Tenth Day

For a few minutes, I thought it was over. Thomas texts a Tweet. “MPS is happy to announce…” it reads. I can’t finish it because I’m driving. If the district is happy about something, it’s got to be a deal. It’s over, I think. Will we get to go back tomorrow? Or Monday? No. I…

Ninth Day

I don’t care that it’s nice out. This is hard. Another account of the day in 50 words. I think of kids with special needs, needs beyond supervision. I think of teachers having to work two jobs. I think of how easy it is for us to go for a walk and I know it’s…

Eighth Day

Even though we have All Day, we wait until Normal Time to practice. Then I look up and see it’s 8:15 PM and no one is in jams. Then I realize time doesn’t matter. I remember distance learning kicking us into outer space where we spun – still alive, somehow – untethered.

Seventh Day

I am confident we won’t have school the rest of the week. Here are 50 words about the day. This one is “No Change.” The district e-mails. The subject line is, “Negotiations continue; classes canceled Tuesday,” leading me to believe they think we could be back on Wednesday. Which is when I read the e-mail…

Sixth Day

This one is “Snowmelt.” Snowmelt flowed down the path at the nature center we visited. What a jerk, moving so freely like that, directly under my feet. I’m tensing about the week to come. Bedtimes never matter when we switch to Daylight Saving Time or the Sunday before the second week of a strike.

Fifth Day

I call this one “Too Much Not Enough.” We run in circles. We cry standing. Outside is gray. Inside is, too, until the baby plays peekaboo. Tasks accomplished like springs; push them down until you can’t hold them back any longer and damn it if they don’t knock you over. It’s way too much and…

Fourth Day

I call this one “She Goes Away.” “What is most exciting about going to Mexico?” I ask. “The sun,” she replies. “It will be sad.” And at the airport, I try not to say, “Have fun,” and yet I fail. Telling her to have fun is imposing on her an agenda. To lie is always…

Short Story Club Titles for March 2022

Our stories for March 2022 are… “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” by J. D. Salinger (1948) and “The Final Performance of the Amazing Ralphie,” by Pat Cadigan (2021) and “The Finkelstein 5,” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (2018) We will gather online in March 2022 to discuss. Join Short Story Club

Episode 15 of Read Write Review

In this episode, I read Part Two of my three-part prompt challenge. I offer another prompt, “…a character … answers the door to nothing but an intricate envelope on the ground; an invitation.” I recommend the podcast The Slowdown. Please feel free to join my two groups, Short Story Club and/or Creative Connections online. Find…