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It happened this way She knew that it had though she could barely remember the way it felt They all knew though they never discussed it openly when they got together for holidays and the occasional sisters spa get away because lives are not so easily disassembled as all that They could all agree that it had happened in the summer because the whole thing had the smell and taste of the cherry Popsicles they consumed daily licking and sucking and biting until there was nothing left but the stick Red the youngest didnt even stop there She splintered the Popsicle sticks gnawing at them like a puppy just discovering shes grown teeth As they ate their icy delights the oldest Maya read to her sisters from a well-worn treasury of world Folk and Fairy Tales They could all agree that it had been summer because they remembered that the dried out brown grass was scratchy against their skin sticking in the inconvenient corners of their matching pink corduroy shorts They remembered their sweaty backs clinging to the white tank tops that had been purchased with the shorts at a Pick n Save sale Mayas had a little butterfly Melisades a blue heart and Reds was festooned with a red red rose Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by every one who looked at her but most of all by her grandmother and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet which suited her so well that she would never wear anything elseThey could also agree that one thing was for sure grandmother was sick and mother was sick and the whole adult world seemed to them to be coming apart at the seams Mother stumbled around wearing nothing but her fluffy blue bathrobe the skin of her legs and the folds of her
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