A Girl On A Swing: A Short Story

A Girl On A Swing: A Short Story

She sat there thinking of everything that ever was and ever could be.


Once upon a time, on a swing in a tiny midwestern park sat a girl. She was a little old to be sitting in a park, but it was a little late in the fall and a little late in the day for anyone else to be there, so she found it okay.

She sat there, and she stared into the distance, drifting into the past, thinking of everything that ever was and wondering about everything that could be. The past was darker and pulled her deeper, back to days that she dares not to think of let alone speak about. It was almost time.

She was jolted back to the present by the sound of her mother's voice calling her home for dinner. Not wanting to go back into that house but knowing that there was no other choice but to go, she went. It's almost time.

On the walk home, she thought of the actions that got her into the current situation. If only she hadn't gone to that party that night, if only she hadn't worn that blouse, then maybe everything would be okay.

Maybe she did have another choice. Maybe she didn't have to go home. Maybe if she didn't go home, she wouldn't have to face her fate. Maybe she could turn left down this sidewalk and follow it all the way to the bus station. Maybe at that bus station, she would get on a bus, a bus that would be going to a destination, a destination that would be unknown to her and very far away from where she currently was. Maybe she was delusional for thinking that that was actually an option. It's almost time.

She stepped foot in the door and immediately was flooded with the smells of home: vanilla and her mother's perfume with a dash of buttery mashed potatoes.

Her head was swimming. She was overwhelmed with emotion and wanted so badly to explode and let everyone know everything, but she knew no one could ever know her secrets. It was almost time.

"Could you set the table?" her mother asked as she set a pile of plates, napkins, and silverware into her outstretched arms.

Yeah, Mom, of course, I'll set the table. Thanks for asking. The doorbell rang. It's almost time.

Her sister opened the door. Oh, no. "Mom, someone left a box on the porch!" Oh, no. She can't know the truth. "It's addressed to-" she cuts off when I snatch the package from her hands. No one can know the truth. It would be the end, maybe the end of it all.

"Thanks, hon, but I got it from here. You know how to set the table, right?" I needed to get her mind off this. I needed to fix this before it all went downhill. It's almost time.

She took the box and ran to her room. How do I fix this? I made this mess. None of this would have happened had I not been so funny at that party. She finally opened the box. She then pulled the toy dinosaur out of the box and the whole world exploded.

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10 Reasons Why Frida Kahlo is Iconic

A spotlight for a woman deserving of it

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was an artist born in 1907 in the city of Coyoacán, Mexico. She is celebrated for her work, primarily self portraits, which boasted originality with every stroke. Kahlo expressed her deep rooted Mexican and indigenous culture in every single piece of hers. Recognizable by her bold eyebrows and her eccentric attitude, Frida Kahlo is the artist to know.

1. Frida Kahlo defied society's beauty standards

Frida Kahlo was radical in every sense of the word. She took it upon herself to purposely darken her facial hair as a statement. Kahlo didn't care to fit with the norm, she subverted to the concept of femininity and the idea that beauty meant having only Euro-centric features.

2. Frida Kahlo was un-apologetically bisexual

Frida Kahlo and Chavela Vargas, c.1950 - Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine

Kahlo ventured into different parts of herself quite often. In her time, women weren't accepted as being individuals who could be fluid with their sexuality. Of course, Frida Kahlo didn't care to subject to such restrictions. She said to have had a lot of lovers including Josephine Baker, Dolores del Rio, Paulette Goddard and Maria Felix as well as the prestige American painter, Georgia O'Keeffe.

3. She had exotic animals as pets

Frida Kahlo and her pet deer, Granizo, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray

The artist incorporated her animals in many of her portraits. She owned a spider monkey, a fawn, birds, and a dogs throughout her lifetime.

4. Her artwork is extremely genuine and raw

The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo (1939)
Frida Kahlo suffered from a lot of pain and downfalls due to a bus accident she was involved in as a young girl. It resulted in a severe spine condition and a lot of time laying in bed immobile. She painted as a pastime and deeply channeled her roots and hardships. The painting above showcases her internal thoughts after having suffered several miscarriages due to her physical condition.

5. She never cared for gender roles

Sometimes the abstract artist cross-dressed as a political statement. "She dressed like boy with shaved hair, pants, boots, and a leather jacket" in attempt to create an eye-catching attraction that's hard to miss.

6. Kahlo survived an accident that should've killed her

Frida Kahlo after an operation, 1946

Although Frida suffered a lot, she endured that pain until her late 40's. Frida Kahlo was involved in a bus accident that ending up essentially ruining her spine, because of the lack of proper procedures and medical equipment at the time. She was diagnosed with scoliosis, and she had consistent problems with her hips and knees. Kahlo spent a lot of time in a wheelchair or on bed rest where she created some of her best work.

7. She looked to herself for inspiration

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird by Frida Kahlo (1940)

Frida Kahlo stated “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” She looked to herself to create beauty out of the abyss she found herself in.

8. She lived in a blue house

What is now The Frida Kahlo Museum was once Frida Kahlo's family home in Mexico City. It was nicknamed "La Casa Azul" or "The Blue House" because of it's beautiful vibrant shade of blue. Frida spent the majority of her life in that house, and so personal objects are left in their place as a look into her personal life.

9. Her long-term spouse was another artist

Although Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo had a rough marriage, she loved him deeply. Kahlo was found herself separating from Rivera only to unite once more. She wrote about him and painted about him. One of her journal entries includes "I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and i’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.” He wasn't good for her, and she was aware, but ultimately that didn't seem to matter.

10. Frida Kahlo de Rivera is unlike any other artist

Frida Kahlo with a Portrait of Her Father

Frida Kahlo is truly remarkable. She acknowledged her insecurities and her flaws, and she created life and beauty out of them.There will never be an artist with such imperfect grace or original distinction.

Cover Image Credit: Lucienne Bloch

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Poetry On Odyssey: Spring

Living in hopes of tomorrow.


Bold enough to to rise from the ground. An
extra hour here and there to soak up the sun's
rays beyond the clouds.

Living in hopes of tomorrow. Unsure of the
course of today, but beliefs that the course of
things will change for the better along the way.

Opportunities on the rise.
Somedays, sometimes.

Sprouting beyond the ground. Reaching beyond
the skies. Must remember that windows of
chance are unforeseen, but not unattainable.

Overcoming the unknown is a fear to be true.
Like the tears I fear to cry over future
unfortunate news.

Moments are here. In time, til then and now. I'd
like to believe that things will be better another
season, another year, another time from now.

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