“I have a question.”

SJ Coloring

It’s Molly’s new favorite phrase, followed by the usual onslaught of inquiries: “Can I have a drink? Where’s Ellie? Why’s Nana crying?” It’s annoyingly cute, the way she scrunches her face and demands an answer, oblivious to bigger concerns. School starts tomorrow and in ten days Savannah will be a preschooler. A meticulously stocked princess backpack […]

Midwest Ocean

River

When the vinyl seats squeak under the weight of your wet feet. When the towels smell like a mid-July cocktail of sunscreen and bug spray. When the speakers pulse with Rascal Flatts and Jimmy Buffet and long-awaited playlists. When the cold shocks your back end as you hang off the boat to pee. When the […]

Lately

Flowers

There’s one day every spring where the sun shines just bright enough and the temperature creeps just high enough to conjure the first real taste of summer, and yesterday was that day. Savannah and I spent it stocking up on petunias and spinach seeds and potting soil and our very first cactus plant, to which […]