I sat through the whole singing Happy Birthday business with a smile on my face.
Lighting the Way by Jonathan Odell
…40 years after I escaped Hazlehurst, MS, it turned out there was only one place in the entire world that housed documents I needed.
Widowmaker by Renee Soasey
Dave’s heart attack didn’t make me a widow, but it made me a widow in the making.
Checklist for a Sign-Making Party by Ren Cedar Fuller
My high schooler turned away, willing to march but not chitchat with me.
The Twenty-Karat Golden by Rebecca Houghton
“What do I get?” John barked. Ever since I filed for divorce, he asked constantly: “What do I get for 8 years of marriage?”
Unfolding by Dheepa R. Maturi
Two months ago, she showed me the 52-year-old fabric, folded into a neat rectangle.
Via Crucis Via Lucis by Cynthia Gralla
The nurse told me that if I resisted the insertion of my nasogastric tube, she’d restrain me and shove it up my nose. I was 11.
Goodbye America by Itoro Bassey
I went to a Buddhist monastery…to find relief from the usual suspects: workaholism, relationships, the 24-hour news cycle…
Imposter Syndrome by Maria Hetherton
You start wearing a habit, the first thing they tell you is “Watch it around toilets.”
A Balancing Act by Joy Riggs
I sit in the parking lot outside my parents’ senior apartment building and hit the FaceTime button on my phone.