Tag Archives: Children

Sacrificed

Daniel packed his trucks in their plastic case and then sat on the sofa, his hands stuffed inside the pockets of a puffy blue coat. “I’m ready to go now,” he asserted, watching me eat the last of my breakfast. … Continue reading

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Endless Summer Days

Summer days felt endless, and we were unstoppable, resistant to the heat, sudden downpours, and hunger. We thrived on blackberries, sour grass, hose water, tag, and hide-n-seek. There were seven of us all together, my older sisters, Mira and Josephine, … Continue reading

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Predictable

I slept for maybe five hours before my alarm blared, jarring me from a disturbing dream about a pizza delivery to a boardroom filled with men and women in suits, their heads on backwards. Enticed by the smell of coffee … 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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Garden Street

In a small corner of the city, tucked behind the river, behind brush growing wildly across undeveloped land, is a quiet street. Misnamed Garden Way on the GPS, it is lined with trees, ones that were all planted on the … Continue reading

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In Time

Evie got out of school at 3pm. She made it to the car by 3:11pm. We were out of the parking lot by 3:15pm, headed for the Whole Life Care Center to see George, whose surgery was scheduled for 4pm. … 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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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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“Candy Girl”

The new guy at work quit after collecting his first paycheck, leaving a pile of unfinished contracts Grace asked Claude and me to take home over the weekend. “And what is she going to be doing?” Claude huffed, his chair … Continue reading

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While We Weren’t Looking

We watched from across the field while the search team continued ploughing through piles of clothes, counters lined with dirty dishes, stacks of flimsy magazines and newspapers. They scraped mysterious substances off dry wall and wood floors, unmoved by the … Continue reading

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