We’d been following one of the church’s parishioners: Travis. When we arrived he quickly exited his car, approached us, and embarrassedly apologized for the state of the trailer. As we entered, I had to hold my breath because of the smell of mold. I just stared at the torn shower curtain just hanging.
My stomach was in knots at this point.
For the time being I can pretend that:
There isn’t a ranging pandemic sweeping through our lives.
We are not breaking records for new Covid cases.
Betty White did not just die.
This essay is very personal. Probably the most personal I have ever written. I did want to put a trigger warning that it deals with being raised by a narcissistic parent.
He was older, he was cool, I enjoyed hanging out with him. At that point, he had already started his piloting lessons and he would show me his log books, his route maps, and talk about different types of planes. This was what he loved--this was his passion.
This story starts with my sister praying for a dog at bedtime. I know my sister well enough to know that she really wasn’t praying for a dog, this was a coded message to my parents. Finally, my parents got the message: my sister wanted a dog.
Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain My father likes to retell the following story to anyone who will listen: “We were making our final descent into Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, straining our necks to get our first glimpse of our new home. When suddenly, Curtis said ‘I don’t feel good’, and proceeded to throw … Continue reading Part 1-OJ and Christ the Redeemer
"And I've got no illusions about you, guess what I never did
When I say, "I'll take it" I mean as is" --Ani DeFranco
He was so excited to tell Amanda’s students that his mom was dating Kermit. Never, have I been so proud to be referred to as a green frog.
He is a 17 year old with the soul of an old bohemian who has subsided on life, cussing, black coffee* and liquor.
It would be interesting to give a child a “temporary” name and let them decide as they get older. Granted you would probably have to go through a period when your child wants to be named T-Rex or Princess Ariel or Xyzfg