We bring home, from far off places, things to remind us of where we’ve been, and who was there. This tin star from New Mexico is hung in our home after waiting two years for a light to brighten it. The light is found on the day my fiancé’s grandson is born, on a day where friends and family say, “welcome to the world.” We hang this star of colored beads to welcome him. This star bought the day before I knew what love felt like, having explained to a friend that when you’re older, you finally recognize love, and accept it for what it is. This star reminds me of unconditional love, and when I was welcomed to the world two years ago. So welcome Connor, too, and know that today, just now, your star is born and hanging in our home.
When in life do you fall in love with appliances? When knobs and lights, heat and the proper lines of cool refrigerant expose the underbelly of age? When exactly does the idea of them take hold? Is it when building a home with someone you love steals you against the outside world? When the years that are left take on more meaning? The cast iron skillet will outlast everything we bought at the appliance sale. This knife will cut long after the refrigerator goes out. Maybe it’s the sudden agreement on just the right model, when you’ve walked up and down the aisles and you both stand in front of a beautiful sleek range and together say, “that one.”
My story, Follow Me Through, along with several other stories, will be published in With: New Gay Fiction on December 2, 2013.
With: New Gay Fiction, along with its poetry companion, Between: New Gay Poetry, are the first original anthologies published by Chelsea Station Editions. These anthologies have been assembled and published without the help of any crowdsourcing campaigns or financial donations, so please purchase a copy when they become available soon at online and independent booksellers across the country or now at the Chelsea Station Editions website.
Edited by Jameson Currier, With: New Gay Fiction also includes the work of writers, David Bergman, Michael Carroll, Lewis DeSimone, Jack Fritscher, Ronald M. Gauthier, Michael Graves, Shaun Levin, Dan López, Jeff Mann, Vincent Meis, Matthew A. Merendo, Joel A. Nichols, David Pratt, Stefen Styrsky, and William Sterling Walker.
So happy to be included in this important anthology and I thank Mr. Currier for my story’s inclusion. I’ll publish the links as they become available.