family

Family unites us; but it's also a challenge. All about fighting to stay together, and loving every moment of it.

Henri Goulding8 days ago
A Teenager's First Heartbreak
I’m sure nearly all of us can relate to the pain of a first heartbreak. Mine happened when I was 17 and the heartbreak lasted into me turning 18. He was my first boyfriend, my first kiss, my first… he...
Sonia Schmitta month ago
Quinces
My father actively avoided my mother for the next couple of weeks. In fact, when school returned, he learned my mother’s route and took heed to never walk in the same hallway. As the local paperboy, h...
Sonia Schmitt3 months ago
Quinces
For my mother, her fifteenth birthday was not only a mark into womanhood with her quinceañera celebrating the transition, but also the dread of missing her period. My mother was a June baby, and thus ...
SYMO🌀 3 months ago
Dumbass Gets Smacked by Reality
Life really knows how to smack the shit out of you. Being a human is hard, shit, being a human in America is really hard. Breathing is even a difficult task it seems these days. I'm an 18 year old, no...
Amy Tripp4 months ago
He Saved Our Lives
I was once married to a man who I thought I had wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Well that feeling was mutual until I fell pregnant with both our kids. When it came to him being faithful at f...
Karen Bonnie4 months ago
Goodbye 2018
I once read: “Tip of the day: When you look back in 2018, don’t think of it as a year of pain but a year of growth. You made it through each day. You should be proud of yourself. You are a better you,...
Adizzy D5 months ago
Rules to Dating My Son/Daughter
We have all seen it floating around social media, the “rules to dating my son/daughter.” We have either loved, liked, hated, had a laugh at it, or we were shocked about it. I saw this post a while bac...
Lisa Briskey5 months ago
How I Met My Future Husband
On the 20th of June in 2009, I moved to Yakima, Washington to be with Rocky. I left Wichita Falls, Texas on a sunny Saturday morning. I was excited yet nervous, wondering if I would recognize Rocky an...
Shaylin Gross5 months ago
A Letter to My Mom
Dear Mom, When I was little, you were what I wanted to be when I grew up. Looking up to you has been one of the greatest things in my life because you are nothing short of amazing. I would watch you b...
Gisselle Canales5 months ago
Always
"You know I'm surprised that you decided to move to Colorado since you love Texas so much." "Hey I love traveling and living in other states. Besides you can't stand the heat and Colorado is as best p...
Sean Malakowsky5 months ago
128 Days
The plug has been pulled. 20 years of a life filled with consistency and stability upended in 80 minutes, it doesn’t seem right. I doubt that any kind of warning would have made this easier though. Ma...
Winnie Rugamba6 months ago
Sometimes Leaving Home Is the Only Way to Find Home
I think I was around 10 years old when I learned about my family members that lived in different parts of the world: Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Some happened to be part of my nuclear family, close ...
Michelle Schultz6 months ago
To Those Who Don't Consider Their Hometown "Home"
With the holidays coming up it's hard not to think about going "home" for the holidays. But not all of us consider our hometown to be "home." The town I grew up in was a prison for me, not always. It ...
Deviant Devour6 months ago
Coping with Toxic People; Friends, Lovers, and Even Family
Our mother and father were at one point our sole caregivers. Our self worth/significance was based upon how well nurtured we were. Neglect and abuse have a direct effect on the brain. If you came from...
JoJo Conquistador6 months ago
Signing Off
This last week has made me realise something—work does NOT equal life. We talk often of a "work-life" balance. And then most of us completely fuck this off in one direction or other and the scales are...
Finding Yourself a Pearl
At 18 do you know where life is going to take you? Of course not. The world is your oyster; everything is in front of you and nothing is impossible. The words of a well known American writer describe ...
Chloe Gilholy6 months ago
Fishman Chapter Six
Kathleen left everything to Ruth when she died. She had already given me all her video games before she became poorly. It’s been years since I stood in front of this house. I can feel an eerie breeze ...
Hadrian Welsh6 months ago
Them
Deteriorating mental state. Mental instability. Mentally incapable. Travis wished he was any of the above, so he could have at least something to blame for his downward spiral of a life instead of his...