She sits pressing down her crinoline skirt with her sweaty palms and leans back on the slatted church chair. She waits. There is no air in this fellowship hall, so she swings her legs back and forth and looks down at her new black shoes. The boy next to her turns roughly and nudges her. […]
Chapter 3 “Meredith?” Dad was leaning on my bedroom door, his eyes careful and soft. “Are you okay?” My thoughts vanished in a cloudy poof, and I was back to the present. “Yes, Dad,” I said, but I looked down quickly, thinking he wouldn’t see my face. I never could hide much from him, and […]
As i stood on the porch, sweaty and miserable, I let the tears roll down my face as they wished. And something dark and small felt like it was beginning to grow deep inside me.
To the Doubters: I should make it clear at the start that I watched every single Apollo launch from home or from a black and white television placed on a big stand at the front of the school auditorium. It didn’t matter how long the launch took. Every single elementary class was present to watch. […]
I am not afraid of much any more. Height doesn’t bother me as long as it is not combined with speed, I’m good. Oh, I should clarify: speed as in roller coasters. That’s just nuts. I can’t even watch them on television. All right, I can tolerate roller coasters if I have to because I […]