before long I feel the pins and needles and soon they go numb and I have to stop whatever it is I’m doing and shake them out. This is one reason I don’t like doing dishes, but there are others, too. I won’t go into the other reasons because who cares anymore. Not the people who know anything about me, that much is certain. It’s like when I was a kid and I would ask my mother for help with my homework. I can’t remember what she would say, but I’m sure it proves my point.

Robert Lopez is the author of four books. His most recent book, Good People, was published by Bellevue Literary Press in January of 2016.