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A relic unearthed: the black-and-white holiday family photo
A relic unearthed: the black-and-white holiday family photo

This photo stays in my head like yesterday's brandy. My cousin's wife found it, scanned it and emailed it to me and my siblings around the country. The Thanksgiving still life. An heirloom, really. Like a scene from Samuel Beckett, where nothing much happens, yet everything does. That's me, the young idiot on the left, ready to slide under the table. Next to me, on the far left, my mom. As wardens go, she looks fairly benign, with a smile that could outshine the sun. But you didn't cross her. She had a French temper and didn't fret over smacking a disrespectful kid. On the other hand, she had the sort of heehaw laugh that could change the migration patterns of...

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