Mia’s Mom

by Linda McMullen

I’ve just got to send a few emails, honey, then we’ll play Candy Land. I’m sorry I’ve got to work late. I’ll come to the next show – I promise. I couldn’t help it, Mia, the CEO asked for me personally. I told everyone at work when Mia got into Stanford. I suggested that I could drive her up there, and she said, I’m sure it’d be tough for you to get the time off – don’t bother.


Linda McMullen is a wife, mother, diplomat, and homesick Wisconsinite. Her short stories and the occasional poem have appeared in over one hundred literary magazines. She received Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations in 2020. She may be found on Twitter.