The Camping Trip

Drew Nodar and Seth Grady stood up from our table to leave for hockey practice. My heart sunk. I would miss having Seth around. He said normal goodbyes to everyone, but when he got to me his eyes twinkled a little more brightly. He said, "and you. I'll see you later." Holy shit. I thought…

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The Short Story

It all started when I posted a short story about my experience visiting my boyfriend’s grandfather in the hospital. A fellow blogger found that post and recommended that I submit my story to Chicken Soup for the Soul. He explained that a friend of his had submitted several stories to the franchise, and that he…

The Hot Dog

It was my first time camping with virtual strangers. The only people I knew sitting around the bonfire that evening were my high school boyfriend Jonah, his cousin Alex and Alex's girlfriend Miriam, both of whom I'd met only once, at Christmas. We were camping with a mix of their friends. They were all a…

The Boat Ride

I don't have a great memory. Sometimes my friends think I do because I post blogs based on memories. The truth is: all memories are fiction. Nobody can remember exactly what was because even what was, wasn't really uniform when it was occurring. Everything that happens is subject to each individual's personal perception of the…

The Storm

Another dreary winter in Leafton meant lots of warnings about adverse weather. Flurries, freezing rain, extreme cold, harsh winds and huge snow squalls were constantly impending. None of these things were ever as bad as when they hit right in the middle of the already messy rush hour commute. "They're calling for 30cm of snow…

The Attack

I wanted to stand atop a chair and yell as loudly as my voice would allow, "I'm not doing it for attention! These tears are involuntary!!" I wanted to scream it from the rooftops, bellow it through a megaphone. But then, of course, that would just draw more unnecessary attention upon myself, which is exactly…

The Award

I pulled up in front of my co-worker Amanda's house and took a sip of coffee. Despite the ability to wake up half an hour later than usual this morning, I was as exhausted as ever. At least today was a PD Day, and we wouldn't have to teach. Today would consist of a routine…

The Steering Wheel

Troy and I lightly jogged across the parking lot, anxious to get into the car. It was freezing outside. We swung open the doors to his BMW which was already beginning to heat up, thanks to his automatic car starter, and jumped inside. I instantly felt the relieving heat on my back and upper thighs…

The Wallet

It was late Sunday afternoon when I realized my wallet was missing. I searched my apartment high and low for it, but came up short. It was gone. "When did you last have it?" Asked my boyfriend. I scanned my memory. I definitely had it when we were at Walmart the night before. I used…

The Bearhouse

When I was in my senior year of high school, I thought that I would become an elementary school teacher, despite the fact that I had had in my life, very little interaction with young children. To rectify this fault, I got the bright idea to apply to The Bearhouse, a store where kids got…