birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.


I do it often. I pretend that I'm okay. That everything is okay. That I like my job. That I like your kids. It's tiring. I think I'll stop pretending.

Make-believe. For some reason I used to go to restaurants and give an outrageous name to the hostess: Antonia, Scarlett, Veralise... . But then when they called the name to indicate that my table was ready I'd already forgotten they were calling me. Stopped make-believe.

Necessity to pretend or make-believe? No. It's just fun.

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