How You Like Them Apples

Me: “Do your homework soon.”

My Oldest, age 15: “Theres no hurry.”

Me: “Do your chores right away.”

Danger Monkey, age 9: “I have other stuff to do first.”

Me: “OK, well, I guess we can’t go to the orchard and get…”


(child-shaped dust clouds where children used to be standing)


The Treadmill

We spend so much time working at jobs we don’t like, making less than we think we deserve, just to buy houses that are too big, that we fill with junk we don’t need, with yards we mow but don’t use, surrounded by privacy fences that keep nothing in but keep everything out.