For all the times I’ve wanted to die, I think about kissing new mouths or falling in love with someone and growing old. It would be an honor to gain wrinkles with someone.
“You’re one of the very lucky ones,” he whispered, “For you can see what nobody else can see. It’s typical for people to live their lives without ever seeing it for what it is.”
I was a bully. There’s no other way to say it. I was the kid who made you scared to hear the recess bell. I was the kid you avoided after school. I was the kid who made you cry to yourself at night after your mom had shut off the light.
It made me feel terrible, especially as I got older.
I’ve been working for our town’s little one-room for over 20 years now. You know what’s difficult about being a small town librarian? There are no children’s librarians, no reference librarians.
In a report on ‘Mortality in the United States’, published in 2014, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states as one of its key findings that although rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death had dropped,…
But I still wasn’t prepared for it when it happened.
“Daddy likes to drink,” she tells her doll. “And I like to pour him drinks.”
It’s that simple.
In a few days, I had learned not only that my house had a restless spirit, but that maybe he couldn’t cross over to the other side because of his untimely death, a death that could have been prevented.
But in the winter, all the rules changed.