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. [...]

Did your imaginary friend ever try to kiss you?

Did your imaginary friend ever try to kiss you?

I often found myself rummaging in my grandpa’s barn for tools I could tinker with.  I loved taking the wheels off my bicycle just to put them back on again.  It just felt productive and bad-A.  My grandpa, whom I have always referred to as Ampaw, limited me to the third drawer of his toolbox, [...]

My Fighting Days

My Fighting Days

When I was ten my dad put me in the ring with a neighborhood boy, James.  He was my age but stood a few pencil marks above me.  He couldn’t resist calling me names and pinching that sensitive spot under my arm .  I think the teasing is what drove my dad to force us [...]