orange juice on a serving tray
orange juice on a serving tray
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At the last possible instant I saw and dodged a blond, pant-suited, high-heeled woman as she hurried in the other direction. Her eyes were glued to her smart phone. I kept walking but turned my head, seeking any sign that she’d noticed the near…


young girl with blonde hair and blue eyes
young girl with blonde hair and blue eyes
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“Two minutes, Mom.” I crossed out what I had just written and tried again.

I watched you wipe a tear away 
And smile, when

“Wipe” was wrong. And “watched” and “when.” I changed them all, then hurriedly scrawled the rest of the lines that had formed in my head on the school bus and during a snack break in the middle of my math homework. I didn’t want to forget them.

I saw you brush a tear away 
And smile, as…


school bus from the rear
school bus from the rear
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He nodded to me. “Ms. Morgenstern?”

“To make American Chinese food great again?”

Others laughed, but he didn’t. “After class, please. Now, serious answer, anyone?”

I raised my hand. When no one else did, he nodded to me again.

“Why am I in trouble, but Mark isn’t? His jokes haven’t even been funny lately.”

I knew the reason. Mark Williams was the teacher’s pet.

Morons hooted behind me. Bingham pursed his lips. “Everyone, Monday will now feature a quiz. …


young girl writing
young girl writing
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“The three-legged race?”

“Yeah.”

Running the three-legged race together was what seventh-grade couples did on the next-to-last day of school, at the Outdoor Games.

For two months Marie and I had sat together at lunch, in assemblies, and on field trips. Being a couple was way better than her poking me in the back with her pencil in Algebra. I’d never been so happy. …

David Rodeback

If my life were a tag cloud: digital marketing, writing fiction, C#.Net, SQL Server, politics and government, religion, Russian literature, Cornell, BYU.

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