Like Water and Stones

Photo by Toni Frissell, 1947

Photo by Toni Frissell, 1947

“On the same day Jo turned thirteen, a girl drowned down by the lake. Summer vacation had just started and Jo didn’t hear about it until everything was already over. The story had it that the girl fell out of a boat and didn’t even try to swim to safety. She just disappeared beneath the water and wasn’t seen again until the rescuers found her at the bottom. At least that’s how the story had it…”

Adolescence–that watershed time of life when kindness and cruelty, innocence and evil, empathy and egoism blend and do battle on the shifting sands of becoming oneself. It’s also a time of breath-taking vulnerability, particularly for young girls just beginning to wield the power tools of sexual attraction without yet being in possession of the necessary operating skills or safety gear.

I wrote the short story “Like Water and Stones” around a series of actual incidents, memories, and impressions from my own adolescence. It found the perfect home with VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Click on the link to visit their web site and discover their wide range of publications, events, and programs for writers.

Click here to read my short story “Like Water and Stones.” Special mention to Christi Krug for her insightful editorial suggestions.

The Winter 2014 edition also features prose pieces from Mary Mandeville; Jessica Zisa; Suzanne Lehman; and Valerie Wagner. In addition, it also features thirteen never-before-published poems by twelve master-class voices; the lyrical language of five young poets; and artwork by established craftswomen and aspiring visionaries.

Dive in, the water’s most enticing…