Dog Bite

I was only four or five years old. They had told me not to try to ride the dog, but for some reason I hadn’t listened. We were in the driveway of my grandmother’s house, with its dark and sandy soil and its large dip in the middle, me and this long haired, black and […]

Group Dynamics

The facilitator looks around at the faces of the group. She asks a question, and her eyes rest on mine, and I nod; she says okay, tell me, then, and just as I’m opening my mouth to answer she turns her head away to look at someone else. It shouldn’t bother me. I know it […]

Relationship

“Thanks for calling me back,” she says sweetly. Her voice is like ribbons of sunshine that stream down through dark foreboding rain clouds and tickle my face – so genuine, so giving. I love her. I know it’s not right to say that but she validates everything I say. She makes an effort to see […]

Don’t ever embarrass her

The couch was orange, of a hue that every piece of furniture, wallpaper, rug and bedspread from the seventies seemed to be. Or rather, it was white with large orange and brown flowers scattered all over it. It was a large pattern so the placements of the flowers really seemed random on the small piece […]

Overloaded

They kept distracting me, bombarding me with information, piling it haphazardly on top of me like an uneven stack of books. I could feel the fatigue begin to creep into my eyes while the anxiety worked at my body, unsettling me and making me feel like I was on the brink of losing my footing […]

Pain

The nurse’s feet traversed the emergency room floor with heavy, sure steps, her wide hips swaggering confidently. She stopped to lean against the desk in the centre of the ER, her left elbow resting casually along it as she placed the hand of her other arm on her hip while her eyes angled down to […]

Snap

She was alone, alone in the house, alone with this child, this little thing that required so much of her, every day, all day, with its endless cries for attention and its ceaseless needs. Her darkened reflection stared back at her in the brown glass of the longneck accusingly, her features droopy and defeated from […]