by Lauren McBride

We used to laugh a lot when the children were little and did funny things, back when we were still young, and the world seemed vast and interesting. Gas was cheap. Your job was secure. And our future together was full of possibilities. Together we watched the news turn grim: 9/11, war, recession, unemployment. Now we worry a lot, and can only wonder what kind of a world will be waiting for our children when they leave home.


Lauren McBride is a part-time writer, full-time mother and former research assistant in molecular biology. She shares a love of laughter, science and the ocean with her husband and two children. Her work has appeared in the Aurorean, the Drabbler: Issue #14, Mom Writer’s Literary Magazine and online in various Ezines. She was recently chosen first runner-up in Crossed Genres’ flash fiction contest of July 2009 for her story, “Go-Green Grass.”