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The Couch

While Steven and I, still in our pajamas, sat in front of the television watching Looney Tunes, a man in a green truck pulled into the driveway. We ran to the window, prying the blinds open with our fingers, watching … Continue reading

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Sacrificed

Daniel packed his trucks in their plastic case and then sat on the sofa, his hands stuffed inside the pockets of a puffy blue coat. “I’m ready to go now,” he asserted, watching me eat the last of my breakfast. … Continue reading

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Missing

Over the years people claimed to have seen her, passed her in the supermarket, on the street; saw her on the bus, at the airport: spoke with her while in line at the DMV, while she ate her lunch on … Continue reading

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In the Moment

As I drove onto the property, I could feel the festivities going on in the back. It was my grandmother’s birthday, and there was always a big celebration with cousins and great-aunts, lifelong friends and neighbors who lived a couple … Continue reading

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Expecting Rain

Pearl liked to take a walk before dinner, during the last half of the Sally Jessy RaphaĆ«l show, before the oven timer buzzed. She set aside her mending, slipped on her shoes and sun hat, and moved onto the porch, … Continue reading

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Familiar Land

We hadn’t seen each other in the last two decades and had spoken maybe four or five times during the holidays when my parents and my sisters and I huddled around my mother’s old rotary phone to speak with relatives … Continue reading

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Endless Summer Days

Summer days felt endless, and we were unstoppable, resistant to the heat, sudden downpours, and hunger. We thrived on blackberries, sour grass, hose water, tag, and hide-n-seek. There were seven of us all together, my older sisters, Mira and Josephine, … Continue reading

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Morning Coffee

A few days before she arrived, my parents huddled in the living room, the kitchen, engaged in hushed conversations that left them rubbing their brows, exhaling, throwing their hands in the air. “What’s wrong?” I asked my mother on the … Continue reading

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Brown Sweater

On Saturday mornings, my mother dropped me off at the Drip N Dry with four baskets of laundry and six dollars worth of quarters stuffed in a red coin purse. She sat in the car while I lugged the baskets … Continue reading

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The Guardian

We lived on the edge of Sweetfield in a three-level house with ten acres of land separating us from our nearest neighbor. My great aunt, Jackie, preferred it this way, relishing in the quiet, the solitude. In the early days, … Continue reading

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