IF YOU KNEW – Work in Progress

Jack was there. But he wasn’t the vivid Jack of her waking memory. The Jack with the black hair and laughing eyes. Not the larger-than-life Jack who’d swept her off her feet when she’d been a naïve eighteen-year-old, the one she’d married, the one who’d been her whole world.

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Joy’s Story

“We never agreed. You dictated and eventually I swallowed my own objections. I’ve been choking on them ever since. Joy is here now and she stays.” Marcy tugged Joy’s hand and Joy followed her to the kitchen feeling her father’s stare of disapproval like bullet holes in her back.

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Bathtubs, Part II

Garden tub gone

Bathtubs, Part II More than seven months passed before Handy Hank arrived to begin work on my bathroom. First he had a backlog of work. I’d already told him I wasn’t in a hurry. But after a couple of months, I began to wonder if I’d been forgotten. About two…

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Bathtubs, Part I

antique cast iron bathtub

There stood outside in the bright sunlight five or six sad, rusted, rejected-for-something-newer antique-looking bathtubs. I spread a beach towel in one and scrunched down. Rested my head against the slanted back of the tub. Studied it. Measured it. Was I really going to do this?

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