On the Plus Side by Ashley Cowger


’What happened next?’ That’s what everyone always asks. ‘Did you break up or what? Did you have the baby?’ All I can tell you is there is a plus side and a minus side to every choice you make. And fleas come back months after you think you’ve taken care of the problem.”—Rachel (former paid intern)
“I loved my son. That’s what you don’t see in his version of the story. Did I approve of his lifestyle? No, no I did not. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t love him. The thought that it ever occurred to him to wonder, it hurts more than you can understand.” –James Bannister (dead dad)
“My brother is an asshole. Why Ashley would want to tell a story from his perspective is beyond me. It would’ve been better to tell the story from Griff’s perspective, or mine. Isn’t it obvious that Greg doesn’t know what he’s talking about?” –April (sister of everything)
“It happened. It shouldn’t have, but it did. If I could take it back, I would. I guess that’s all there is to say.” –Beth (breasts heavy with milk)