“I don’t think that you enjoy anything until you’re good at it,” says one of my oldest friends, trying to entice me to move out of the children’s ski area. It is the spring of 2000, that sweet spot in the aughts. The fears about the turn of the new century have fizzled and September 11th hasn’t rocked our world yet. My junior high school buddy and I are in beautiful Lake Tahoe for a long weekend. Each of us is negotiating one of life’s many curveballs; me a divorce, he a law firm move. Neither of us has ever been to Tahoe so we meet there to retreat and rejuvenate – and try something new. Lake Tahoe is the… READ MORE
Category: Fiction Fret
I’m sorry I’ve aged. That gravity has taken its toll on my tits. That my metabolism has slowed and my discipline waned. I’m sorry that my brow furrows more and that my laugh lines appear regardless of my humor. I’m sorry that my standards grow higher as my ass lowers. I’m sorry that you think I should actually apologize for the aforementioned. In truth, I’m not sorry. Sure, there are days when, at a stoplight it’s a tough call; do I yank out an errant grey hair from my scalp or a witchy stray from my chin. Naturally, I wish that workouts were as effective and easy-to-recover from as they a decade ago …. I’d love to have gained the… READ MORE
The lariat bound them together. Literally while she strangled him. And then figuratively for the rest of her life – which was spent in the family’s attic where she would knot and unknot the very same rope that had robbed her of the title she coveted most: mother.
The shoes I will wear tomorrow are to fancy for the day. But, they will shine because my daughter will wear a matching pair. Proudly. Lovingly. Voluntarily. And we will each click our heels while we are apart And know that our souls are bonded.
I just called To talk about my teeth Again. The teeth that you bequeathed me The teeth with which I gnash upon memories Of you. The teeth that are aging faster than I hope The teeth that bear the damnation of your DNA The teeth, for which I pay, pay and pay. Your legacy, my teeth Mother, like daughters Our trio of tusks Damaged. The teeth that join us three Separated by a continent, across phone lines we complain Of our shared dental doom Implants in, another’s out Couldn’t one of us have married a dentist? Gnaw, Nibble, Crunch I chew upon the memory Of the trio, we were once. Gnaw Nibble Crunch Can we scrunch back to that place?… READ MORE