Hope the Size of Helium

It was one of those cool unisex names you hear spoken over a spunky three-year-old tomboy with ringlets– a name like Charlie, Jessie, Bobbie, and Jordan. To protect the innocent, I’ll call her Johnnie. The first time I met Johnnie is imprinted in my mind—branded even. I had just moved into a shotgun house on…

Breathe! Awake and Live!

When I came out of surgery, I came out fighting. They kept giving me more and more Dilaudid (Oxycodone type drug) until finally, I stopped breathing. The nurse, along with my husband and sister, kept shaking me and repeating, “Breathe Bonnie (Tekoa)! Breathe!” I would jolt and gasp like a person who had been underwater…

Blackberry Jam

You see the person you loved, The one that loved you back. They’ve quoted the same book and sat in the same pew. You know– the right seats. The ones up close where the “important” people sit. What happened? They smile a plastic drawn on mess as you pass. No whispered hellos. Is there still…