Would you Say Yes? | April 1, 2009

“So, Liz…,” Karen says, “If Jeremy asked you out, what would you say?”

We are sitting in Starbucks, holding steaming cups of caramel macchiatos – this is before I realize that it’s the milk making my stomach hurt, since it turns out that I’m lactose intolerant, and not just the conversation. I take a long sip while Karen watches me closely.

“Would you say yes?” she asks.

Need-Machines – March 18, 2009 | Part 2

“So what is this passage all about, then?” says Suze.

We all quiet and stare at the words again, looking for answers.

Anthony looks up suddenly, already grinning, and says, “Kids are need-machines!”

We all begin to laugh, and I glance over at you, trying to catch your eye. “What are you talking about?” I say.

“I get it,” Kristina says, nodding. “Kids are needy. They’re not embarrassed to ask for what they need, right, babe? They’re pretty bold, actually.”

“Exactly,” says Anthony, who winks at Kristina.

Need-Machines – March 18, 2009 | Part 1

We six – you, me, Anthony, Kristina, Suze and Lis (AKA “Shack”) – sit in a circle on the carpet on your parents’ living room floor, Bibles and theological commentaries on the book of Mark spread out in front of us. Our group has been slowly shrinking as it becomes less social club and more revival, and former members like Karen and the expert swing dancer have been getting too busy to come, and today even a few regulars can’t make it.

Hot Dog! – An email to a friend | March 3, 2009

[All photos from Unsplash] This is a serial telling of my falling-in-love story. Read the story from the very beginning here. Note: this is an ACTUAL email I wrote at the time (though it has been edited for clarity and relevance). Dear Christine, Last night I couldn’t sleep. I kept tossing and turning and dreaming and hoping […]

Doubting – February 21, 2009 | Part 3

[All photos from Unsplash] This is a serial telling of my falling-in-love story. Read the story from the very beginning here. Read Part 1  and Part 2 of “Doubting.” Karen continues: “After the video ended, I asked Jeremy how he was doing. He said, ‘Well, it’s hard to be rejected.’” “That’s so true,” says Kristina. “Oh, Kristina, […]

Doubting – February 21, 2009 | Part 2

[All photos from Unsplash] This is a serial telling of my falling-in-love story. Read the story from the very beginning here. Read Part 1 of “Doubting” here. “Anyway,” Karen says, “Jeremy and I recently dated. Sort of. A month ago he wanted to get together, so we met up and he said, ‘Since we’re such good friends […]

Dancing – January 30, 2009 | Part 2

[All photos from Unsplash] This is a serial telling of my falling-in-love story. Read the story from the very beginning here. Read Part 1 of “Dancing” here. You face me and hold out your hands. I grab hold and you pull me into the center of the floor. “Do you know the basic steps?” you ask. “How about […]