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In Medias Res 123, 123, 123 Dance Jacqueline C. Finley As the worship ebbed in the atmosphere, the musicians and singers exited the platform. The sanctuary filled with the late arrivals. Visitors and members scrambled for vacant seats. The weekly PBS video is running overhead. Join the ministry on Saturday for our Annual Family Fun Day picnic. It starts at 11am in the Park. Across the back aisle, she is leaning into the crowd, walking pass the arrivals. She focuses on the movement just a stride ahead. A movement buried knee high in the depth of the goings and comings of the congregation. Barely visible, the thick chocolate locks bob about just inches in front of her. The locks cover the head of Baby Boy. His 3’6” tall frame dressed in a blue and white plaid shirt with khakis. Confident with each step, Baby Boy makes his way, weaving past strollers, pants legs and skirt hems. Yet less than a full stride away Mother is right there. Her hand hovering like a marionette guiding him towards the door. He swipes at the strings. “I can do this!” His toddler’s pace quickens. She gently tightens. “No, not yet.” Unyielding, her pace matches. The dance continues through the exit. Twenty minutes later, they re-enter. Hand in hand, side-by-side, they make their way through the emptying aisle. His pace in stride with hers. “I can do this!” Her steps leading the pace. “Yes, you are doing fine.” At the row, she succeeds, letting him guide his way pass the seats. “cuse me, cuse me.” He reaches their seats. He begins the climb, she reaches to re-connect but he shakes her off. “I can do this!” She loosens the strings. 16

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In Medias Res: Vol. 2, Summer 2013  

The Odyssey Project's original publication featuring brand new fiction, poetry, reviews, profiles, interviews and more from Odyssey Project...

In Medias Res: Vol. 2, Summer 2013  

The Odyssey Project's original publication featuring brand new fiction, poetry, reviews, profiles, interviews and more from Odyssey Project...

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