Free Trial Offer Try The Sun at no cost or obligation Get your free issue

Maria Hummel

Maria Hummel is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and lives with her husband and son in San Francisco, near the only natural, aboveground creek in the city. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Literary Mama, and Ploughshares. Her essay in this issue won the 2009 Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award from the Salem College Center for Women Writers.

— From November 2009
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Curtain

The color of the hospital curtain dividing the room changes with the light. If our neighbor by the window keeps the blinds open, the cloth that divides the room is a sea green riddled with purple. If the neighbor likes it dim, the curtain becomes the mottled color of a bruise just before it heals. When we have no neighbor, we push the curtain back so we can see the view of the black-papered roof.

November 2009
Help Sustain The Sun We've lifted our paywall. In this time of isolation, we want to share stories about what connects us, the challenges we face, and the moments when we rise to meet them. Donate