The Real Deal

The other night I sat out in the way-back of my friend’s house and watched the night fall. All At Once there were hundreds of fireflies, maybe thousands of them in the trees surging up from within the infant dark. We couldn’t see the trees, only the inky black and their lights flashing rapidly, brilliantly, […]

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Joy

We all know that life for children is a dramatic balancing act on the line between bullying and being bullied, tormenting or being tormented. As a child I stuck close to Darwinism. I wasn’t raised that way. My father didn’t teach me to be so afraid of the world that I had to grind it down into the ground just to feel safe. My mother never told me that the only way to avoid cruelty was to be cruel but, being a child—and a particularly unlikeable one—that was the only truth life had taught me so far. And I, like everyone else my age, taught it to someone else.

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