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It was my forgetting the little red tie for her school uniform that finally broke me, realizing my five year-old will not match the other small plaid Catholic soldiers today when they attend mass at 8:15 am. I should forgive myself for this error as it is the first Friday of the school year, the first Friday mass, except I'd reminded myself several times during the week to remember the red, to adhere to the rules, to be perfect and impress. I also forgot that I was due at Parent Information…Continue
Elkins Road snaked through quiet tree-lined neighborhoods, along pristine golf courses and past an "exemplary" high school. Corinne noted a marching band standing in the school parking lot, stiff white soldiers in tidy rows who practiced line-ups at each summer's end; instructors stood on towers above them to get a better view of flaws in the lines, just as the gods were watching Corinne now as she began to make messy decisions about her life. She'd been "sliding" forever, marching in one…Continue
I was a Dallas Cowboys fan for about five minutes, a hiccup of loyalty born of two Marker's Mark Bourbon and Diet Coke cocktails, but a question burned away the fog of imagined team spirit: What Is Football? During the last game I attended my mind was flooded with images of soldiers at war, homelessness, world hunger, disease, poverty, our dying Social Security fund and the national deficit all juxtaposed with the expense of attending a football game -- the $300+ tickets, $15 kobe…Continue
When Daddy announced Mama wouldn't be coming home, Tessa quickly ran outside to cry alone with her best friend Othello, a magical seven year-old cat she believed could transmit wise thoughts. She wasn't exactly sure what Daddy's news meant but felt jagged things in her throat and stomach. She watched the blond grasses lean in the direction of the wind, invisible caresses passing over shimmery wheaten waves. Othello remained quietly…Continue