Nina Boals, “Hiding Matches”

As if coaching  words to swim  across oceans  for her mother, my mother shouts into the phone  to help her family hear  or understand.  For years, she’s been adding dollars  to add minutes  to buy time  she gets to speak  to family  who have forgotten all of the details:  how much sugar  she takes in her chai,  if she spells her name with a ‘t’ or a ‘th’.   I […]

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