Story archives - September 2010


He showed me the picture of me he loved, but that was the one I Photoshopped to look less unattractive.

tags: ugly insecure self-conscious [add]

2010-09-29 14:13:59 / Rating: 296.75 /


When I was two, I taught my five year old brother how to undo the child-lock on the kitchen cupboards.

tags: childhood practicality [add]

2010-09-27 14:27:36 / Rating: 554 /


It took working for a religious organization for me to finally accept that I'm an atheist.

tags: faith christianity secret [add]

2010-09-27 14:27:29 / Rating: 418.5 /

John Pesebre

A strand of noodle hangs on the chin of my sleeping baby.

tags: noodle sleeping baby [add]

2010-09-27 13:08:24 / Rating: 214 /


Although my parents and the police had spent three frantic hours looking for me, my mother had the presence of mind to take a photograph when they found me fast asleep under my bed.

tags: childhood humor missing panic [add]

2010-09-23 13:36:39 / Rating: 630.25 /


When I was 19 I wrote my 40-year-old self a letter that I am about to read.

tags: youth adulthood [add]

2010-09-23 13:36:14 / Rating: 830 /

Odd Elizabeth

They suspected we were at the graveyard because it was Halloween, but when I pointed to the date on the tombstone the guard looked remorseful and told me to stay.

tags: death halloween sadness [add]

2010-09-23 13:34:59 / Rating: 661.25 /


On my way home from the hospital, I was stopped at a red light only to see the man responsible for my stay at the other side.

tags: rape sad irony depression [add]

2010-09-23 13:34:23 / Rating: 343 /


I cried when I saw that my girlfriend's mum added photos of me and my girlfriend to her family album.

tags: lesbian family amazing mothers acceptance [add]

2010-09-23 13:33:55 / Rating: 818.25 /


I'm pretty sure that most people would not take their groin X-rays to work to show their colleagues.

tags: too much information [add]

2010-09-23 13:33:14 / Rating: 235.5 /


I was 46-years-old by the time I solved my first Rubik’s Cube.

tags: rubiks cube old [add]

2010-09-22 14:26:31 / Rating: 349 /

A mystery

To this day, I still have no idea what happened to my favorite bra.

tags: ex-boyfriend moving out humor lost [add]

2010-09-22 14:23:04 / Rating: 443 /


My mom joked, "Tell the interviewer, 'I love children, especially with noodles!'"

tags: humor mom mother children job interview [add]

2010-09-16 14:26:04 / Rating: 538.75 /


Stuck in a U-Haul van with your dad for two hours may be a 12-year-old's nightmare, but mine became a personal hell when he pulled out the AIM conversations of mine he found.

tags: why me? puberty sucked i promise he was only 13 [add]

2010-09-16 14:25:50 / Rating: 229 /

C'mon everybody, let's go!

After three years of Spanish classes, I finally understand why Dora the Explorer says "vamanos" instead of "vamos."

tags: wonderful school systems spanish [add]

2010-09-16 14:24:35 / Rating: 251.75 /


When I saw the young man at the supermarket check me out, I held my head a little higher thinking, "Yeah, I still got it."

tags: confidence supermarket aged to perfection [add]

2010-09-16 14:22:54 / Rating: 372.75 /


I woke up this morning at 4:45, happy that I had managed to sleep in for a bit.

tags: insomnia [add]

2010-09-16 14:22:01 / Rating: 288.25 /


I had felt so relieved when I remembered to take the envelope of nude pictures of myself with me when I went to my room that night, and it still makes me cringe to think what my father must have thought when he found them on the bathroom counter the next morning.

tags: father nude pictures embarrassment horrible mistake [add]

2010-09-13 15:23:50 / Rating: 370.75 /


Upon meeting my adopted Chinese daughter, a redneck neighbor offered her best southern-drawl 'compliment': "Well, her eyes ain't nearly as squinty as I thought they was gonna be."

tags: redneck adoption Chinese adoption backward compliment [add]

2010-09-13 15:12:46 / Rating: 376.75 /

room full o' balloons.

Potato peelers do not discriminate between the skin on a cucumber and the skin on my fingers.

tags: ouch kitchen peeling cucumber humor [add]

2010-09-13 15:11:20 / Rating: 363.75 /


As she pointed her phone at me and said, "Let me show you some pictures of my cats," my heart sank as I noted the photo caption "1 of 158."

tags: crazy cat lady limits of friendship [add]

2010-09-13 15:09:16 / Rating: 302.25 /


Water Aerobics: 30% working out 70% floating around gossiping.

tags: humor water lifeguard work [add]

2010-09-09 08:28:16 / Rating: 599.5 /

First Class

You know you are a band geek when the hardest part of basic training was not being able to play your trumpet for 3 months.

tags: Marines I'm so nerdy basic training My trumpet was sad... [add]

2010-09-09 08:27:15 / Rating: 300.25 /

Jacque Lynn Schiller, summer, 2010

Darling Nikki was probably not the best song choice for family karaoke, Christmas, 1984.

tags: childhood humor music prince sex [add]

2010-09-09 08:25:06 / Rating: 533.25 /

Happy Wife

As I slowly walked around, sipping my wine, and admiting the paintings, I discovered my husband in the corner of the gallery - watching 101 Dalmatians on a small TV.

tags: art husband [add]

2010-09-09 08:24:25 / Rating: 498.25 /


The sidewalks and doors were covered in blood, and I still wonder why no one called 911 and saved my brother.

tags: death ethics [add]

2010-09-09 08:24:13 / Rating: 429.75 /


One week after my niece was born to my seventeen-year-old sister, the father hung himself.

tags: death sister suicide [add]

2010-09-07 14:37:31 / Rating: 470.25 /

On August 29th, 2010, I became one of the mythical .1%.

tags: pregnancy birth control failure [add]

2010-09-07 14:37:04 / Rating: 316.25 /

Caring Sister

My brother seemed surprised and disappointed when my reaction to his coming-out confession was, "Oh, okay."

tags: lgbt bisexual siblings acceptance [add]

2010-09-07 14:36:35 / Rating: 412.25 /