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Let Me Tell You

Let Me Tell You

“So, tell me about yourself.” “Me? Well, there’s not anything particularly interesting about me.” “Tell me about your social life, your favorite book, your family… anything.” “Well… My mom was the one who wanted me to do this.” “Oh, interesting.” “Yeah, but Dad was against it. He said I was strong enough to make it […]

Young Flowers Bloom

Young Flowers Bloom

There was something soothing in the cozy summer breeze that morning. A blissful peace draped over the oak trees and floated lazily through the flowers, coaxing the birds into a gentle song. The air itself hummed with joy. The woman sat comfortably on the grass with her forehead resting on the cold stone in front […]

Betrothal

Betrothal

I looked at my father with dumb disbelief. ‘Well, my son, have you nothing to say about this?’ ‘Father, I do not want to sound ungrateful, but I am only 18 years of age. Am I not too young for marriage?’ He laughed, deep in his chest. ‘You will be 19 before your wedding day. […]

Contact

Contact

Julia burst into her parents’ bedroom. ‘Mum, Dad, something’s happened to James!’ Agnes Greenwood sat up and switched on the bedside light whilst husband Victor mumbled and turned over. ‘Julia, it’s three o’clock in the morning! What do you mean?’ ‘Mum, we heard the planes going over about eleven o’clock. It’s one of those thousand […]

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 […]

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