Story archives - February 2010


Two days later, I went back to the high school I'd sworn to leave forever.

tags: high school angst runaway growing up childhood teenagers [add]

2010-02-25 08:07:38 / Rating: 566 /

Know more now

I didn't understand that he asked for six sugars in his coffee because it helped him keep feeling high.

tags: drugs recovery service learning [add]

2010-02-25 08:07:13 / Rating: 327.75 /

Alice Fitzhugh

If it weren't for the accident last night, I wouldn't have the possibility of a photography job for a musician.

tags: car accident fender-bender photography coincidence [add]

2010-02-25 08:06:06 / Rating: 375.5 /


My dad's last note to me was "Always hear the music in your life."

tags: dad death love life happiness note [add]

2010-02-25 08:04:29 / Rating: 804.5 /

She was Annabell

I walked in to my daughters bedroom to wake her up from her nap and saw that she was blue.

tags: SIDS newborn sadness [add]

2010-02-25 08:04:01 / Rating: 503.75 /


My grandma was waiting for my dad to take her to the hairdresser, but when he didn't show she went up to his room only to find empty wine bottles, pills, and him dead on the couch.

tags: suicide overdose death father child [add]

2010-02-25 08:03:18 / Rating: 620.75 /

Colin Perini

For 30 years I was an artist and then one day the economy slumped, and now I am a web designer.

tags: creativity creative artist creative designer [add]

2010-02-25 08:02:45 / Rating: 321.75 /

Farewell Kesiah

As I received the news about her body giving out, her brain unravelling due to dementia, and her heart beating strong, all I could think about was how cute she looked driving her Fiesta at the age of 86.

tags: great grandmother dementia red Fiesta car [add]

2010-02-24 15:29:05 / Rating: 339 /


I should have bought a lottery ticket the day an apartment-complex neighbor with about a 30% overlap in movie tastes got the same movie we did, on the same day.

tags: random odds chances Netflix neighbor friend movie [add]

2010-02-24 15:28:24 / Rating: 348.75 /


I was laying in bed snuggling with my 6 month old son when my brother called crying hysterically that his wife had just died in a car accident, leaving him a widow with 5 little kids to raise on his own.

tags: death brother kids bed snuggling accident car crying [add]

2010-02-24 15:27:56 / Rating: 643.75 /


I stole one of my roommates brownies on my way out the door and arrived at the job interview too stoned to talk.

tags: weed brownies inverview theft karma [add]

2010-02-23 09:57:07 / Rating: 1049.25 /


I came across an old lady laying on the side of the road in the middle of the night and when I approached her she looked up and asked, "Did I win the race?".

tags: dementia sad elderly firefighter [add]

2010-02-17 16:03:50 / Rating: 597.75 /

A blonde moment

Attempting to blow out a candle with Listerine in my mouth was a bad idea.

tags: humor blonde absent-minded [add]

2010-02-17 16:01:48 / Rating: 512.25 /

Leah Derby

Hungover and with a cup of coffee shakily held aloft, I did not see the deer grazing on the front lawn when I opened the door for my frantic dog.

tags: dog hangover [add]

2010-02-17 16:01:15 / Rating: 344.75 /


When I wrote the thank you cards for my wedding I also had to include thank yous for the condolences I received about my mothers passing.

tags: condolences wedding thank you cards [add]

2010-02-17 15:59:08 / Rating: 277 /


Waking up four hours later in the hospital after I had overdosed on Tylenol, I was so happy to be alive that I thought I was cured.

tags: suicide attempted suicide happiness cure [add]

2010-02-17 15:58:37 / Rating: 504.75 /


My brother and I talk about everything, except the time our father spent in a mental hospital.

tags: childhood father [add]

2010-02-16 13:28:31 / Rating: 517 /


The consequences of my wife opening a bulging can of dog food will remain us forever.

tags: humour pet botulism [add]

2010-02-16 13:27:18 / Rating: 375 /


With a name like Marzena, how could she be anything but high maintenance?

tags: high maintenance marzena [add]

2010-02-12 13:08:38 / Rating: 272.5 /

Not the Only One

He refuses to kiss my lips when another person is in my body.

tags: multiple personalities confused love kiss [add]

2010-02-12 13:07:29 / Rating: 639 /


When the college boy holding a joint knocked on my door and asked a total stranger to kiss him because he had been dared, did he really have the right to have his feelings hurt when I slammed the door?

tags: college humor kiss [add]

2010-02-12 13:06:17 / Rating: 220.75 /


After he died, I thought my grandmother would still love my sisters and me.

tags: father grandmother [add]

2010-02-09 12:29:20 / Rating: 445.5 /

Minty fresh.

I experienced the concequences of failing to label the tupparware tubs containing both toothpaste and sunblock.

tags: humor camp spearmint skin UV retardant teeth [add]

2010-02-09 12:26:45 / Rating: 439.75 /

Leon Lion

I woke up cramped in the fetal position on my couch, and turned to see my dog and two cats spread out leisurely on my bed.

tags: pets cats dogs their human [add]

2010-02-09 12:25:23 / Rating: 605 /

When English teachers go bad

I used to demand a new world order in flawless iambic pentameter, but now I'd settle for one in sixteen-syllable haiku.

tags: school teaching humor [add]

2010-02-09 12:24:36 / Rating: 520.5 /

Yes I AM the Johnstone!

I really do use this in my Creative Writing class so that my students can be published, even though none of mine ever are.

tags: creative writing Mr. Johnstone [add]

2010-02-09 12:24:09 / Rating: 235.25 /

Naked Cookie Monster

I just wanted a cookie from the top shelf that morning in 1979, but ended up with a dislocated knee, a broken arm and a rusty nail through my penis.

tags: childhood naked accident humor cookie penis [add]

2010-02-09 12:23:55 / Rating: 764.25 /


My ex-wife would freeze up every time she told the story of coming home from church as a child and finding all the dolls she had left lined up in tiny chairs replaced by the dead squirrels that her father had killed that morning.

tags: childhood shock [add]

2010-02-05 10:20:12 / Rating: 535 /


I wonder what their lives are like now, whether they're happy, and if they ever let themselves remember the night in 1981 when they were drunk and ran that Volkswagen van off the road playing "chicken."

tags: father death accident the year everything changed [add]

2010-02-02 12:50:43 / Rating: 680.5 /


At my mother's funeral, my grandparents argued over the type of lettuce they had eaten the night before and I interrupted them by admitting I was pregnant.

tags: pregnant lettuce funeral grandparents [add]

2010-02-02 12:49:54 / Rating: 535.75 /


Thanks to my brother, you'll no longer get detention for having blue hair.

tags: humor hair dye breaking the rules changing the rules brother [add]

2010-02-01 11:21:40 / Rating: 616.75 /

One in many

The poor janitor was only trying to do his job, and it was never supposed to include being threatened to be ripped limb from limb by grieving teenagers.

tags: suicide Toby memorial locker sharpie goodbye school 18 senior [add]

2010-02-01 11:19:46 / Rating: 563.75 /

Curry Cretin

When my Nepali housemate walked in on me heating up curry from a tin, I seriously considered moving out.

tags: food housemates embarrassing [add]

2010-02-01 11:17:45 / Rating: 303.5 /


That was when I found out that if a bride is having trouble fitting into her wedding dress, you shouldn't casually mention that you've dropped a pants size in the last month without trying.

tags: oops foot in mouth weddings weight loss [add]

2010-02-01 11:17:33 / Rating: 344.25 /

Andy KO King

The only bone I've ever broken is someone else's nose.

tags: humour violence school [add]

2010-02-01 11:17:03 / Rating: 427 /

Miss Catherine

The doctor said "Your white blood cells are abnormal."

tags: doctor [add]

2010-02-01 11:16:45 / Rating: 285 /


I was verbally and sexually abused, but my ex-boyfriend gave me the lasting issues.

tags: stupid romance teenage mistakes mean [add]

2010-02-01 11:15:43 / Rating: 358.75 /