I knew they meant well in 100 words or fewer
Photo courtesy of Jihane Abou Chabke
It’s true that I tend to take my time in analyzing things, but some things can’t wait. Living with a person dying from cancer for six months without knowing it made me realize this even more. Or was it just self-denial? Maybe I shouldn’t be harsh on myself. They tried to hide the truth from me after all. It makes me wonder though. How smart am I? The symptoms were right there. I could have researched it, right? Ignorance, or self denial — neither will bring my sister back. But it sure made me a more perceptive person.
~Jihane Abou Chabke, Alexandria, Va.
Photo courtesy of Robin Bravender
I found out where meat came from when I was two. Looking at the restaurant menu, my parents inquired what I wanted to eat.
“Does it come from a cow?”
“Does it come from a pig?”
“Hot dog?” asked my mother, exasperated.
“Does it come from a dog?”
“I’ll have that.”
I’ve been a vegetarian for about ten years and I am still skeptical when they tell me, “Of course it’s vegetarian, honey.”
~Robin Bravender, Bethesda, Md.