A Penny Earned

A Penny Earned

My sister and I laid on the bedroom floor, sweat sitting on our upper lip and dripping from the back of our knees. We were bored, really bored. Usually we were good with nothing to do because it meant there was some fun to be had, but the Summer heat had zapped all aspirations for play. [...]

First Role of Responsibility

First Role of Responsibility

The thin strap to my shiny and scuffed Mary Janes was worn and only holding on by a few remaining stitches. My little fingers fidgeted with the buckle, trying to be careful not to break it.  Not today, I thought.  Today I will have pretty shoes and a pretty dress and ruffled-underwear.  Today I will get a [...]

Let’s Try This Again

Let’s Try This Again

Five years ago,  I put this little "Oh By Golly" hat on the top shelf, purposefully out of reach.  It would take a lot of growing before I allowed myself to reach for it again.  Man, I had lost perspective, and I had believed so many lies .  You guys, when this happens, pull the [...]