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Spalding Women’s Specialists

Our Family is Growing We’re pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jovanni Neblett-Blackmon, Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Welcom y G n B O , n o e Dr. Jov m k c anni Neblett-Bla Dr. Neblett-Blackmon and Dr. Alberto Delgado provide a full range of obstetrical and gynecological services. The warm and friendly staff at Spalding Women’s Specialists provide care for women throughout their lives. Dr. Delgado is also fluent in both English and Spanish.

             

718 South 8th Street • Griffin, GA 30224 • 678-688-8227 www.spaldingwomensspecialists.com Serving Spalding, Lamar, Pike and Butts counties, and Locust Grove


TABLE OFCON TENTS STAFF PICKS............................................... 3 PLUG IN/ABOUT THE COVER...................... 4 HOARDER OR SLOB? .................................. 5 ENTREPRENEUR FOCUS............................. 8 BACK IN THE DAY: GRIFFIN OPERA HOUSE 11

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Aunt Lynne

WHERE’S THE JOY?..................................... 15 LA ISLA-­ A LOVE STORY............................... 19 JANUARY/FEBRUARY CALENDAR................ 24 PAPARAZZI................................................... 27, 31, 35 WHERE’S THE JOY PART II.......................... 29 INTERVIEW: WENDI MCLENDON COVEY..... 33 VENT............................................................. 34 BASKETBALL RETURNS.............................. 36 KITCHEN TABLE.......................................... 39 FREEDMAN’S FINDS.................................... 41 THE STORY KEEPER...................................

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BUSINESS CARD DIRECTORY.....................

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Photo by Cuba Gallery

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Sam Granger (Cover) see pg. 4

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Graceology Photography info@graceology.com Cindy Stansberry Photography cindystansberryphotography.com Alva Portraiture taylorbushphoto@yahoo.com Tyler Hill


STAFF PICKS What do you collect? ASHLEY

BEN

LAURIE

NICOLE

MANAGER

PUBLISHER

EDITOR

ART DIRECTOR

Milk glass

Bills

Cautionary tales

Other people’s tupperware

EXTENDED FAMILY ALLISON

AMANDA

BEAU

FEATURE WRITER

FICTION WRITER

Books

Perspectives

Silkscreen concert posters

ADMIN ASSISTANT Miles traveled

CATHY

EVA

JENNIFER

NAN

PHOTOGRAPHER

BRITTANY

FOODIE

FEATURE WRITER

AD DESIGNER

PHOTOGRAPHER

Library fines

Austerity

Coupons

Beautiful papers

PAIGE

RACHEL

RONNIE

TAYLOR

AD DESIGNER

FEATURE WRITER

OUTDOORS WRITER

SPORTS WRITER

Vintage cameras

Barbies & high heels

See pg. 5

Ticket stubs

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November 2007 when he was laid off and took an online career test that said he should be an artist. As a joke, Sam bought some supplies and found his true calling. Sam’s quirky, flamboyant style and adeptness with both humorous and pointed subject matter have led to his work being displayed across the Southeast and in prominent collections nationwide. Visit Sam G at www.samgfolkart.com.

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dollars.  I  collect  old  lures.  People  wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  haul   them  away  if  I  paid  them!  I  guess  I  just  collect   junk. Why  would  anyone  keep  a  spool  of  old  mono-­ ÂżODPHQWOLQHWKDWLVVREULWWOHLWSRSVOLNHWKUHDG" Who  knows?  Maybe  it  will  have  a  use  someday,   somehow. Many  people,  including  my  wife,  see  my  collec-­ WLRQRIÂżVKLQJVWXIIDQGORRNDWPHOLNH,DPFUD]\ And  maybe  it  would  be  a  real  short  trip  to  drive   PHFUD]\%XW,KDYHJRRGFRPSDQ\,VXVSHFW WKHUHDUHPDQ\RWKHUÂżVKHUPHQMXVWOLNHPH But  maybe  not  just  like.  At  least  I  am  not  like   VRPHÂżVKHUPHQ,NQRZ7KH\KDYHDOOWKHLUVWXII RUJDQL]HGDQGDUUDQJHGLQVRPHORJLFDORUGHU 1RWPH,GRQÂśWÂżOH,SLOH For  many  years  I  could  remember  exactly  where   everything  I  had  saved  was  stored.  Now  I  can  dig   DURXQGIRUGD\VORRNLQJIRUVRPHWKLQJDQGÂżQDOO\ give  up  and  go  buy  more.  No  wonder  I  have   such  a  collection.  Maybe  as  I  get  older  I  get  more   forgetful,  or  maybe  I  just  have  too  much  stuff.   No,  never. So  am  I  a  hoarder  or  a  slob?  I  guess  it  really   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  matter. You  can  read  more  from  Ronnie  Garrison  at   KWWSÂżVKLQJDERXWFRP $ERXWFRPLVSDUWRIWKH1HZ<RUN7LPHV Company

 

 

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2012

99 Years of Serving Businesses In Griffin-Spalding County Chamber Leadership 2012 Board of Directors

OFFICERS: John Tidwellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Impact Office Interiors, Chairman Jerry Lowerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Magnolia Lanes, Vice Chairman Fred Rudbeckâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Georgia Power, Treasurer Allen Edwardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Personnel Options, Inc. Past Chairman

DIRECTORS: DJ Brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Haisten McCullough Funeral Home Rodney Christopherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Central Georgia EMC David Clevengerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Griffin Daily News Be-Atrice Cunninghamâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;UGA Griffin Campus Fannie Delaneyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Board of Education, Ret. Will Dossâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Eagles Way Church Chris Farrâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Georgia Banking Co.

Adam Greerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Greer Insurance Co. Ben Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Liberty Technology Johnie McDanielâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;AMSAFE Aviation Dr. Randall Petersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Southern Crescent Technical College Denise Quickâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;G/S United Way Jim Skinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;United Bank

99th Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet January 12, 2012 6:30 p.m. Griffin Welcome Center

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11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Meet representatives from national, state, and local agencies that can help For More Info: you start or expand your business. 770.228.8200

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Thanks To 2011 Board of Directors

OFFICERS: Allen Edwards, Personnel Options, Inc., Chairman John Tidwell, Impact Office Interiors, Vice Chairman Jerry Lower, Magnolia Lanes, Treasurer Jim King, Past Chairman DIRECTORS: Rodney Christopher, Central GA EMC David Clevenger, Griffin Daily News Be-Atrice Cunningham, UGA Griffin Campus Charlotte Eady, AKA Sorority Amy Dunham, Edward Jones Buster Franklin, Impact Outsourcing Solutions Adam Greer, Greer Insurance Group Johnie McDaniel, AMSAFE Aviation Fred Rudbeck, Georgia Power Co. Jim Skinner, United Bank

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At a casual gathering at J. Henry’s, an acquaintance of mine remarked, “I’m just not sure about having children. I mean, when they’re about six months old, and their cheeks are all squishy, they’re so cute...I get that. But other than that, where’s the joy?” I looked back at my friend who is always attractively dressed and impeccably groomed. Her expression was light, but I detected a note of seriousness beneath her jocular tone. I imagined the subtle and not-­so-­subtle pressure she might be receiving from well-­intentioned family members: hints about grandchildren at family reunions, in-­ nuendos about baby names. As a veteran mother of three school-­aged girls, I opened my mouth to respond to this young lady’s question. I did not know what I was about to say. “Having children is hard,” I said. “It’s more like a marathon than a sprint. They’re expensive. But,” I added, “it’s worth it.” How could I explain that the joy is all around, although it comes at a price? The joy comes when you ride “It’s a Small World” with your five-­year-­ old, and you see in her eyes the sheer, unadulter-­ ated wonder they’re always talking about in the Disney World commercials, the kind you think doesn’t really exist anymore. The joy is there when your seven-­year-­old reaches out and unexpectedly takes your hand on the way to the mailbox and asks you what kind of animal you want to be. You, heedless of the neighbors and passing traffic, walk like an elephant to the mailbox, while she crawls on all fours like a cat. The joy is there when your fifth grader’s eyes light up when you are able to explain how to solve her homework word problem algebraically, even though you are an English ma-­

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jor and have not had any personal experience with algebra in 16 years. Sure, the joy is usually there on Christmas morn-­ ing, but everyone expects it to be there. Sometimes we work so hard cleaning the house, decorating the tree, and cooking the Christmas dinner that the joy doesn’t show up. But the joy was there on the first day of the October break, with a whole week ahead of exploring the woods, crunching through the leaves in the warm autumn sunshine, the humidity of summer gone. The joy comes again on a Janu-­ ary night, when you and your daughters are curled up on the couch sobbing when Beth dies in Little Women. The joy is there on a rainy November afternoon, when your 11-­year-­old beats you at chess. In the casual setting of the restaurant, I couldn’t explain to my friend that sometimes the joy pushes through when we least expect it, like sunshine around the dark shades on a spring morning. How could I explain, over the spinach dip, the joy you feel when your child rallies and recovers from a major health threat? I wouldn’t even attempt to ad-­ dress the joy that parents with seriously ill children experience when they take their children to Rock City, knowing that the

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bone marrow transplant is a few short weeks away. I

I didn’t tell her that a simple evening out at a res-­

know, though, from personal family experience, that

taurant, or a romantic weekend getaway with her

the joy is still there, and that it may be even stronger

husband, will, for a while at least, require the tactical

than those of us with generally healthy children will

planning skills of a military commander organizing

ever experience.

a major field campaign. I didn’t tell her that refold-­ ing a device known as a “Pack ‘n’ Play” or properly

Sure, the joy has a price. After the first few times of

installing an infant car seat would try the patience of

getting spit-­up on her silk blouse, my friend might

Mr. Rogers. I didn’t tell her these things because the

opt for wash-­and-­wear cotton. The Michael Kors

sweet, soft weight of your baby falling asleep on your

shoes may have to go, sacrificed on the altar of “Buy

shoulder, even once, makes it all worthwhile.

One Get One” at Payless. I didn’t tell her that for the first year or so, a trip to Walmart will require

When you choose to participate in that marathon

a checklist. Wipes – check. Formula – check. Spare

known as raising children, the joy is there, and it is

outfit – check. Diapers – no? Oh yes, that’s why we’re

powerful. It is not without cost. The joy is worth the

going to Walmart in the first place. If you have to ask

price, even when you’re washing sheets at 2 a.m. and

why a spare outfit is required, you have never had a

rifling through the medicine cabinet checking the

newborn. You may still be wearing a silk blouse and

expiration dates on the Phenergan. It’s worth it even

Michael Kors shoes.

when your preteen stamps her foot and tells you she hates you, and you tell her that that’s okay, because

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If my friend and her husband de-­ cide to become parents, some days,

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7  PM     8

Tuesday 4

Firehouse  Subs   All  Day

  ”‹ƥ Ž›– Ceramics  Building   Building           11  AM    

Super  Seniors

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7  PM    

7  PM    

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Salon  Fitness   Systems  

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Welcome  Center  

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Rock  Band   Challenge  

Senior’s  Day   Great  Clips

   

First  Fridays   in  Downtown  

”‹ƥ Downtown   Shoppes

6  PM     13

Chamber  of   Commerce   Annual  Dinner

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A  Novel   Experience  Zebulon

7  PM    

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No-­‐Guilt   Drop-­‐In  Book   Club

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Elk  Lodge  Pool  

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Oak  Hill  Baptist   Church  

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7  PM    

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Toastmasters   Ceramics  Class Spalding  County   Meeting

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Mac  Class

Liberty  Technology  

2  PM    

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McDonough  Art  Show

Windsor  Gallery McDonough

Southern   Cruisers  Car   Show

Wiseguys  WIngs

5  PM    

6  PM    

20 21 Comedy  Night Peachtree  City  

”‹ƥ‘—–”› 5K  &  10K Club

8  PM    

Glenloch   Recreation  Center

8:30  AM    

Girls  Night  Out  Showcase Starrs  Mill  Highschool  

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Ladies  Day

Breakfast  at   Mt.  Zion   Campground 7:30  AM    

28 Karaoke

Violin  Recital  

Maxi-­‐Lube  &   Wise  Guys  Wings Castrol  Premium   6  PM     Lube  Express  

Gordon  College   Fine  Arts  Center  

6  PM    

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7:30  PM    

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Foreign  Film   Club  Movie   Night A  Novel   Experience  Zebulon

5:30  PM    

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Friday

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Book   Much  Ado   About  Nothing Buddies   Barnesville  Library

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Chris Charroll, the Karaoke King and Larissa Fogleman singing at Wise Guys Wings

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Damon Plott and his boys Damon and Clayton with Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal from Walking Dead filming in Griffin

Turkey Trot 2011

The Caldwells win some money

Paparazzi   Stephan Berna? Scot Cagle singing karaoke at Wise Guys Wings

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WHAT’S BUGGING YOU? I hate it when the phone rings.

The word “chillaxin,” especially used by someone over 18.

I hate it when people don’t store your number, and every time you call and leave a message they call back (without listening to the message) and say, “Who is this?”

Bully Pulpits.

I reckon it actually took more effort to park taking up two spaces then it would have to just park straight.

“I’ll call you right back”! Doubt it.

People who don’t move to the fast lane so you can merge and get on the highway.

Publisher. Oh I hate Publisher.

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Chinese Resturants that advertise no MSG. You have to announce that you don’t put poison in your food?!

My Achilles tendonitis and iliotibial band.

Please don’t ask me to be your reminder service.

Is it me or are people more rude around the holidays? 6 days after buying a new car some old lady rear-­ended me. Ironically, I’m the person who preaches on a regu-­ lar basis against old people driving.

Voicemails that just say “Give me a call”. Tell me what you need!!

Unnecessary CC emails.

It’s tough to find a good 90s hits compilation CD.

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Paparazzi  

The Stephen Banister Band The Stephen Banister Band performs at The Back Room

Turkey Trot 2011

Waitress Paige Joiner and Judy William-­ son sing karaoke at Arve’s 92.5 The Bear Karaoke Night with Bill Bailey Turkey Trot 2011 Turkey Trot 2011

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I

t  seems  like  just  yesterday  that  the  NFL  was  ma-­

I’m  still  bothered  by  the  disregard  of  the  owners,  and  

ligned  for  failed  labor  negotiations,  distrust  among  

even  the  players,  for  the  well-­being  of  the  average  

the  players  and  owners,  and  a  weary  fan  base.  

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But  before  games  (or  substantial  revenue)  were  lost,  the  

problems  are  without  merit,  but  the  way  the  league  

NFL  settled  their  differences  and  saved  the  2011  season.

handled  the  situation  showed  a  lack  of  commitment  to   their  constituents  that  makes  me  feel  apathetic  toward  

The  NBA,  on  the  other  hand,  failed  to  come  together  

their  return.

and  ended  up  losing  nearly  1/4  of  their  season. It  seems  to  me  that  if  the  two  sides  really  cared  about   Basketball  is  coming  off  an  incredibly  successful  year  

getting  back  to  work,  a  deal  would  have  come  together  

in  terms  of  viewership.  The  Heat  and  the  “Big  Three,”  

to  save  the  entire  season  (e.g.,  the  NFL).  Call  it  good  

the  coming  out  of  MVP  Derrick  Rose,  and  Dirk  Nowitzki   business  sense  or  call  it  greed;;  either  way,  the  players   highlighting  his  illustrious  career  with  a  championship  

and  the  owners  didn’t  have  what  it  took  to  come  to  a  

were  all  amazing  storylines  for  the  NBA  to  gain  mo-­

consensus  in  time.    

mentum  with.  Sadly,  any  momentum  that  the  league   had  built  came  to  a  screeching  halt  with  the  announce-­

On  a  lighter  note,  a  shorter  regular  season  is  not  the  

ment  of  a  lockout  earlier  this  year.

nightmare  scenario  that  it  would  have  been  for  the   NFL.  Cutting  down  the  schedule  20  or  so  games  this  

I  won’t  bore  you  with  the  intimate  details.    When  push  

season  could  encourage  the  NBA  to  permanently  

came  to  shove,  the  owners  claimed  they  were  losing  

shorten  the  season,  which  keeps  players  fresh  and  

too  much  money  to  stay  in  business,  while  the  players  

puts  more  emphasis  on  playoff  basketball.  So  if  there  

cited  that  these  losses  were  exaggerated.  Unfortunate-­

is  a  silver  lining  to  be  found  in  this  whole  mess,  that  

ly,  the  bickering  carried  over  late  into  the  year  and  de-­

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layed  the  start  of  the  regular  season.  As  of  this  writing,  

the  long-­term.

the  owners  and  players  have  reportedly  come  to  an   arrangement  and  will  begin  playing  on  Christmas  Day.  

Don’t  get  me  wrong,  I’m  glad  the  NBA  is  back  in  busi-­

Nevertheless,  the  league  must  enact  an  abbreviated  

ness.  But  between  the  NFL  and  the  NBA,  I  think  we  all  

schedule  in  order  to  compensate  for  the  lost  time.  This  

have  had  enough  lockout  discussion  to  last  us  a  de-­

could  prove  to  be  a  problem  for  the  teams  because  

cade  or  two.  I’m  sure  I’ll  be  singing  a  happier  tune  once  

they  will  have  to  play  tiring,  unorthodox  schedules,  with  

I  see  Kobe,  LeBron,  and  Rose  in  the  playoffs  later  this  

some  teams  even  playing  three  nights  in  a  row.

season.  Until  then,  I’m  going  to  go  sit  in  my  room  and   quietly  wish  for  one,  simple  thing:  That  I  won’t  have  to  

It’s  going  to  be  interesting  to  see  if  the  players  can  

write  another  “lockout”  article  for  a  long,  long  time.

adjust  to  this  hectic  itinerary,  but  more  importantly,  how   the  fans  will  react  to  the  return  of  the  league.  Personally,  

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can you live like this, Mom? Daddy wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never let this happen.â&#x20AC;?

I try to focus on the words hurtling from my daughter Katieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mouth, but before I can grasp each oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meaning, another one comes along so I just stop trying to hear. Instead, I imagine the words are solid, concrete objects that I can pick up, turn over, examine, and store away for later use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas for Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake. I brought you a tree, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no room for it here!â&#x20AC;? I picture my antique glass Christmas ornaments, (Memawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasures from Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) tucked safely in WKHLUFDUWRQVHDFKĂ XWHGVSKHUHHDFKVSLUHGEDOO each delicate icicle, individually wrapped in old sections of the Sunday comic strips. What Charlie called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;funnies.â&#x20AC;? I can see them clear as crystal in their boxes in the back bedroom under the left side of the white can-­ opy bed that used to be Katieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pride, her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prin-­ cess and the Peaâ&#x20AC;? bed. The pebble is still there too, between the mattress and the box spring. I hid it WKHUH&KULVWPDVRI¡.DWLHKDGWKHĂ X2KVKH was so weak and feverishâ&#x20AC;Śjust pitiful, her fever kept spiking no matter what I did. Even as sick as she was, she was afraid Santa wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring her WR\VEHFDXVHKHZRXOGQ¡WZDQWWRFDWFKWKHĂ X Katie was stubborn then, still is. No amount of convincing about Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magic would console her. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of anything to make her stop crying. Then it hit me. Her daddy always calls her his princess. ClichĂŠ I know, but him calling her that always brought a shy giggle and a blush from her. Even that last time in the hospital three years ago. Her daddy was always her weakness. Me, I had to earn her love and approval. When Katie fell asleep between bouts of fever, I went outside in the drive and found the smoothest, w w w.k it chendr aw er.net

ZKLWHVWURXQGSHEEOH,FRXOGĂ&#x20AC;QGDERXWWKHVL]H of a pea. I took it inside and slipped it between the mattress and box spring of Katieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bed, then I waited for her to wake up. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait long before she stirred; for VHYHUDOGD\VVKH¡GKDGRQO\Ă&#x20AC;WIXOVOHHSEHFDXVH of her fever. I gave her a sip of water, and then watched the tears seep slowly from the corners of her big blue eyes and disappear down the sides of her face, leaving only faint trails as evidence of their passage. I can remember thinking how precious those tears were; how I wish I could have captured them, treasured them like priceless dia-­ monds though they were twice as dear and unique. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Santa will come, honey. I promise.â&#x20AC;? I told her Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d talked to him while she slept, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d promised to come. Where most six-­year-­olds would have been instantly convinced and delighted, Katie was skeptical. She stared into my eyes, her face all crunched up like a squashed soda can, sharp edges and all. Her look could cut right through you, even at six. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe me?â&#x20AC;? Katie didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move or look away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He said he left a promise pebble under your mattress, kind of like the pea in the fairy tale.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daddy calls me Princess,â&#x20AC;? she said then, a smile obliterating the criticalness in her eyes. She sat up in bed, and leaned over the bedside, digging her small hand under the mattress. I knew better than WRDWWHPSWWRKHOSKHUĂ&#x20AC;QGLWIRUKHUWREHOLHYH VKH¡GKDYHWRĂ&#x20AC;QGLWKHUVHOI2WKHUZLVHGRXEWV would cloud her faith, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be back to wor-­ rying. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always hated how different Katie and I were, but in that rare moment of victory, I was grateful to have understood her well enough to JLYHKHUWKHSURRIVKHQHHGHG7KHLQVWDQWKHUĂ&#x20AC;Q-­ gertips connected with the stone, her face bright-­ ened, and I knew she believed.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trash, Mom. Empty soda cans? Broken plates?â&#x20AC;?

,ZDVVFDUHGRIWKHIDOOPRVWO\SHWULĂ&#x20AC;HGOLWWOH hands would lose grip and shatter me into pieces. Things beyond their usefulness are trash in this

I shake my head to clear the past and try to focus

house. I feared the little hands, but it was large

again on what the grown Katie is yelling at me.

ones that broke me, hurled me across the dining

She kicks a crushed soda can, and I think again of

room and watched as I fractured and crashed to

her sharp-­edged, skeptical face that Christmas so

the ground. Later, the big hands came back and

long ago. I reach out and take a cracked white ce-­

tossed me away like rubbish. No mistake, I could

ramic dinner plate that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoving toward me.

have been salvagedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no worse for wearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but

The words are lost again. Actually, they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

that would have taken time, care, concern. At least Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still a plate, broken and unable to hold

I hold it up in front of me and the rip looks like a mouth, and for a second Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m scared it might devour me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m scared I might disappear like the years of my life, with no one left behind to speak my words, to tell my story.

the morning eggs and toast, but a plate, regard-­ less. What can they call themselves, I ask, when they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know that what they value mostâ&#x20AC;Śare things already beyond repair.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made a pigsty out of Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house, out of my childhood.â&#x20AC;? ORVW,W¡VPRUHOLNHWKH\¡UHGHĂ HFWHG,¡OOĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHP later, chew on them a bit, but I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything

I know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how she sees things, and I would

with them. Katieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t penetrate into my

try and explain, if she would listen, but she wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

world. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been one cursed with insight

and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tired of trying. I lower the broken plate

and compassion. I watch my arm extend and my

and place it gingerly on a stack of â&#x20AC;&#x153;whatsitâ&#x20AC;? on

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my left. I call it that because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure what

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allâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the pile, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look through it in peace while Katieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here. I look down at my feet

I found this plate in the neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trash can

and see sales ads and unopened phone bills.

after the last dinner party before her divorce a

Through the envelopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear window, I can read

year ago. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing to her now, but it marks

my name: Louise Stockton. I repeat it again to

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myselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Louiseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it feels weightless and

unbreakable thing without soul. This plate has

lifeless, an empty husk of long past possibilities.

history, is made from clay of the earth that might

Maybe that, I can throw away, I think.

have witnessed the doom of the dinosaurs, the resurrection of Christ, the eruption of Mt. Vesu-­

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where do you sleep? Eat?â&#x20AC;?

vius. I hold the plate up in front of me until my UHà HFWHGIDFHLVZKHUH.DWLH¡VKHDGZRXOGEH

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sleep much these days,â&#x20AC;? I say. I turn

without the plateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solidity. Instead of hearing

away from my daughter and wade through the

Katie, I close my eyes and imagine what the plate

stories cluttering the hallway. I have to turn

would say if could it speak.

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30 years with my Charlie. His space in the bed

those are like purple hearts to a soldier. I was

is the only clear spot in the room. I sleep on a

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clothes pile. Katie stops at the doorway, and

panel to protect others from stains, to absorb

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m unsure whether she is afraid to crawl over

the spills and miscalculations, to transform the

the stuff or if that clear, empty spot on the bed

bitter truths into sweets much more palatable

is too heavy for her to lift, too palpable for her

to swallow. I am not bitter from all the trans-­

touch. Somewhere inside me, I know I came in

forming. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ripped and tattered, but never

here because I knew she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to fol-­

bitter from service. It was my duty; I performed

low. Sometimes I still get the upper hand with her.

it with love.

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I hear Katie turn. She is working her way back

her way through the front door of the house.

toward the front door, and I both hope and fear

The quietness is viscous as I pick up a torn

she will walk right through it, get into her car,

apron from my sleeping pile. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell

and drive away. I let the apron fall from my

her where I got this if she cared to ask, but the

hand as a glare of sunlight slants in through an

apple pattern hand-­stenciled along the bottom

impossible crevice in a precipice of â&#x20AC;&#x153;whatsit.â&#x20AC;?

of the front lets me know someone, somewhere

The sunlight lands in the clear, empty spot on

loved this dearly.

WKHEHGWKHQVWUHDNVRYHUWKHVLGHDQGUHĂ HFWV in the lens of Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broken reading glasses.

I was a great cook. The best Charlie could

I already know their story. They tell me every

do was throw together a sandwich. I was the

night when I climb onto my pile to rest. I know

chef. I roasted; I steamed; I baked every single

every nuance, every bend of each word.

birthday cake Katie ever had, though her Dad always presented it to her. A gaping wound

The sunlight glares brightly through the lens,

scars the front of the apron. I hold it up in front

momentarily blinding me with smooth, warm,

of me and the rip looks like a mouth, and for

whiteness. My heart jigs in my chest, and I

a second Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m scared it might devour me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m

know Katie just needs to touch that promise

scared I might disappear like the years of my

stone. I remember again that Christmas, how

life, with no one left behind to speak my words,

the sharpness of her doubt melted to silky

to tell my story.

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she looked at me then, clutching the stone in

ly shaped red and green apples along the apron

her tiny hands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming, Mommy.â&#x20AC;?

hem. In the still silence of the room, I close my eyes and listen to the apronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, not for the

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m halfway down the hallway when I hear the

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door slam and the carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s engine rev to life, but I continue to work my way through the stacks

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been afraid to get dirty. Never feared

and piles toward the back bedroom, toward

the pungent aroma of garlic or the lycopene-­

Katieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room and the promise of wholeness and

packed, staining power of tomatoes. To me,

faith restored.

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