Foster Beach, Chicago
by Diane K
The prolonged power outage drove everyone to the beach. I didn't have air conditioning anyway, but it was freakishly hot and my cats were panting. I wet them down as much as I could and headed out. I lived within walking distance of Foster Beach. Sometimes I rode my bike there. Chicago is a city of extremes. Hundred degree weather, yet the water was still ice cold. When I started dating him, things were fun. He said he never used to go to the beach, but we went every day. He got tanner and tanner until he looked like a black man, he joked. We stayed up all night smoking and writing jokes. We had decadent, reckless, self-destructive fun together that summer. We went to a lot of neighborhood bars, which is where I met him. I went there often to write, and one night he walked in. Looking back, it was one of the worst and best things that ever happened to me. I thought he could be the one, I really did.It would only be three months later that I would discover I was pregnant. The relationship was falling apart by then. I don't even remember why. He thought we should get married, but I knew I wouldn't be happy. He said, "We should get married whether you're happy or not." He was in and out after that as he had no interest in being a father unless we were married. I resigned myself to being a single mother. It was exciting and terrifying. When our son was born, it only made sense that his first outing would be to the beach. It was a rare time that his Dad was with us. By then, late summer, it was a little colder and there were very few people there. I even remember what I was wearing that day--black velvet. Seven months later, we would move away and start over.First Grade Writing Prompts for SeasonsSecond Grade Writing Prompts for SeasonsThird Grade Writing Prompts for SeasonsFourth Grade Writing Prompts for SeasonsFifth Grade Writing Prompts for Seasons
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