Monthly Archives: August 2021

Drive

As punishment for taking my dad’s car on a joyride and getting into a fender bender that he had to pay for out of pocket, I spent two months with my paternal grandparents on their farm, shoveling manure, feeding goats, … Continue reading

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Intersecting Lives

Only four checkouts were open, each with a long line wrapping around snack and soda displays. Some people stared into their phones while they waited; others sifted through the items in their baskets, double checking their lists. Children grew restless, … Continue reading

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A Magical Place

I visited my mother on Saturday mornings, after she had eaten her breakfast, taken her meds, and watered her plants, mostly Devil’s Ivy, their long vines climbing across heavy picture frames, wrapping around decorative furniture, spilling from the mantel like … Continue reading

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Hesitation

“You’ve changed,” Nina complained, leaning on the counter as she stared at me. “Not really,” I said, filling the teapot. “I’m just going through something…I guess.” “What?” Nina grabbed a banana from the fruit bowl. I started to speak and … Continue reading

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Erased

She showed up at my grandmother’s burial, standing in the distance, watching, weeping, wavering on whether to come closer. A low whisper turned into an audible grumble, an urgent call for her removal. “You’re not welcome here,” they shouted, pointing … Continue reading

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The People Who Came When We Called

I slept most of the trip, wedged between my cousins, George and Eddie, in the back seat of my uncle’s caravan, the middle seat occupied by my older sister, Lily, and my younger sister, Jane, both dozing in an out … Continue reading

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Not a Mother

In the evenings my mother and several women from the building took a five mile walk, round trip, to the community center, checked the bulletin boards, and then headed back before it got too dark. I rode my Barbie pink … Continue reading

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Broken Pots

“What are you doing?” Stella asked. “Nothing,” I plopped on my couch, clicking through tv channels. “ “Uh…meet me at 1818 Auberry Court.” “What…why?” “I need your help,” she said, her background suddenly noisy. “What is that?” “How long is … Continue reading

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A Farewell

In high school, my friend, Trinity, and I worked as Candy Stripers at the hospital. The vision of the future we had then included becoming nurses, working at the same hospital, living in an apartment overlooking the city, and marrying … Continue reading

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The Masked Man

Ayanna invited me to her sister, Adrianna’s” party as her plus one. It was supposed to be a small affair in their newly landscaped backyard with rented tables and chairs, food catered by Lucille’s, and a DJ to keep the … Continue reading

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