I’d lost it. Gone crazy. Forty-eight hours of crying and whining had sent me flying with the coo-coo birds… And they were still at it. My two demon-possessed, nut-so children…Read more
By Karen Ekstrom and Mary Claire Ekstrom
“Do you have any more bags of this?” I pointed to the potting soil. “It has the little white beads that hold moisture.” I smiled sweet as pie at the Home Warehouse employee. I’d already cleaned out the bin. Taken 11 bags. Even took the bag with the rip in it that somebody – okay, Barrett – had ripped and I’d duct-taped closed. I was that desperate.
The State mandates that all children must be educated. That’s the law. Parents everywhere comply. So, in one massive movement, all around the country, parents arrive and surrender their children to the state, to go to school. Nobody gives this much thought until it is their time to relinquish their child to that most frightening institution: Kindergarten.
“I can’t open the door.” I whispered to Mia, my teenage daughter. “It’s just too embarrassing.” “What’s wrong?” Concern etched Mia’s voice when she called back from the other side…Read more
“I’m dying. I need Di-gel, Maalox, Imodium, get me something.” My husband, Henry, cried from behind the bathroom door. I scurried from the kitchen to the bathroom and back again,…Read more
I sat by the front window, as the cool October breeze wafted, my nose buried in The Hound of the Baskerville’s for “the game was afoot.” I was so absorbed in the chase I jumped when the school bus’s brakes squealed and the sky burst loose with an explosion of children’s laughter.
“Come on Barrett.” I said, urging my five-year-old grandson to finish breakfast. “The cowboys have already taken the cattle past our house. They’re almost to the pens. We need to get…Read more
Ring… Ring… “Dr. Heller’s office.” “I’m sick. I need to come in.” I whined a lot now. Six days of coughing and gagging on green gunk will do that. My…Read more
I dashed into the small church with five minutes to spare, and screeched to a halt. Drat. The place was packed. Should have known. Julie and John were part of…Read more
By Mary Claire Ekstrom
One repeater Nerf Gun for each player (Lots of Nerf bullets)
One black ball and a white ball for all but one player
Hat (held high) so no one can see what color ball everyone draws