I'm a soon-to-be retired paramedic in NYC. You can read my stories from the job at streetstoriesems.com.
- Third Place in Stray to Stay Challenge
The Station 57 Cat
There was a “meow” coming from somewhere in front of our station. We heard it at random intervals, desperate but also elusive. Two of the Emergency Medical Technicians I work with helped me canvas the area, using whatever meat products we could find in our break room refrigerator as bait. We are situated in a busy area of Brooklyn and there are many feral cats nearby, but none had ever called out to us before.
To Serve Man
As a child growing up in the 1970s, the mothers on our block would throw us out of the house each day during the summer, when we would roam the neighborhood unsupervised until the street lights signaled our return. It wasn’t just so they could watch their soaps unencumbered by noisy children. There was also a prevailing wisdom they all prescribed to that too much television made your brain go “soft”. It was bad enough we got a few hours in during the school year; they would not allow a summer filled with marathons of Gilligan’s Island and Gidget to be the undoing of all our learning.
I Am A Crazy Bird Lady
To most of the people who know me, I am a Cat Lady, the ‘crazy’ kind, as it is endearingly described. I joke that I was a Crazy Cat Lady before it was cool; the joke, of course, being that it was never uncool.
The Spencer Spectacle
Eddie was proud of the life he had built, beholden only to the two giant orbs in the sky which dictated the parameters of his very flexible schedule. His days were guided by the ebb and flow of light and changing seasons and he felt in tune, finally, with the world around him.
The Mouths of Hungry Babies
Was that the sound of dogs in the distance? Arnold couldn’t be sure. He didn’t want to believe they had tracked him so quickly. As he stumbled through the woods with his bum leg slowing him down and the light of day fading, Arnold decided that it might be better if he just hid out for a few hours before continuing on. It would give him some time to figure out what to do next.