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driving eases my brain and gives me a little relief. Something familiar. Something that hasn’t drastically changed. Traffic is the same. Exits are the same. Even the trees that swallow you up in the sanctuary are the same. Same curves. Same lights. Driving through the Arbor Sanctuary is about as much of a relief as I’ve felt in what feels like months. Please don’t tell me it’s been months. The driveway is empty. My mom still lives in the house I grew up in. After the drive from BigCorp tower I can appreciate all the times she must have driven me back and forth. Some parents drive their kids all over for a traveling soccer team or violin lessons. My mom drove me because I had another person living inside of me. I wonder how the college admissions board dealt with that little ditty? The front door is bright pink. That’s my mom for you. She knows who she is and what she likes, despite how different it is. Wish I could say the same. The door is never locked, so I walk right in. “Mom? You home?” “Hey, honey, in here,” she calls from the kitchen. The smell of chocolate chip cookies rests on the air. She only makes them when she’s stressed about something. Which makes sense why, when I was a kid, I put on so much weight. The more I think about things, the more they seem to tell a sort of hidden story. What I assumed were random acts, suddenly, now have meaning. Thank God I’m the smarter one… Row upon row of cookies are cooling on racks. There are three plates already piled high off to the side. When she sees me she comes over and gives me a kiss. Her hair is greasy and frazzled. It doesn’t look like she’s showered in days. The bags under her eyes tell the same story. Page 41 | The Paragon Journal

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The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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