The Of Love and Sound Mind short story collection (now available on AMAZON) brings us into the lives of wounded people as they try to reconcile the collateral damage of mental illness, the psychic traumas of divorce, the makeup of hallucination, the echoes of unanswered grief and the crippling violence of family secrets.
“Of Love and Sound Mind” now available on Amazon!
So come on, let’s read an excerpt from the short story “What Happened” as an eight year old girl experiences her mother’s first psychotic break.
…Then my Momma was sitting, bent over in her favorite chair, rocking and crying and holding her head in her hands while my Daddy looked at her over his shoulder, like she wasn’t anybody to him.
Then, before, I could come back with a cold cloth to wipe her eyes, like she did for me whenever I was crying real hard, she just kind of slid to the floor like ice cream melting off a cone. Then I was crying loud too because she was too big and I wasn’t big enough to get her back into her chair. Then my Daddy, when he saw us, me and my melted Momma on the floor, walked out of the room and didn’t come back even though I was calling him. Then my Momma was talking through her open then closed fingers to somebody who wasn’t me and staring at something somewhere else.
Then there were loud blue and white lights outside and strangers in our house who strapped my Momma into a metal chair with wheels and took my Momma away even though I was yelling for them not to while my Daddy held me down with one arm to keep me from kicking.
Then I don’t know what happened…
Wasn’t that great??!
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