believing in me

december 2027
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Meg Schehl (28 years)

I wrote my first play back at university, and have been trying to wedge my foot in the door of theater ever since. Finally this past summer, one of my earlier plays was picked up to run at the community theater through September and October. I had a great cast, and the rehearsals went superbly well. Our reviews were a mixed bag, but overall the theme was that there was talent on the stage, and potential for me as well.

The theater definitely wants me to write and direct another play in the future too, I just need to get some new material to them to review.

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unexpected silver lining

april 2027
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(Schehl Household Profile)
Delaney Schehl (64 years), Jared (63 years), Lizzie (12 years)

narrated by: Lizzie

We lived a very routine life, I would come home from school and often find Mom resting on Dad’s hammock before her shift at the restaurant.

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waiting game

march 2026
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Elise Schehl (29 years), Peter (27 years)

narrated by: Peter

Mom had been helping Elise find a house for us, sometimes Elise found it less than helpful but she endured. They found a great house in Lincoln Park last spring, but it had been gutted for renovations, and was only affordable because it had no kitchen or bathroom plumbing. Mom did the research to help us get our finances in order, and even helped us with the down payment so that we could make it happen.

We were able to move in last summer, but only after receiving a monetary gift from my parents. Elise did not enjoy humbling herself, but she wanted the house more than her pride. She really only wanted to move once, so she bit her tongue.

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overdrawn

april 2024
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Isaac Gavigan (24 years), Lauren Gavigan (22 years)

She didn’t tell her parents, they’d gotten married nearly four months prior and it just seemed like the opportune time had passed, so she continued to say nothing. She knew that her sister Meg would rat her out, and she might even feel guilty for it, but Lauren was grateful to not share the news.

They didn’t have a honeymoon, and it seemed that reality was biting them hard. Isaac had promised they’d get real curtains for Valentine’s Day but that holiday had passed over, they celebrated with lettuce and no salad dressing. It had zero luster, then came the bills. Living in the dorm was easier with her parents helping to pay the way. This was real life mixed in with college, and it was not pleasurable.

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