Walking by the tiny candy store on 8th Street, she smells the overly sweet caramel corn. She doesn’t like caramel corn but her mother does. Although she doesn’t know why, she goes in, waits in line, buys a bag of caramel corn, steps outside, and eats it.
Mardith Louisell’s fiction, essays and memoir can be found most recently in Solstice Literary Magazine, Best Travel Writing 2012 (Travelers’ Tales), Huffington Post (“Peeling Potatoes”) and at http://ipinionsyndicate.com/author/mardilouisell/. She grew up on Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota, and takes photos of people’s ears, which can be seen at www.mardithlouisell.com. She lives in San Francisco and works part-time in child welfare. Beside Myself, a book of flash fiction, is her current project.