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Brittney Gilbert
New York City
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I will have a baby within the next two weeks. Before October makes its way into the world, so will my daughter. This was the plan. Get pregnant, grow a human, push her out into existence. This was the plan... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Sparkwood & 21
I am 35 weeks pregnant today. We are nearing the end. I feel like I've been pregnant for five years, and I can't believe I still have five more weeks to go. I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Sparkwood & 21
When you are pregnant for the first time in your whole life, there is so much you don't know. Read all you want, but it's hard to know what is considered normal. I'd read that Braxton-Hicks contractions could start around... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Sparkwood & 21
Here’s something you might not know, because I sure as sin didn’t: 25% percent of women will experience bleeding while pregnant. 1 in 4! I’d heard about the morning sickness, the exhaustion, the breaking down in tears at the drop... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Sparkwood & 21
There was never a right time. Too poor. Too crazy. Too irresponsible. Too frantic. I couldn't beat my snooze habit, how could i raise a child? I wasn't even sure I wanted one. I liked my life. Sure, it was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Sparkwood & 21
Almond horns Chocolate-covered baklava Brooklyn Bagel Deals discount store ($5 cat litter!) Astoria Park Tyrokaferti, a spicy feta cheese spread lemon potatoes in Greek restaurants yoga in the park Greek diners Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Sparkwood & 21
A man sweeping up trash told me I was beautiful, and it made me happier than it should, as though I'd been waiting to hear it my whole life. I climbed slick stairs that delivered me into the guts of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
The NYC deli is a peculiar beast. It separates the boys from the men, or rather, the lifers from the transplants. Rarely have I felt more intimidated than when stepping into a New York deli. First of all, they have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
We touch each other on the train. I can’t stand it when we touch. Her arm is too soft, his hand is too rough. Long hair that doesn’t belong to me falls on my bare shoulder. It is a frenzy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
A moth took the subway this morning, rode it all the way from Queens to Manhattan. Amongst the bodies, bodies and more bodies, sweating and tense, flitted a fragile thing. The moth caught eyes. She danced on air, wings beating... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
A beautiful woman with a tired face asks a wild girl-child to please sit. The little girl would rather stand, twirl, spit, jump, defy. With some prodding, she climbs onto the seat backward, her sparkly high-top sneakers dangling off the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
I am learning that my self-loathing is selfish. That first sentence initially had a parenthetical. It said (too slowly) after the word learning. I took it out. My learning is not too slow. Even in writing that my self-loathing is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
This is me to myself, a neurotic person with a tendency toward social anxiety and slight claustrophobia, when I take the subway: "Don't look for the train. Don't look for it. It doesn't matter if you can see it, it'll... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
Put on your raincoat and grab an umbrella. A small umbrella, not those tarps on sticks you see at golf games. Kiss your lover goodbye, because you may not survive. Test out the water-proof-edness of your boots by walking straight... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
I remember walking down the cosmetics aisle of my neighborhood Eckerd in high school and noticing lotions and makeups that vowed to erase lines or were touted as "anti-aging" and thinking, "I'm so glad I don't have to worry about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
He is banging his head against the doors of the subway car. His voice is a whine. "I just want something to report back. I had so many people behind me." He is young and thin with a wiry, overgrown... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
This morning I woke up at 6 am, not because I'd set my alarm (I had), but because the cats I'd locked out of the bedroom an hour or so prior were scratching to be let in. Had they not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
You can't hear snow fall. At least I can't. I often listen to rain sounds through headphones, stormy ones, with claps of thunder. Sometimes the sounds of a rainforest. I can't hear snow falling, and I can't hear a birdsong.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Sparkwood & 21
When we talked about moving and I imagined our New York apartment, I imagined a fourth floor walk-up, cramped and small, high in rent and a far walk from any desirable area. I imagined a giant brick box on some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Sparkwood & 21
I'd forgotten that riding the New York City subways brings out your inner warrior, that being deep inside you with an innate will to survive. Yesterday I got a harsh reminder. I had a job interview at 10 a.m. at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Sparkwood & 21
I set my alarm for 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1st because I had a one-way plane ticket to New York at 6:20 a.m. It was moving day, the day I'd cross the country through its clouds, and there was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Sparkwood & 21
I love San Francisco, and I probably always will. I fell in love with her because of her unparalleled beauty, splendid and unabashed, but I love her grime and her stink, too. She is a singular city, none others like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Sparkwood & 21
In one month I'm moving to New York City. If you are playing along at home, yes, that would be again. It was 2010 when I first moved to New York. I took a job there, moved into the midtown... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Sparkwood & 21
I wrote this fun thing for Trivia NYC. I'd like it if you read it. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Sparkwood & 21
Dear upcoming college freshman, Congratulations. You did it. You completed four years of high school, scored sufficiently on the SAT and participated in enough extra-ciricular activities that a university saw fit to add you to its roster, provided you take... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Sparkwood & 21