Hiatus

By Jennifer Niesslein Some news, sweets: I’m taking a hiatus. I truly love the Full Grown People community (I swear, I feel as if I know some of you just from your comments!), but we’ve been at it for almost five years now, and I need a break. I’m going to focus on my own … Continue reading Hiatus

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Weird Loud Smelly World

Photo by Gina Easley By Jody Mace When I was around nine, I used to practice being blind. It was a strange practice but not totally far-fetched. I had worn glasses for near-sightedness since I was six, and my vision was already terrible. If I’d lived in a different age I probably would have already … Continue reading Weird Loud Smelly World

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Blueberry Season

Photo by University of Delaware Carvel REC/Flickr By Patrice Gopo My youngest daughter tilts her head up at me as I buckle her into her car seat. She asks, “Can we go pick blueberries?” I think, There is no blueberry season in Charlotte. Her request comes just a week or two after our Charlotte strawberry-picking … Continue reading Blueberry Season

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We Were Never Alone

Photo by Gina Easley By Antonia Malchik About two years ago, my sister and her family reached the edge of a financial cliff, one far too familiar to far too many Americans. My husband and I talked about the choices they had, the importance of being there for family during hard times, and our deep … Continue reading We Were Never Alone

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The Age of Water

Photo by Gina Easley By Eliza Thomas Seven years ago, I had my first relationship after sixteen years of being single. I was sixty-two and he was fifty-seven. I remember these numerical details because I’m trying to keep a more precise account of life now. We had a short affair, unexpected and intense, made each … Continue reading The Age of Water

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The Wicked Stink

Photo by James St. John/Flickr By Larissa Kosmos The smelly ordeal was almost over. Holding the trash bag, I stood inside the front door of our small apartment, peering through the peephole. I waited for our neighbor Gladys, the friendly older woman who lived across the hall, who was working her key in the lock, … Continue reading The Wicked Stink

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Wonderstruck

Photo by William Brawley/Flickr By Andrew Forrester I’m staring at this fleshy alien, wrapped straightjacket-tight in a swaddling blanket. He’s sort of quietly writhing in a clear plastic box, and I’ve thought about a dozen times that, even for a hospital, this all seems overly clinical. A plastic box? It looks like something from the … Continue reading Wonderstruck

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Knowing

Photo By Gina Easley By Rebecca Stetson Werner By the time she had grown sharper,…, she found in her mind a collection of images and echoes to which meanings were attachable—images and echoes kept for her in the childish dusk, the dim closet, the high drawers, like games she wasn’t big enough to play. from … Continue reading Knowing

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In the Language of My Former People

Photo by M.Peinado/Flickr By Leah Elliott One day, my mother’s name appears in my inbox. I open a message announcing that my parents have been called to be missionaries in the Philippines. I cringe, sigh, and think, I’m sorry, as I picture my parents—oh so pious and paternalistic—carrying out the Lord’s holy work of perpetuating … Continue reading In the Language of My Former People

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Cannonballs in Brazil

Photo by Robin Ulset/Flickr By Scott Gerace He watched me float on my back naked in the pool, ignoring bar patrons a hundred feet away, sipping vacation cocktails. My new Brazilian friend, Alex, ten years my junior, hesitated after removing his shirt and shoes. He debated whether to finish disrobing and dip his toes into … Continue reading Cannonballs in Brazil

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