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Monthly Archive for January, 2014

Barbara

I was standing just inside the school doors on Sunday, my purse overflowing with necessary snacks and unnecessary books and all of it cutting into my shoulder. When I saw her. Both of us here for church. A year had passed since we’d patted each other’s shoulders, and before that, maybe seven more. But there […]

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The Awakening

I heard his waking. The creaking of his bottom bunk as his legs stretched and his body twisted and as he gathered his legs again to his chest to scrunch beneath his blankets. I followed the thump of his footsteps to the bathroom, his shoulder clipping the pocket door and the racket of things rushing […]

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You Look Tired

I was two minutes on a friend’s couch, as enveloped as she was in the buzz of kids. Kids circling the stairway. Kids asking for chili. Kids bored. When she said simply, “you look tired.” Life was swimming around the two of us, no noise more discernible than the next and yet, I heard it. […]

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Unloved

She did not consider my minutes in the kitchen putting breakfast together the night before while she shared a chair with her daddy and they tapped on the ipad with pointer fingers… Or the near hour I read aloud from Sarah Plain and Tall while she cut and smoothed and hovered over sketch paper with […]

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