Stating the obvious

Stating the obvious

“So, we’re not even mentioning the elephant in the room?” Chris, the baby, was the family troublemaker. “I’m more concerned with Nonie right now.” Patrick, the second-born, was the people-pleaser. “Of course you are,” Chris mumbled. “I’m more concerned with why there is a dead body buried under the leaves in the backyard.” Being the [...]

These two…

These two…

These two... Four years apart in age, the teens years were a trial. She wanted to protect him, he wanted her to stop mothering him. Cats and dogs fight with more civility than they did. Now, both in their 20s, they are best buds. His sister is a leggy, 5'9". Growing up, all he wanted [...]

Sibling rivalry

Sibling rivalry

"Have you told your brother?" Momentarily speechless, my mouth agape, I finally shook off my stunned silence. "No, and I have no intention of telling him." It was our dad's turn to be dumbfounded. "How can you not?" "It's really easy. I deleted his cell number from my phone, I blocked his emails, he never [...]

Crocodile tears

Crocodile tears

“You can stop the crocodile tears. You know whining gets you nowhere with me.” I try to keep my voice even, not needing to share our conversation with my fellow cafe denizens. All I want is a quiet morning to just sit and sip my latte. “This is settled. I’m not arguing with you.” Holding [...]