Remember when you were 7 years old?
You had to go grocery shopping with your mom.
You love mom, but the call
of all those overstuffed grocery shelves
was too powerful,
You were one of those “inquisitive independent” types…
That’s what the teacher said to our parents…

15 minutes into your adventure
The panic kicked in.
You lost sight of your mom.
You’re lost….you’re crying
alone in a crowd of strangers.

Now imagine what’s it’s like
when the strangers,
who don’t speak your language,
take you from your mom, dad,
annoying little/big brother/sister?

Do you remember?
Now do you understand?


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.