Tag Archives: father
When Mike Stock told us about the orange clay pools, we called bullshit because Mike Stock lied as habitually as the rest of us chewed gum.
“I’ll show you!” he kept saying.
And so a pack of us entered the woods that morning, behind the … Read more
I was twelve the first time I shaved my legs. Nervous, I locked the bathroom door and spent quite a while sorting out how to navigate my ankles and knees, and how high you’re actually supposed to shave. Before I’d finished, my dad kicked the … Read more
I’ve been getting hot chocolate with my father, while my son has his trumpet lesson. The girl in the coffee shop is improbably tanned. Remembers what I drink. Asks if I play an instrument, too. It’s not quite flirting. But more than friendly. Girls.
We … Read more
I was given these small doors as part of an art installation and I’m to write (or draw) my coming out story on them. I’m not sure what my coming out story is. Is it when you know? Is it when you tell? Is it … Read more
Mary’s gay boyfriend from high school was in town this week for his stepfather’s funeral. He said that during the service a video looped depicting friends, family and treasured memories, and both he and his husband (they’ve been together for more than 25 years) were … Read more
This weekend, my dad sent me a long strange email offering my son a trumpet, and also telling me he has a large tumor in one of his lungs that has to be surgically removed. Cancer was mentioned in the email, but not definitively so. … Read more
On car trips when I was a child, we listened to Roger Whittaker. Hours and hours of Roger Whittaker. Lionel Jeffries reading Winnie the Pooh, Sesame Street sing alongs, and Roger Whittaker. Otherwise, we heard music in church on Sunday. White people hymns: the burden … Read more
I keep trying to write in this space. I think about it. Sometimes I even get this far. Start typing. Fill the white with character after character. Make myself tired.
I can’t remember now if my dad said that he spoke for god or if … Read more