Earthling. Lifelong novelist and essayist.
Leap of Faith
People come and go, in and out of our lives. Some of them will make overtures of friendship towards us. Most of us have plenty of acquaintances but the number of people we consider true friends is much smaller. We have unseen barriers surrounding us; defensive lines we do not let just anyone cross.
Naming a cat is serious business. When I was a kid growing up my mother refused to allow us kids to have a pet. “Animals belong out in the wilderness, not near humans and certainly not inside a human home” she said. She always strived to maintain a perfectly sterile, germ-free home and, to her, animals were covered with germs.
When I was a kid growing up multiple decades ago my family ate dinner together at the dining room table. Back then people still did that. As far as I can tell, today many people eat their dinners together either on the couch in front of a TV or in their car.
The Old Man and His Snippers
By White Feather In his seventies, Franklin Hodges missed gardening. He also missed the house that had been his home for over forty years where he used to do his gardening. He had to give up the house, though, after his wife’s death. The medical bills had decimated their savings just as her death had decimated Franklin’s heart.