Monthly Archives: July 2021

Who We Were

The house had been torn down years after a tornado ripped the roof off and shattered windows, the force strong enough to collapse the second floor balcony, send all ceiling fixtures crashing to the floor, and threaten our hopes of … Continue reading

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The Win

I slept through my first alarm, hit snooze on the second, finally awakening to the sound of an inflated rubber ball bouncing on the blacktop, a steel basketball rim vibrating outside my window. Blackout curtains made it appear as though … Continue reading

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Watching You

My first job was at Tea Time, a small shop in Midtown, tucked between restaurants, condos, vintage clothing stores, pizza-by-the-slice parlors, bistros, and galleries. There were always customers, most taking their tea to go, others sitting inside or on the … Continue reading

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Water

Max did not plan on going to his first swimming lesson without a fight. The week leading up to the lesson he feigned illness twice, pleaded, and bartered. “I’ll clean the whole house,” he grabbed the broom and started sweeping … Continue reading

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Through the Fog

It was going to be the four of us, Tatiana, Jane, Desiree, and me, but my sister, Dana, called that afternoon, in usual fashion, needing to talk. “Sure…you can stop by,” I said and hung up the phone, checking the … Continue reading

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A Sand Castle

“I’m thirsty,” Avah whined. “No drinks in the car, sweetie,” I reminded. “We’re almost there,” Franklin said, looking in the rearview mirror at Avah who squirmed in her booster seat. “It’s taking a long time,” she cried. “I know, baby,” … Continue reading

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Love and Obsession

My sister, Maya, was newly engaged, which meant all of our conversations were about Derrick: her and Derrick, Derrick’s family and friends, their goals and plans, the funny things he said, when he said them, how he said them, where … Continue reading

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The Long Way

“Let’s take the long way,” Marisol said, hopping into the front seat. She let out a sigh as I started the car, leaned against the door, her head in her hand. We were on our way to our mother’s house, … Continue reading

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In Concert

“It’s only two hours away, but…” Greg said. “We have to go,” I interrupted, grabbing him and jumping up and down with excitement. “It doesn’t matter,” I said, pulling away. “I’ll drive.” “I have to work that day. There won’t … Continue reading

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The Carpool

Beth arrived promptly at 6:15am in front of my house every day, Megan in the front seat, Nicola in the middle seat of her Dodge Caravan. The side door slid open, and they waved me in, their morning cheerfulness contagious. … Continue reading

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