She went into her small kitchen to the breakfast nook, and I followed like Mary’s little lamb.
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She was so thin the knobs of her elbows stuck out like the wooden couplers in a set of Tinker Toys.
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He treated you like dirt. Insulted, berated. I don’t think I ever heard him say a nice word to you. And there you were, falling all over yourself promising to love, honor, and obey.
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“You have no filter. Whatever crosses your mind, comes straight out of your mouth.”
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... going to learn anything was to take risks, make mistakes, and suffer the consequences. She thought their job was to keep watch over the process and step in if he was headed down the wrong road.
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“Parents stink, you know that? My dad’s a magician. He gives with one hand and takes away with the other. Poof! Now you see it, now you don’t. Next thing you know, you’re screwed.”

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