The Chickens

"Paul got chickens???" My best friend Cynthia texted me one afternoon. "Chickens?" I texted back. I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. "Like, as pets?" She sent me a screen shot of Paul's instagram, the latest picture featuring five chickens outside on grass beside my estranged cat, Zart. "Chickens!" I texted back.…

The Knock

I was curled under a blanket on the couch watching Friends and marking essays. My boyfriend Ant had long gone to bed, but I had at least another hours’ worth of work before I could join him.  “I’ll be there for you..” played on my television as the next episode began.  Then there was a…

The Border

I pulled my car up to the border patrol booth slowly. My hand shook as I handed the agent my passport. I hoped he wouldn't notice the moisture in the pages. I'd been gripping onto it in my lap since I'd hit the bridge. Always better to be prepared. "Where are you headed?" Asked the…

The Kiss

If you asked me about my first kiss prior to 2005, I may have lied and told you it happened at a birthday party in 8th grade. That's not because I'm a habitual liar, but because being older than 12 and never having been kissed seemed absolutely humiliating. Unacceptable, I'd decided. So I would tell…

The Days Before

On the Wednesday I met my manager for a quick meeting at a coffee house. The place was crowded, but we found some seats near the windows. We pulled out our laptops and talked business. On the Thursday I went to work at the largest university in my territory. I met with five separate professors…

The Dress

It was beautiful. With its wisping swirls of aqua, violet and peach, I could swear this dress was designed specifically with me in mind. I adored the abstract pattern, and I adored its unique look. This dress was perfect. And best of all, it was 75% off. There was a catch, however. This dress was…

The Chase

One of my grandma's favourite stories to tell was about how much of a little rascal my brother Michael was as a child. Out of the three (and much later even four) of her grandchildren, Michael was the one that caused her the most grief. Her story began innocently enough, on a snowy afternoon when…

The Complaints

We sat in the rickety old van we rented in Montevideo cruising along the Uruguayan highway. From the backseat, I admired the angled tree trunks with green leaves exploding far into the sky. Farms paraded past us one after the other. The sun bathed us through the windows. Throughout the ride, when she wasn’t asleep,…

The Balance

Have you ever had one of those days where your life just feels off balance? Like, you just can't seem to get the proper footing, no matter how hard you try? That's how I felt one afternoon, after leaving the required marketing course for my Publishing Program. I quickened my pace to avoid my classmates…

The Final

I rushed home that evening, taking the back roads because the main city streets had been blocked off since early that morning. The traffic was horrific, and the entire city was abuzz with excitement. Storefront after storefront that I passed bore our team’s logo and slogan in their windows. It felt like the entire city…