Monthly Archives: May 2021

Tiny People

Grandpa Beau moved into the house behind ours the summer of my seventh birthday. While we partied in the front with inflatable pools filled to the rim, a blue Slip & Slide spread across the grass, and water balloons we … Continue reading

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Make the Bitter Sweet

I arrived early, hurrying from the parking lot to the one empty, shady table near the door. Families sat around big, round tables licking ice cream cones, racing the sun as it melted their creamy treats. “I’m here,” I texted … Continue reading

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The Journey Home

We parked a couple blocks away and walked to the blue house that had always been like a second home, cars already filling the cul-de-sac, a dream for any parking enforcement officer. The smell of meat grilling greeted us at … Continue reading

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Let Loose

They were an hour early–couples, friends, families–standing in a line that wrapped around the building, the night air tickling their skin. Dressed in pressed suits and sleeveless dresses, jeans and collard shirts, fresh off the barber’s chair trimmed, edged; new … Continue reading

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What had been Hidden

I moved from one end of the state to the other, renting an apartment unseen after an hour long conversation with the owner, hoping to escape the part of myself that had always been afraid to leave home. “How do … Continue reading

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Chips & Salsa

I drove to Aubury every two weeks for a recurring meeting with my sister, Mari, who insisted we go to Lyon’s, her favorite restaurant. The Saturday afternoon crowd usually meant a thirty to forty minute wait, during which she rambled … Continue reading

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Until She Found Words

There was always something happening on Cypress Lane, especially during the summer. From one end of the street to the other, kids collected, blocking cars with their basketball games, racing neighbors arriving home from work, their paint-chipped Beach Cruisers and … Continue reading

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All of the Small Flowers

Sydney was a senior analyst at Data First who had helped me get an assistant’s position at and then move up to analyst after a year. “I see myself in you,” she said when I asked why. She picked me … Continue reading

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Pomp and Circumstance

Families of grads stepped out of cars, collecting themselves on their way to aluminum bleachers sparkling in the sun. They followed the long line of parents, grandparents, and siblings, dressed in their Sunday best or casual t-shirts and jeans. Flowers … Continue reading

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Forbidden

It was my first, and last, year at Woodside Charter School, a small campus hidden behind St Joseph’s high school. Visitors often confused the two, taking the time to park their cars in the crowded lot and find the front … Continue reading

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