Train Track and Rail Rides

When the train goes fast, I can’t help but notice that I’d never be able to jump off safely. I look at the secure latches on the boxcars, hear the screeching of metal on metal, and pray that as I stand here firmly on this ground, the sound of the train shaking my eardrums, nothing…

Lit

We sat at the high-top table at our usual meeting place. It was the first day of Spring Break. Four glasses on the table, two with ice water, two with straws. For two hours, we sat, and we talked. We talked about life and kids and husbands. About sisters and dogs. About our plans for…

Gulfstream

“What do you want to do today?” It was already past noon. We had started our day – a little later than usual, thanks to the guy who got up at dawn to feed the dogs so that we could stay in bed on this last day of Spring Break – with a batch of…

What Sustains

The furnace kicks on and I listen for the igniter to catch, sending warm air up through the floor vent just to my left. This sound is drowned by the low rumble and back-and-forth tug on the ball caught between my two-year-old pups just the other side of the laminate floor of my office. I…

Countdown.

Countdown. Twenty-five minutes. I have been alone at home long enough to get in a run and hang some laundry. Then he text (texted??) me “L,” as in Left the shop, and on my way to you. I’ve since finished the laundry, read some posts, and now the true race is on. Countdown, twenty minutes….

Free Fall

She stands waiting for the elevator, her eyes full to bursting. She wipes the corners of her eyes with the inside of the scooped neck of her shirt, and, eventually, as the streams overflow to streak her cheeks, she swipes them away with a flick of her wrist. She paces back and forth in front…

¿Quién es?

Tonight’s lesson en español: Necessito ayuda. bark. bark. bark. Quiero algo para tomar. Bark. Bark. Bark. Me gustaría BARK. BARK. un BARK. café. BARK. BARK. What the…??? ¿Que es? I open the back door. My dog, the long and lean one, stands with his front paws inches away from the top of the wire fence…

Sólo un poco

Quiero aprender a hablar español. Hablo español un poco. Sólo un poco actualmente. Yo puedo comprender un poco. Yo puedo leer un poco más. Es dificil a comprender español cuando el es hables con rapidez. Cuando yo escribo en español, es más fácil. Estoy aprendiendo.

Less Tonight

There is less on my floor this evening. Fewer boxes. Fewer piles. Fewer furniture. (Is furniture plural? Like fish?) There is less on my desk this evening. Fewer papers. Fewer piles. Fewer files. (Does anyone else succumb to the stacks of stuff, yet know exactly where everything is?) There is less uncertainty in my home…

Joy Created

They sat around the table at the end of the day. They chatted while they worked. Parallel play among colleagues. They share stories of their days: A field trip to see butterflies and hold the tarantula, an iPad full of pictures and Tweets as proof. A budget meeting and a plan for next year already…