John Patrick Tormey 31 July It's a very hot afternoon. The traffic through the tunnel and all the way to Quincy is miserable. The two conditions always seem to coincide. At home, I unlace and remove my boots on the enclosed porch, where they'll stay for the night. I give Kieran a quick hug and kiss in the living room, then walk through the back hallway into the laundry room, where I peel off damp, filthy clothes. I dump them in a soggy heap on top of the dryer instead of into the hamper. I don't want these clothes, soaked in creosote fumes and diesel exhaust and who knows what the fuck else, to contaminate the normal T-shirts and shorts and bras and onesies. I walk through the kitchen to the bathroom in my underwear. Sarah is holding Declan, the baby. I kiss him on the forehead. He scrunches his face, annoyed. Sarah giggles and makes a joke about my extreme farmer's tan. She does this more days than not. Her favorite joke. She's pale, chained inside because of the heat and the baby. She's already lost twenty-five pounds because she's breastfeeding. I shoot back with a crabby,
River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative – Ashland University
Published: May 6, 2015
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