Flash

Blurred purple photo. Photo taken by the author.

Machine

View of purple night sky through silhouettes of trees. Photo taken by the author.

Road

The author's family chats outside. Photo courtesy of the author.

Marshmallows

View of highway, blue sky, and distant traffic from the author's ride home. Photo courtesy of the author.

The new goodbye

A stack of books in front of the author's window. Photo taken by the author.

Playing pretend

Photo of the author as a child outdoors and riding a tricycle. Photo courtesy of the author.

My second home

Photo of the author's grandfather. Photo courtesy of the author.

Small town hockey

Abstract art — lines on a green backdrop — created by the author.

A binding breath

Screenshot of the author's assignment score, reading "YOUR SCORE: 109. 100 + 9 bonus." Photo courtesy of the author.

Bonus problems make a difference

The author's view from the back seat of their drive. Photo courtesy of the author.

My love story to the ride home

The author’s pet got his head stuck in a Kleenex tissue box. Photo courtesy of the author.

Dear Paximilian

Artwork created by the author of ghosts closing in on a skeleton, near a sign that says "THE END IS NEAR," inspired by "I Know the End" by Phoebe Bridgers.

Love in lyrics

Photo of the author and her siblings. Photo courtesy of the author.

When I think of my siblings...

A firework in a dark sky. Photo taken by the author.

Love is like Legos

Rolls of sushi prepared by the author. Photo taken by the author.

Practice makes perfect

The author and his quiz bowl team. Photo courtesy of the author.

Reflection and Acceptance of Failure