All of Me

All of Me In a bar, at Shakers, I wait for my friend Norma to join me for a drink. I’ve known Norma for twenty years since I first immigrated to Roanoke. I’ve been meeting her in this bar for over a decade, mostly for gossip and childfree time. We got acquainted at a fitness center, where she taught step aerobics and now takes Zumba classes. In my mind she’s hardly changed —the same plump body and lascivious smile. The curves of her breasts and buttocks are taunting. Both Norma and I have been married for nineteen years, with two children, who are about to graduate high school. She has daughters and I have sons, and we’ve always joked that they should get married, so we can finally be connected not only through spirit but through the blood of our future grandbabies. Other than our age—forty-five—we are very di√erent, Norma and me. She’s blond, blue-eyed, fair-skinned; I’m half-Russian, half-Armenian with a bale of black hair and skin that looks tan all year round. She’s a lighter side to my darker one. Norma loves comedies and Hallmark family entertainment, and I crave the tragic and the desperate. Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky. I listen http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

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In a bar, at Shakers, I wait for my friend Norma to join me for a drink. I’ve known Norma for twenty years since I first immigrated to Roanoke. I’ve been meeting her in this bar for over a decade, mostly for gossip and childfree time. We got acquainted at a fitness center, where she taught step aerobics and now takes Zumba classes. In my mind she’s hardly changed —the same plump body and lascivious smile. The curves of her breasts and buttocks are taunting. Both Norma and I have been married for nineteen years, with two children, who are about to graduate high school. She has daughters and I have sons, and we’ve always joked that they should get married, so we can finally be connected not only through spirit but through the blood of our future grandbabies. Other than our age—forty-five—we are very di√erent, Norma and me. She’s blond, blue-eyed, fair-skinned; I’m half-Russian, half-Armenian with a bale of black hair and skin that looks tan all year round. She’s a lighter side to my darker one. Norma loves comedies and Hallmark family entertainment, and I crave the tragic and the desperate. Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky. I listen

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Published: Aug 9, 2017

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