Tag: family

Describing Judgment, and #ROW80 Progress

It’s making fun of my mom and Sister 2 for watching the Bachelor a couple years ago, and then stopping every so often, mesmerized and yet self-loathing for allowing myself to become so captivated. It’s falling in line with the two of them, but in […]

Describing Embarrassed

When you’re making a presentation, it’s forgetting all your lines, and your materials, and becoming hot, and sweaty, and panicked while a group of bored, impatient, sympathetic, and tired faces wait for you to either begin, or walk away. It’s seeing someone wave to you […]

Two Sisters

Copyright © 2013 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved. Once upon a time, there were two sisters named Bright and Shadow. Sister Bright ruled the day. She ruled the sun when it rose and fell, the scurry of activity, and the visible beauty of things that […]

The Lot

Copyright © 2013 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved. “Impounded, dad?” Shay asked, driving them up to the lot. “It’s not my fault,” he growled. She laughed, ignoring the glare he gave her from the passenger’s seat. “Oh, yes. Because all cars just happen to drive […]

"Please Don’t"

Copyright © 2013 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved. “That’s a lot of blood.” Fifteen-year-old Clare spun around. In the doorway to the upstairs bathroom, her little sister, ten-year-old Harriet, stood staring at the bathtub. In it, a tall white tub of food-coloring and corn starch […]

June 1980

Copyright © 2013 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved. “I don’t think this is a good idea.” Seven-year-old Shay looked over her shoulder at her five-year-old brother. She stood at the very edge of the roof of their back porch, her new pink kite fluttering in […]