5 (Daughters of a certain age)

My oldest daughter, Sue, came to visit. Susan has always been one of my favorite names, but Sue has a different ring. Sue stands with her hips thrust out and her arms crossed against her chest. She’s in her sixties with the same stance she used as a teenager. I look at her now and … Continue reading 5 (Daughters of a certain age)

4 (The tapping)

When I was younger, I thought abuse was the worst thing you could do to someone. The word ‘do’ feels so active and intentionally horrific. Now that I’m older, I think about neglect. To neglect someone is to do something without really doing anything. The absence is its crime and the emotion becomes invisible. If … Continue reading 4 (The tapping)