Tuesday Surprise

I rushed in with the bag and my brother practically jumping up and down yelling at me to open it. He was excited about the cookies but it was the Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate and cool whip that brought the smile to my face. My mom always bought Nestle Quik to make mine but this […]

Sibling Score!

Laying in the playpen, I clutched my baby doll close to me. The room was dark and my grandparents were fast asleep. I knew that the next day everything would change. And it did. My brother was born in late December making us three years apart. We grew up in New York with parents who […]

The Snake Charmer

The sound of laughter came from the swing my 3 year old daughter had just managed to climb onto. I smiled at her silliness and looked over at where my son was playing with his friend. It was beautiful outside. Life was perfect in my backyard at that moment. But as you know when you […]

The Wind Went Through Her

The wind pushed around her as she headed into the tunnel. Her bag grew heavier by the second and it seemed to slow her down. She trudged on. Determined and fearful at the same time, she thought back to when it all started. They had been sitting in a restaurant when the call came in. […]

Another Time. Another Place.

It was a morning that had gone by in a blur. Checking the mirror, I tried to flatten down my hair the best I could. Glancing back in the rearview, I could see the kids starting to get on each other’s nerves and I knew time was running out before my sanity was gone for […]

Unexpected Delivery

It was going to be a really long day. I can’t remember how I ended up working from open until close but such is the life of one in retail. To be honest, it didn’t bother me at all. One, I loved my job and two… there was nowhere else to be that night. Especially […]

Once Upon A Suburban Life

When we first heard there was a possibility of it coming, we got excited. Chatter began in different groups and we waited anxiously to hear the big announcement. It finally came after much speculation  and plans started to come together as the children played around us. Life would be so much easier. So much. The […]

The Reaction

We stare each other down for what seems like an eternity but in reality is all of 30 seconds. I try so hard not to look away or even blink. Something inside of me is screaming that he can do it and I wait. His answer is quiet at first and then when repeated gets […]

The Silence Of Our Words

A little girl once told her friend she was scared her family may have to move back to their country. She had no one to talk to about it. One month ago, a man my age shared that he just couldn’t trust her because of all the damage that had been done. He couldn’t share […]

Newspapers & Milkshakes

There were times he asked me to go and others when I begged for him to take me as all kids do so often.Walking next to him, I was quite small but could always see him looking out for me as we got ready to cross the busy street. He would show me how he […]