For the first few months after my son was born, I called him The Baby, or sometimes just Him with a capital H, huge proper nouns to illustrate how completely he took over my life. Is he eating, not eating? Pooping, not pooping?
Megan Stielstra is the author of the story collection Everyone Remain Calm and the Literary Director of Chicago’s 2nd Story storytelling series, where she regularly tells stories to drunk people. Her work has appeared in Other Voices, The Nervous Breakdown, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz, Swink, Monkeybicycle, Annalemma, and Punk Planet, among others, and she performs regularly for 2nd Story, Write Club, and The Paper Machete. She teaches in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College. Online, she lives at www.meganstielstra.com.