Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family.
The Miracle of Life
John and Jen waited excitedly for the result, but he was getting impatient. “Surely that’s it Jen, it must be ready now!”
An aunt is the female sibling of a mother or father, however being aware of what an aunt truly is and what her role is are two very different things. American culture, which tends to put the nuclear family at its core, leaves the duties of an aunt quite undefined. However, within more collective cultures, like Hispanic and Asian cultures, the aunt's role is much more demanding and defined. Irrespective of cultural differences and norms, there are a number of crucial things any aunt ought to be prepared to do.
The Light I Live [ch. 2]
Chapter 2: Miseducation 101 For starters, my mother was still trying to figure out what type of woman she should be within the context of a relationship, being the strong willed and hardworking by-product of her father. From my impression and perspective of society, most men aren’t really up to the degree of sturdy to take on the privilege and honor of being with a strong woman, and at hood level, even less. So we witnessed a lot of in and outs, and had to deal with all the intricacies and nuances of these suitors trying to integrate with our family structure (and in almost every case horribly failing). There was Joey, the neighborhood loser, who I later found out was an addict and involved in the type of hood things one would’ve thought would make a person the least attractive. Mom was desperate, nuff said. Then there was this dude Indio, a mixed breed (Black and American Indian) who was abusive to both us and mother, and looking back on it if my mind could process racism then, I’m sure that had a lot to do with it. I don’t recall anyone else, but these two were a pretty lethal brand of poison until the one that definitely shouldn’t have been successful but got to my mom in the worst way came along: A man named Gerald Crawford.
Exploring wildlife with my family in a new city!
Exploring wild life with my family in a new city! It was just before the summer of 2019 when my family and I decided we needed a change of scenery for a minute, so we decided to move to Georgia. Things were different than what we were use to coming from the DMV, so we treated everyday like it was an adventure for the first six months. We stayed in nice hotels for a few weeks, to have the whole tourist experience and boy was it so much fun! Our first couple of adventures had everything to do with animals, we first ventured out to the aquarium in downtown Atlanta. This wasn’t anything like the aquarium in Baltimore, this place was massive! The first thing on our agenda was to see the dolphin show, of course I suggested we sit on the fifth row with hopes to get my family wet lol.
'The Animals Are Having Sex'
Diego, my 27-year-old son, has posture issues. He tends to look down, which compounds the problem. So on our long hike in Grand Teton National Park, my husband (Cesar) kept trying to find ways to motivate him to keep his head up.
As I lolled on the beach, I noticed a boat streaming along the horizon, taking me back to the last time I’d gone sailing with my father. I was fifteen, and he'd just started teaching me to sail. It was his 50th birthday, yet somehow we were celebrating my newfound proficiency at the tiller.
The Witch, the Light Keeper
Looking through the small window at the base of the lighthouse, Abigail dreamed of a life she could never live. She spent each day watching whatever moved: the comforting rise and crash of waves on the rocks, migrations of birds, or ships on the horizon. Abigail always wondered what life would be like aboard a ship, only when she saw one she knew it would soon be gone.
The Sea Thief
She was 43 when she became a hardened criminal in the eyes of her two boys, on a hot, still night, in the middle of a Great British heatwave. It had been too hot since their holiday started, and she was sick of Derick telling her that soon it would break as if the weather were a glass tank and they were trapped inside of it. Perhaps, if they had been trapped there alone things would have turned out differently, but with Owen and Jake there too she felt that there was no air left to breathe. Mummy I want, Mummy I need… and then they would be running off to play with Daddy who was cooler and funnier and more interesting than she could ever hope to be.
"I don’t want to watch TV." I’m in too much pain to focus, even if I did want to spend my last days watching banal soap operas, which I don't.
Follow The Daisies
"How’s it feel to finally be an adult?” “No noticeable difference. Just happy we can finally go on those trips we’ve been dreaming of. Yours is coming up! And the girls’ birthdays are both in Spring, which is in no time. We should start saving up...”
Desperately Seeking Seashells
Maddie's stepsister Remy had never seen the ocean before. As their parents settled into the seaside home they were renting for the week, Maddie helped Remy unpack all her beachwear before they headed down to the oceanfront. But even as Maddie watched the calming waters beyond while a small ship pushed along in the distance, she noticed Remy wasn't admiring the view. The little girl was crouched down, her hands dug in the sand.
Rebecca adjusted the curtains and peered out once again. Time stood still. She needed to see something moving, something alive to keep her grounded. It was late afternoon, and soon the setting sun would give out too much glare, but for the time being, it felt good to look out at the horizon.