The Family Favorite

I was the good one. I followed the rules, kept quiet, did well in school. I was the peacemaker. I made sure I chose the right side, and I was never angry. I was always told I was calm, cool, and collected. I advocated for everyone to respect and cherish their parents, no matter the …

The Power of Vulnerability

Weakness. Naivety. Exposure. Powerlessness. Frailty. These are the synonyms used for the most powerful characteristic we can have. Vulnerability, by definition, is the quality or state of having little resistance to some outside agent. It means becoming exposed to the elements, at risk, susceptible. Despite the negative connotations this definition and synonyms have, vulnerability is …

Precipice

The overwhelming sensation I get from looking up never fails to surprise me. I've felt it so many times before, but when I tilt my head back and see a never ending structure heading straight for the sun, I feel it all over again. When I was a child, tall things fascinated me. I remember …

October

i fell in love with someone i barely knew. and i know how strange it is and i've tried to tell myself that i did not love them but for some insane and terrifying reason too much of me cared for too much of them to believe it he was calm and cool and everything …

Ordinary

Look into the mirror. This is a miracle. These are your eyes, Your lips, The freckles that resemble the skies you’ve searched for years. I hear people say "I am nothing special. I am what came from the ground And I will return to it again." They are wrong. They came from the freckles on their …