Academic journal article Field

Other Things That Happened on the Day My Mother Died

Academic journal article Field

Other Things That Happened on the Day My Mother Died

Article excerpt

I bought an everything bagel from Panera and shared

half with Natalie. We picked up some shoes at the

mall that she needed for dance team. A book came

in the mail. Eliot told me this joke: "What do you call

a magic owl?" "Whodini." "I've looked out this

window so many times," Natalie's friend Kennedy said

as Natalie drove the car around the block, practicing.

I made myself a sandwich and thought "anonymous

bread," because suddenly now I'm always eating. I bet

I could eat this house, starting at the front door. I

had this dream I was chewing glass so why not move

to the table and chairs, why not move to the lambent

originals we keep out of sight in case the secret police

arrive unexpectedly, parking at the corner behind the

retirement facility. I always knew-what did you always

know. …

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