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her arms wide like Jesus. Gisela thought she was joking (so did I), but Bev flew around the rink, shouting like a preacher, “This is the house of the holy!” My family is Catholic, but we don’t go to church anymore. Mom is too tired to go anywhere except, sometimes, to the doctor. Sincerely, Alice October 4, 1991 Dear Kristi, Gisela doesn’t do doubles yet, but Ivan says she skates “like angel.” He winked at me and said, “And you skate like devil.” Is it better to skate like an angel or like the devil? Sincerely, Alice “the Devil” Maravicious October 6, 1991 Dear Kristi, Danny, my younger brother (nine years old), asked me this morning if Mom has cancer. I told him she didn’t. “Why is she in bed all the time?” he asked. “Because she works hard,” I said. “But when does she work?” he said. “She doesn’t have a job.” “She works hard on her paintings.” “I don’t ever see her painting.” “She looks after you and me,” I said. “But after school, I’m at Kaleidoscope and you’re at the rink.” “There is a lot you don’t know about adults,” I said. “Believe me, okay?” I think he believed me. But I didn’t believe myself. Does Mom have cancer? Your concerned friend, Alice

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Windmill - December 2016  

The Hofstra Journal of Literature and Art

Windmill - December 2016  

The Hofstra Journal of Literature and Art

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