Most recently published stories in Humans.
I do believe that bullying should be considered a hate crime. While a ten year old may think it’s all in fun, they may not realize the irreparable damage they are causing. If the behavior is allowed to continue, they may carry it with them up in to adulthood. By bullying I don’t mean simple picking and playing. The world has changed so much since people my age were children.
Why Me? I Still Care
A silent whisper I can remember very well, but the voice didn't relate to my fiancé. I woke up immediately after the random stranger trying to finish his "I love you beau-". I sat up in Fowler's position and directly focused my vision toward the stranger in my bed.
In today’s day and age, it's hard to find true love. Someone once told me I had to kiss a thousand frogs before I found my prince. I only kissed a few before I found him, only he was younger then I was, and I had just ended a long term relationship. As time passed, I thought about him every so often, even after he had found someone. I felt as though he had always been dedicated. Around the age of 13, he would go out of his way to ask me if his aunt and I were going out. Of course, for me, the awkwardness was that I was 19 years old and not quite into breaking hearts of little boys of that age. It wasn't until he was about 24 years old that I got the chance to see him again; see how handsome of a guy he had grown into. Even then, he'd go out of his way to chat with me. He'd even ask me out every time I'd see him after that. However, I always turned him down. I didn't want to ruin the long term friendship I had with his aunt. It was around this time I started thinking of him every so often. I went two years without seeing him at any of the parties she'd invite me to. I even stopped going after a while to any of the parties. It felt as though I was alone, just sitting there with no one to talk to. My friend would be busy hosting her party, which is understandable. I had gotten invited to one of her parties and I was able to convince my kids to go. Something that night, while I was getting ready, told me to look my best. Who knew that one day he'd become my prince? I wish I could show him my past, my past pain, and the happiness that no one knows of; the happiness I hide from most to see, because I don't want anyone to take it from me. He resides in some of those areas. He is the reason for some of my happiness.
Wish I May, Wish I Might
I was still dreading coming back to my old high school. My mother was there when I got the ten year reunion letter in the mail. She would not stop bugging me about it. It got to the point of me feeling guilty of not wanting to go. Me being the nice one, I gave into her, so here I am dressed in a tight black dress with baby blue details, higher heels on than I have ever worn in my life, and a baby blue mask that was so itchy all I wanted to do was go back home. The theme of the reunion was ‘Hiding from the Past.’ I’ll give them credit, it was pretty clever. When I walked inside my old high school gym all I saw were a whole bunch of people with different colors and masks on. Some I could tell who they were just by watching their movements. Others I knew didn’t even go to our school so they had to be spouses or something. I looked down at my bare fingers feeling even lonelier now that I came.
How Cell Phones Have Destroyed Relationships and How to Fix Them
What did we ever do before we had that handy little thing known as a phone? In the old days, before we had these neat little devices, we were forced to communicate with one another by speaking or writing on paper. In today's technology-centered society, we seem to have forgotten how to exist without a screen and a ding to tell us when to wake up, when to go somewhere and now these handheld gadgets can tell us when to drink water. We revolve around our phones, our laptops, and tablets. Since the introduction of cell phones, our society has become as addicted to them as an addict is addicted to a substance. Otherwise healthy relationships are destroyed, families are ripped apart, and we have lost our sense of self through the overuse of phones and like technology.
Love Me Not
So me and him had been dating for a good month by now. He picked me up from work and I didn't expect to be going out on a double date with him and his friends so it was already a bad start for me anyways. I had at least an under shirt I could keep on and just had to work with my baggy work pants while they debated on going to a bar or out to eat. I would have preferred to stay in all together, but didn't want to be the rain over the parade so I let them decide and they settled on a small bar that I didn't really care for, but I was hoping for the bottle that they had already bought before picking me up to put me in a better mood or at least forget just a little bit about how uncomfortable I felt. As we drove to the bar we were all drinking and the girl I thought his homeboy was with was slumped in the back unable to even go into the club so we left her in the car. I wasn't even old enough to go to a bar at the time, but because he was well known around the city we were from I was able to just slide by security once we finally made in it there. Right as I made it to the dance floor all the 50 and up faces that were staring at me made me want to turn back around, but he seemed to be cool with it so I just made my way to the back of the club where I smelled chronic.
Funny Valentine's Day Cards
Valentine's Day is getting close, and if you are super single you might want to take a look at some of these to lift the pain. Better yet, if your better half has a good sense of humour, maybe you can even send one of these hilarious cards.
I recently had a friend breakup. It's been one of the hardest breakups I've had. You never expect to get so attached to people, but then when you do, you don't realize it until it's over. In my case, I felt like I had been protecting myself so much from romantic relationships. I thought that by investing myself in my friends for a while, I would be "safe." The truth is that there may always be someone to show you that you've left yourself a little too open.
Kissing The Dirt
The ice cold wind whips around her face as her numb hands grip the bars, her legs rotating, pedaling quickly. Her breath comes in quick bursts, the cold air making her chest rise and fall with every intake. She feels every rock, bump and imperfect part of the pavement, she feels it through her bike, vibrating through her arms, activating every nerve in her body.
No Time for Head Games
The date began on the night we met at a "Flirt" singles mixer in a chic wine bar in Denver. My wing couple was Lisa and Doug, married and supportive of my quest to find Mr. Adequate. As a single mother in my 40s, I had seen several Prince Charmings ride away without me. The four main requirements of my future betrothed were he be kind, attractive, and have a job, and his own place. A private entrance to his mom’s basement apartment didn’t count as his own place. I had my standards.
Think Twice Before Moving in with a Friend
After living with my parents all my life, getting my own house felt like an essential. On top of that, it felt like freedom and a chance to be myself without my parents constantly telling me to do my chores and making every decision for me. The decision was easy. I’m getting my own apartment or house no matter what the costs are. From then on, I started searching for the perfect home. While looking, I brought the topic up to my co-workers who helped me search for a cheap house or apartment for rent that would fit my budget. After looking for some time, my friend mentioned that she was also looking for a place. We started spending more time together and quickly became close. I figured since my budget wasn’t very much, having a roomie would help with the bills and create more wiggle room for me financially. I never thought these decisions through as much as I should’ve because I was ready to get out of my parents' home. That was my first mistake.
Subtle Gifts for the Person You Just Started Dating
Those first couple of months when you're just beginning to date can be pretty tricky to navigate, especially with gifting. Part of the reason why this is such a hard period to date is because it's really easy to accidentally give the impression that the relationship is going too fast.