Come Tomorrow, You’ll Regret Today by Patrick Trotti
Trotti’s “Come Tomorrow, You’ll Regret Today” is a collection dedicated to the
marginalized in life. The experiences shown throughout the book vary in terms
of intensity and ability to change a life. Some of these are from the
perspective of children, the awkwardness of speaking in front of hundreds of
people with a fly undone. Larger perspectives deal with the loss of a leader,
the only one who could shepherd a group of children to adulthood, in a
community where the disappointment of generations lingers through the air.
Every one of the short stories deals with these events at different moments in
their lives: some are moving towards that inevitable downfall, others are mired
in it, and still others are only starting to leave it behind.
does not happen for these individuals. The concept of success appears to be
foreign for most of these characters. Words describe these fortunate ones as if
the fortunate ones live on other planets, ones different from the planes of
existence that protagonists call home. Coping mechanisms are created to help
these characters deal. A few try to escape through drugs and alcohol. Plenty
more try different elements, trying to ignore the telltale signs that their
life is going downhill. Hence a visit to a parent happens in a crime-ridden
festering sore a few blocks away from a White Castle. Many more try to dream of
different scenarios, of a world where parents listen, where ambition not only
exists but isn’t a pipe dream, these are what guide the protagonists down their
concept of salvation is explored in depth. Many of the protagonists serve as
mere flies on the wall. While they see their friends going down they wonder
what could have been done differently. On their computer screens they see the
loves of their earlier lives debasing themselves because they need the money.
Individuals are exiled out of their comfortable homes due to a bad decision.
Fragility remains one of the main themes of Patrick Trotti’s work as all of
these characters discover that their lives can be transformed in a mere
instant. They suffer from looking outward and seeing the world as something
they will never be a part of, of a world built by others and made for others.
taking apart piece by piece all the different forms of isolation that exists,
Patrick Trotti offers a snapshot of what it feels like in modern day aimless