Hoping we didn’t give our baby permanent trauma

Our city takes the Fourth of July very seriously. The day’s festivities include a parade that draws an audience of around 4,000 people (twice the population of our town), a party in the park, and of course a grand fireworks display.

The city shoots off the fireworks at the airport…

And we both survived

“The baby’s heart rate is tachycardic.” The nurse motioned at the machine that was slowly spitting out a continuous sheet of paper with jagged lines on it. “That’s what we’re the most worried about.”

I gave her a blank look, so she continued.

“That means it’s too high, which can…

And getting it smashed was not defeat

Moving into our house was a battle. The small grey structure was filled with someone else’s belongings, decorated in the 1970s, and full of spiders, ladybugs, and mouse carcasses.

After months of cleaning, repairing, and painting, we finally arrived at a point where all our spare time wasn’t just put…

Ten minutes of your day might change someone’s life

She wasn’t really chubby, she was just bigger than the other kids in her sixth grade classroom. I noticed her immediately as a new face that hadn’t been there in the previous weeks.

Her bright blue eyes and rosy cheeks appeared cheerful, but her mouth was turned into a perpetual…

If it’s worth doing, isn’t it worth doing well?

“Once, I performed a rectal examination on a patient, but I kept thinking something felt wrong.”

She paused, and her college-age audience waited eagerly for her conclusion — after all, a rectal examination-gone-wrong story told by an ER doctor was more interesting than the weather or politics.

“It wasn’t until…

Anneliese Rider

Published author, freelance writer and editor, biking enthusiast, and blogger at annelieserider.com.

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