Box of Gold

“Nana, why is that old lady so grumpy?” Amelia’s granddaughter crawls up onto her lap. They sit together in the lounge of the nursing home. “Well my darling, sometimes we all have bad days, don’t you agree?” “You don’t ever get grumpy, Nana.” “Well now, I wouldn’t say I never get grumpy, but I have…

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Deja Vu

He’s watching me, waiting for that perfect moment, but those perfect moments don’t exist. I peek at him again from over the top of the funnies section. My mother sits innocently across from me, eating her toast. I know something is on his mind and I wish he would just spill it. My dad clears his…

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The Greater Life

It wasn’t the sun so much as the humidity that made her uncomfortable. Little droplets of fresh sweat formed above her brow but she didn’t bother to wipe them away.  She sipped her homemade strawberry concoction out of the plastic, neon-orange cup her daughter loved. She had splashed some vodka in the blender just to…

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A Momma’s Choice

His sad, mocha-brown eyes say it all. Don’t leave me here, Momma! He will never forgive me. It won’t matter that he ‘s only eleven months old; he will remember everything. When he turns sixteen, all the hurtful feelings of desertion will crawl back into his heart. He will lash out at me when I…

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A Dangerous Concotion

Oil and water will never mix. Some things are just meant to stay apart. Yet some elements are drawn together, even when the results can be catastrophic – like throwing gasoline near an open flame. With hormones raging and impulse control lacking, adolescents make each other an easy target while growing up.  Looking back at…

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