Surprised By Fear

I have a guest post up today at You Are Here Stories, a collaborative blog of some of my favorite people on the internet who spend each month writing on a specific theme. My essay is tied to the theme of "Mess and Place." It starts like this:

"I walked out into the alley behind our house to dump the trash into the dumpster, only to nearly miss stepping on a used condom. It, along with the torn Trojan man package, was directly in front of our back gate. My daughter, age three, was right behind me–in bare feet.

“Oh no, honey,” I said pushing her backward with my hand. “You stay inside the yard. You don’t have shoes on; there might be broken glass.”"

Read the rest here.