The Boy In The Hallway

There was nothing extraordinary about my elementary school except for the lovely courtyard that stood in the direct center of the surrounding classrooms. The courtyard was filled with fruit trees, flowers, and other assorted greenery carefully tended by Mr. Tanaka, the groundskeeper. A kind, soft-spoken man who had the gift of a green thumb, so no matter what he planted, […]

The Woman In The Ironwood Tree

In the middle of the patio grew an enormous ironwood tree. Its sprawling branches would cast huge shadows across the boundaries of the property belonging to my grandparents.  I was lucky enough to have a treehouse on one of its lower branches. There I would spend hours playing alone, and on windy days I would close my eyes and listen […]