Everything is easy for a man who spent his boyhood separating hides from rabbits like pulling off a tube sock.
The city came in their big white trucks. They planted two orange cones around the hole, one for coming and one for going. Then, they left.
We got the call about Shimon on a Friday night. No one answered the phone, of course. Not on Shabbos.
I demanded answers from him. Why was he here, in my house? What did he want from me?
Any time now. Any time. The nurse touched him every time she left now. Made that face.
When Denise tries on the T-shirt, Wise Owl stretches across her big boobs until the S licks one nipple and the O perfectly encircles the other.
Side effects may include: Weariness. Apathy. Headaches that worsen with light and sound. Anxiety on Sunday mornings.
“After this, he goes over the emergency plan for if—when—the two of them are separated.”
The unraveling of Pa’s certainty, the wobble in his hands, the quaver in his voice, speak of things I cannot acknowledge.
I got jealous sometimes of the boys who liked Peggy. I wanted her to myself. She was the first friend I made at college. And the only one I ever cared to be around.