Friday, April 29, 2005
She hands him her stack of pictures. He smiles and leafs through them, as she tries to get him to agree they're of "the most beautiful child in the world."
After she leaves, he looks at pictures of his own kids and silently disagrees with her.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
A single bee finds a single flower blooming on a single tree in the yard.
Ah, the single life!
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
"I must pick up my kids!" she exclaims as she rushes out the door. Ten minutes later I pass by as she puffs and chats with friends.
Priorities up in smoke.
Monday, April 25, 2005
He opens his brown bagged lunch, pulling out a peanut butter sandwich, chips and Spongebob Juice Pack. He checks inside one more time.
He turns to his co-worker. "I hope my son likes roastbeef."
Saturday, April 23, 2005
She follows her friend like a hawk. With each aisle she gets more intense with her shoulda's and woulda's, "I'm telling you I wouldn't let anyone do that to ME." Finally fed to the max, her friend turns to her. "What about your boyfriend?"
The hawk flies off... "That's different."
Thursday, April 21, 2005
He leaps up the first set of stairs, bounds up the second and skips every other step of the third. By the fourth he's taking them one-at-a-time and... by the fifth... he looks like... he's not... so... sure... why... he's here.
I hope his goal was to sit near the top.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
They sit on the park bench as she opens her package of freshly developed photos. He tries to shuffle through them, but she pauses to fully explain each one.
She wants to make sure she gets a thousand words and her money's worth.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
The incessant alarm goes off at 5:30am. I can't reach to turn it off, or even to snooze.
It's the neighbor's, and they're on vacation.
Friday, April 15, 2005
Herding away from their meeting, they move en masse to the patio.
They scatter to graze on cellphone signals.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
The hesitant sounds of piano practice fills the night air. A baby cries. A lone dog joins in.
Watching life with my ears instead of my eyes tonight.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
He looks at his watch. She asks him the time. He looks at his watch again.
How soon he forgets.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
She enters the coffee shop, wearing a dress more suitable for the night before. Looking around, she looks like she's lost something.
Friday, April 08, 2005
She gets up, leaving him sitting on the curb. She keeps walking as he puts his head in his hands.
Neither one looks back.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
They sit around reading their fortune cookies to each other. They marvel at each other's message, yet pause awkwardly after each one.
Finally, on cue, they break the silence, "...in bed."
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
He treats his cell phone like a loud speaker, making sure the caller and his table mates are all involved in the conversation. They see it as fun.
The rest of the restaurant does not.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
She nods politely, knowing her friend is not going to stop the incessant chatter. "And I have no idea why I even dated him... I mean, all the girls he dates are PSYCHOs!"
She just smiles and keeps on nodding.
Friday, April 01, 2005
Her best friend's email shocks her out of her silence. "She never told me she was leaving... I can't believe this... I'm gonna kill her!" Her cubicle neighbor turns with a reassuring tone, "just read the last line."
"April Fools?!" she shouts out... "Now I'm really gonna kill her!"
WANT A BETTER LIFE?