Daughters

My dad used to bring my mom tea in bed every morning that I remember. Hot, sweet tea. Milk and sugar. He brought it in her favorite delicate pink Spode tea cup and saucer. She liked to sleep in. He was always up early. And after he’d spent time in his study with his books […]

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We are our mother’s daughters. Whether we want to be or not. My story starts with hers all wrapped up in DNA and days spent under the mango trees in Zululand. I have her crooked smile and passion for late night movies and ice cream. I have her love of dancing in the rain. Her […]

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So it happened. You turned three. And I watched you the night before in your doggy pajamas with your chest just softly moving up and down and your little snuffly snore. And all that life squished into that tiny bed and spilling out of my gut. My mom died 22 years ago and I don’t […]

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“I wuv you mama, you my BEST fwend,” she mumbles from the sacred dark. She has one tiny palm pressed against each of my cheeks and she smells of baby lotion and her dad’s Doritos. The night light shoots stars and the moon into orbit around about her and I’m star struck to be her […]

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“When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change Because you’re amazing just the way you are…. If perfect’s what you’re looking for then just stay the same.” ~Bruno Mars Twenty-one is a magic age. I remember. At twenty-one I thought I was awkward and too thin and my hair never […]

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We were in the middle of a snow ball fight outside Gedney hall my senior year of college when he said it. Justin Myers said to me, “No fair if you turn sideways, ’cause then you’re an invisible target.” While everyone else laughed it took me a while to figure out what he meant. In […]

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