Tag: 2022-Flash-06

Christmas Blues

Christmas Blues

Thankfully, my mama allowed me to wear my favorite pink shirt. She probably knew it would add bonus points to grammy because pink is her favorite color. Throughout our drive to grammy, mama and papa teased me about the cheap gifts that I would get, but I didn’t let them bother me. I was very […]

Early Christmas

Early Christmas

Tradition. Passed down from generation to generation, family to family. It exists for years, decades, and possibly forever. Everyone has a tradition, whether it’s big or small. My favorite tradition happens every Christmas Eve at 9 pm. “Time for gifts!” My Gramma announces to my family. “Come to the living room.” Bursting with joy, we […]

Nice Try

Nice Try

The moment I walk in that door, Aunt Bella will jump in with a barrage of questions about my poor life choices. I barely attend family gatherings, but this one’s inevitable because cousin Jeffrey is getting married. The nail in the coffin, as I’ll be the only one unmarried. Anna, my girlfriend of one year, […]

Siblings

Siblings

There were three Frobisher siblings. Each hated the others. Dominic was eldest. The others hated him because he was successful. Cynthia was next and was detested because she’d divorced four husbands and was still playing the field. Clive was dependent on State support and illegal substances, never having worked in his life. Theodore Frobisher had […]

Mom, Dad & Me

Mom, Dad & Me

MOM “I wish I could sleep forever.” She said it casually, like commenting on the weather. She wouldn’t look directly at her son as they sat sipping coffee. In his 50s now, he had his own problems. “Seems like I’m tired all the time,” she said. She wasn’t looking for pity. That wasn’t her way. […]

Rock and Roll Is Healing Music for My Soul

Rock and Roll Is Healing Music for My Soul

His song blasted on the radio like a Toronto thunderstorm. It was tense with humidity. Her voice sounded like beauty mixed with embers. The beginning strums on the guitar led to desperation and aloneness. It echoed my already heightened insecurity of what ‘home’ would now look like. My first experience with rock and roll was […]

Mourning

Mourning

“Your mistress has died, but please do not leave. Your new master will be an excellent one.” John sighed heavily. Head bowed, his calloused palms pressed against his young daughter’s hands in prayer. The words fell ponderously from his dry lips like stones into a pond. John ruminated over how every living species had a […]

Dreaming of Dianna

Dreaming of Dianna

“You promised you’d help me,” I screamed, as the nurse lifted the newborn from my arms and handed her to a stern-faced nun. “We are helping you. We’re going to find your daughter a good home.” “Her home is with me!”  I was practically incoherent, sobbing and trying to climb out of bed. After a […]

House on the Hill

House on the Hill

Fuzzy memories fill my head from the past years. The chilly breeze of Ohio, the warm hugs of my grandmother, and the days when I saw all my cousins. I was only five then, so all of the memories have perished into nothingness. All except one – my Gaga’s house. I remember her little house […]

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