Staph

We were hungry, waiting for Daddy to get home and take us out for pizza. When he called to say he was too tired to drive back, Mama said, We’ll watch TV. We knew she meant QVC.

I cooked eggs for us. I cracked six into a skillet and turned on the burner. They ran all together and my sister said, Ugh, but I cut them in wedges, like pie.

Mama was on the couch with her swollen leg stretched out. She had a ring on one toe and she couldn’t get it off. She turned on the TV and sent me to get her credit cards from the shoebox under our bed. I brought back bracelets too, for the three of us. My sister and I sat on the floor, leaning against the couch. We held our hands up so the bracelets wouldn’t fall off.

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