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Alison Louise Harney is earning an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She writes theatre and art reviews for the Wilmington Star-News and designs the literary journal Ecotone.
September 24th, 2008
A Cat, Crickets, Peaches and Ice Cream—and Immortality
My mother, the cat and I decided to sit outside to eat our dessert. We don’t sit there as often as one might think. The deck is stained the color of our cat’s eyes. He is always right there, gazing through the rail – cranky, a barn cat unable to kill, called to sit, to wonder. The crickets scream in unison as my mother’s silver spoon cradles a slice of peach. She held the bite high. My father ate peaches and vanilla ice cream every single night in summertime. That is when I knew what it meant to live forever. I never met my mother’s father, but the way her eyes softened, the way I melted too – I knew he was a good man, so we celebrated.…
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