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Aug. 25, 2008, midnight
The chilly wind swept across the beach, gathering sharp grains of sand and scouring everything in its path. In self-defense, to hide from the stinging onslaught, I pulled up the hood of my windbreaker and pushed my hands deep into my pockets. I had been walking for some time but I wasn’t ready to give up and head in. I still had some thinking to do.
Aug. 11, 2008, midnight
I’m a little homesick. I shouldn’t be. I haven’t been anywhere for months. Other than a weekend or two out of town last winter, I’ve been right here. I go to sleep in my own bed and wake up to make breakfast, feed the pets, back out of the garage and head to work. The next day, I do it all over again.
Aug. 4, 2008, midnight
Walking the dogs down the sidewalk in the dark, I didn’t see him at first. The man standing at the edge of the park was almost invisible, blending so well into the scenery I didn’t notice him until we were close enough to touch.