Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Father Flynn says it’s a mortal sin for girls to have impure thoughts. Then he lets us out for recess.
That night I ask Mom what he means. She gives me a Catholic book for teens called, Your Changing Body.
It shows a black & white photograph of two older girls slow dancing.
Underneath the photo it says, “Banish impure thoughts through prayer.”
But no matter how hard I pray I can’t get that photo out of my head.
spring fever . . .
Author's Note: Previously published in Mariposa spring/summer 2016