Silence Speaks

Mary frowns when her kids and mine run outside to bang pots and pans on New Year’s Eve. I’ve had a couple drinks, so I go ahead and run my mouth.  “It’s okay, Mary,” I say, “let the kids have their fun.” My neighbor shakes her head. “They better not lose that cast iron,” she… Continue reading Silence Speaks

Birthday Boy

Twenty bucks is all Katie’s got that’s not going to rent, gas, and electricity.  The register flashes $23.19. Katie surveys cake mix, frosting, candles, eggs, ice cream, and balloons, weighing cost against Kody’s smiles.  “Take the ice cream off, please?” Austin presses a button.  $19.70. Katie hands him crumpled bills and scrounged coins. Austin sorts… Continue reading Birthday Boy