Story archives - tag: "shame"


Finding myself beside the homeless man to whom I had said "No cash, sorry" three times that day, I sat with a book and lemonade in a cash-only cafe.

tags: irony homeless shame [add]

2010-04-07 10:20:06 / Rating: 366.75 /


I wonder if it would be worse to tell my daughter she caught me snorting pain pills or let her keep believing it was coke.

tags: sad drugs shame humiliation [add]

2009-10-27 15:23:36 / Rating: 501.5 /


Three days later, I couldn't see his eyes, only his sunglasses and smile, two things that he wasn't wearing when he tried to rape me.

tags: rape eyes sunglasses shame drunk petrified am i to blame? [add]

2009-01-12 15:25:06 / Rating: 538.5 /


When I was 12, my family had to sleep in a family friend's garage and I didn't feel ashamed until her daughter told everyone at school.

tags: shame homelessness end of innocence [add]

2008-07-07 14:39:15 / Rating: 428.25 /


When the doorbell rang at four o'clock in the morning, I knew the cop had seen my license plate.

tags: police mistake shame late night oops regret stupid [add]

2008-05-07 11:16:24 / Rating: 674 /

Kindergarden attempts

At six-years-old my friends passed around a discarded, lit cigarette smoking it perfectly while I couldn't take a drag properly no matter how hard I tried.

tags: childhood cigarettes friends failure shame struggle sadness [add]

2008-05-01 14:28:28 / Rating: 783 /


My atheist neighbor has helped more people in the past year than my entire congregation has in the past ten.

tags: religion shame hypocrite ashamed atheist atheism [add]

2008-03-25 10:51:34 / Rating: 6198.75 /


I was her babysitter, her superhero, her mentor, her protector, her beloved father-figure all her life up to the day I molested her.

tags: guilt shame betrayal regret self-hate [add]

2007-07-16 15:27:26 / Rating: 683.25 /


Mom, I never told you what they did to me, because I was ashamed and I was afraid you would think it was my fault.

tags: childhood shame sad painful [add]

2006-09-29 11:13:36 / Rating: 736 /