• hannah commented on the post, easygoing 1 year ago

    She was an easygoing girl, which made her easy to like. She was one of those people who just magically seemed to be friends with everyone. It was hard to say if she was really friends with them, though, or if they were just attracted to her like moths were to a flame. She seemed not to worry about it too much, though. Alicia didn’t worry about what people thought of her. That always struck me. She was one of the rare people I’ve ever met who truly found no pleasure in speculating about the thoughts and actions of others.

  • hannah commented on the post, ravenous 1 year, 1 month ago

    Lucious had never been so hungry before. The food spread before him didn’t seem anywhere near enough to quell his appetite, but since he wasn’t likely to get more any time soon, it would simply have to do. He settled down in front of his camp fire and dug in, eating the meager meal he had managed to provide for himself. It was nothing impressive, but then, his survival skills weren’t so great.

  • hannah commented on the post, bottles 1 year, 2 months ago

    “Grab a bottle of soda and try to relax, would you? You’re getting really uptight, and we haven’t even started yet.”
    “That’s half the reason I’m getting uptight!” exploded Mark, who was anxious beyond belief today. It was exhausting the rest of us to no end, of course, but he wouldn’t shut up about it, leaving us with nothing to do but try to calm him down.

  • hannah commented on the post, bottles 1 year, 2 months ago

    the bottles lined the shelf, looking almost lovely in the light. They sparkled, like glass will when the light hits it just right, and if it wasn’t such a testament to shame, I might have been enchanted by the sight.

    It was just so…strange. To see them. It was honestly an eerie feeling, one that gave me chills, and brought forth so many questions. How long had it taken to gather that many bottles, for starters? years? Did that mean this place hadn’t been cleaned in years? Or had it just been the last few weeks? That was an awful lot of bottles to collect in only a few weeks.

  • hannah commented on the post, footage 1 year, 2 months ago

    The footage was enough to shock me, but I didn’t want to believe what the camera had made so difficult to deny. It had to be a misunderstanding, I figured – something that had a perfectly innocent explanation. That was so much easier to believe than the idea that I had been duped all these years. It was just easier to pull the wool over my eyes and pretend that this hadn’t happened. This couldn’t POSSIBLY be happening. I felt sick to my stomach and handed the cellphone back to the stranger. “I don’t believe it.”

  • hannah commented on the post, dogmatic 1 year, 2 months ago

    It’s sort of an ugly word, bringing these images to mind of people so stubbornly clinging to outdated beliefs that they refuse to change. I’ve never liked the word dogma. I guess I never bothered to look it up or anything, it just gave me the heebie jeebies when I heard it. It’s not a positive word at all. Also, that bumper sticker. But now I can’t think of what it is. Anyway, it was too big a topic to write a one minute blurb about, so I just thought out loud.

  • hannah commented on the post, savage 1 year, 2 months ago

    The savagery was hard to watch, so I had to turn my head away from the screen. Lily loved horror movies, but they had never been my cup of tea. Usually, I stood my ground with her. She would poke and prod, and I would say no, because I didn’t want to have to watch people dying on screen even if they weren’t all being systematically taken out by serial killers. She didn’t take no for an answer sometimes, though, which was what left me here now, on the couch in her basement, watching some terrible movie, the name of which I didn’t even know.

  • hannah commented on the post, solidarity 1 year, 2 months ago

    I always picture a line of people with their arms linked when I think of solidarity. I know it’s kind of a cliche image. I think the word solidarity is actually a bit overused sometimes. Not that I don’t believe it’s important, I just think it’s become sort of a buzzword to make people think you want to do/are going to do great things. And I agree that solidarity is much, much better than charity. But is it really possible to stand in solidarity with someone if you have no understanding of what they’re truly experiencing? Doesn’t it always kind of feel like charity?

  • hannah commented on the post, infinity 1 year, 2 months ago

    Looking up at the sky has always made me feel like I’m staring into infinity. I know that the sky technically has an end, but that’s not how it feels. And when it’s night time, the feeling is all the more intense. It’s hard to feel like much of anything, staring into something so big. It’s humbling. But at the same time, there’s an intense rush of gratitude, at least for me. Like, it’s so strange that I’m standing here, staring up at these stars so many miles away, and how can I be anything but grateful for it?

  • hannah commented on the post, indecision 1 year, 2 months ago

    There were so many stupid brands of jelly! Marissa thought this was unnecessary. She stood in the condiment aisle of the grocery store, just staring at the rows of jars, all filled with different varieties of fruits, some with seeds, some without. There were at least three brands of raspberry jelly. How was she supposed to know which brand to take? Marissa had never really done her own grocery shopping before, and had no idea what brand her mother usually purchased. What if she didn’t like new brands? She had never been so overwhelmed before.

  • hannah commented on the post, silo 1 year, 2 months ago

    Silo. The word was easy on a spelling test, but Mary had no real idea what it was. She didn’t know the meaning of half the words. She was sure they’d been taught… But some of them just didn’t stick in her memory like they were supposed to. She thought it was a little silly that they were tested on how to spell the words, but not whether or not they actually knew them. But that was school for you. There didn’t seem to be any real logic to half the things teachers did.

  • hannah commented on the post, flipped 1 year, 2 months ago

    The back flip was magnificent. I’d seriously never seen anything like it. It was one of those tricks hardly anyone can do, so you can’t help but stop and watch the performer. Probably a good thing in the performer’s eyes. Certainly a great thing at the Olympics, or a circus or something. It seemed oddly out of place on the first day of school. I’ve never been the judgmental sort, but all the same… I couldn’t help but judge the back flipper a bit.

  • hannah commented on the post, chivalry 1 year, 2 months ago

    “What do you mean, a good thing?” demanded his sister. “It’s a good thing that my boyfriend stood me up?”

    “I think that most people would agree, there’s a huge difference between being chivalrous and being courteous,” he pointed out. “I don’t stand up my friends. Even if they’re guys. Unless it’s an emergency.”

    She pouted. “Well, I still think it’s unchivalrous of him.”

    “I just think that’s an outdated concept. The idea that I should wait on you hand and foot just because your a woman kind of implies that women can’t do anything, doesn’t it?”

  • hannah commented on the post, chivalry 1 year, 2 months ago

    “Chivalry is dead,” she muttered bitterly. It was supposed to be such a lovely night, and it was all ruined because he couldn’t be bothered to look at the clock and get here on time.

    “Actually, that’s a good thing,” pointed out her brother, glancing over from his place on the couch. He had spent the last two and a half hours playing video games, and didn’t look to be anywhere near bored of it. “It was basically founded on the idea that women are weak and can’t do anything.”

  • hannah commented on the post, worthwhile 1 year, 2 months ago

    Jacob wasn’t convinced that the math homework was a worthwhile way to spend his time. Especially when he could easily think of a million things to do that would be more productive than banging his head on the desk, trying to pretend the secrets to calculus would ever be revealed to him. He just hated it. He couldn’t remember when his relationship with math had turned sour, he just knew that somewhere along the line, something had gone horribly wrong.

    “Are you sure you don’t need any help?”

  • hannah commented on the post, based 1 year, 2 months ago

    “I really don’t think your observations are based in any sort of facts, Ralph.”
    “What are you talking about? They’e based in the facts of my own observation. Come on, Mr. Longra acts really weird all the time. And have you seen the food he eats? He must be an alien!”
    “This would be charming if you weren’t fifteen years old, but come on. You know better than to go around accusing people of being from other planets. Don’t you?”

  • hannah commented on the post, wealthy 1 year, 2 months ago

    I never really thought of myself as wealthy growing up, but when you look at the poverty around the world, that almost makes me feel guilty. There are so many people who go without so many things. Honestly, the problems seem unsolvable. It’s easier to play ostrich and put your head in the sand, but what good does that do?

    If wealth is power, then I guess with great wealth comes great responsibility. It bears remembering every once in awhile. If you have a lot, you can do a lot. If you have a little, you should still do what you can. Sometimes it seems impossible, but I doubt anyone has ever donated to a worthy cause and regretted it. I mean, that’s not really how it works, as far as I can tell.

  • hannah commented on the post, bloomed 1 year, 3 months ago

    The spring had long come and gone, and none of Marissa’s tulips had bloomed. She had tried to be brave about it. It had been a harsh winter for many plants, and it was hubris to hope hers would be some magical exceptions. The tulips that had managed to make it into the final stages of their lives were few and far between that year. Still, it was heartbreaking to go a whole spring without the happy sight of her favorite flowers lined up against the siding of her house.

  • hannah commented on the post, stapled 1 year, 3 months ago

    “Amelia, put the stapler down.”
    The two year old turned to her mother with an innocent expression. “Why mommy? I was playing?”
    Playing was not the word Yolanda would have used to describe it. Aside from the staples littering the floor around her daughter, it was pretty apparent that the crafty toddler was putting a few holes in the wall as well.

  • hannah commented on the post, irreverent 1 year, 3 months ago

    “Pfft. I don’t see what the fuss is about. S’just trees.”
    Andrea stared at Jack, a bit aghast at what he had just said. “Just trees? These trees are centuries old! They’ve been here longer than you have. Longer than your great-grandparents have!”
    “Yeah, and? So’ve rocks, right? I don’t get all gooey-eyed over rocks.”
    “Rocks aren’t alive,” she pointed out crossly. “It’s different when things are alive.”